The return of the eurozone central banks’ profits from Greek bonds for this year stands at € 1 billion, according to a statement by Managing Director of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) Klaus Regling. Mr Regling stressed that the decision on disbursement would be judged at the next Eurogroup, based on the second enhanced surveillance report the institutions will make public on February 27.

Klaus Regling explained that there are some “open issues” and that Greece has a few weeks ahead to face them. Also, the European official commented that “the Greek authorities are in constant contact with the institutions and the issues are clearly identified”.