Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Tuesday insisted that no new austerity measures will be required as part of a deal reached earlier in the day between the Greek government and troika inspectors following seven months of tough negotiations.
"Today a long period of tribulations has ended, and a new beginning is being made," Samaras said.
Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras has refused to commit on the question of whether Greece and the troika will conclude their talks on Monday after lengthy discussions over the weekend.
I dont know [if talks will conclude today], said Stournaras after he left talks with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras at lunchtime on Monday.
The Finance Ministrys General Secretariat for Information Systems (GSIS) is to set up an electronic system to monitor telephone calls made from government offices and the broader public sector after recent research suggested that the states phone bill costs Greek taxpayers some 285 million euros a year.
Deal securing cheaper Russian natural gas for industries and households applies from July 2013 for 10 years
By Chryssa Liaggou
The Environment and Energy Ministry announced on Tuesday that Greece has secured a 15 percent discount on natural gas from Russian energy giant Gazprom for 10 years, adding that the measure will be retroactively applied from July 2013.