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EU Commission says Greece could get short-term funds rapidly

[BRUSSELS] The European Commission said on Thursday it was encouraged by the large majority in the Greek parliament for measures demanded by the eurozone in return for aid and expressed confidence that Athens could receive short-term financing soon.

Commission spokeswoman Annika Breidthardt told a news conference that the Greek parliament had taken an important step towards rebuilding trust with Greece's international partners.

"Everyone did what is best for Europe, and I think, the Greek parliament has spoken with a very loud voice. We had 229 MPs in favour. That's the signal we're taking out of that," she said.

"We've made a lot of progress on the EFSM proposal, and we're confident that a compromise is within reach... Once adopted, the funds could be disbursed rapidly."


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