“The meeting is over. The release of the financial aid has been accepted,” said a spokesman for Eurogroup chief Jean-Claude Juncker said.
The IMF and the eurozone had agreed to release 43.7 billion euros in rescue loans in four instalments to enable Greece to avoid bankruptcy provided Athens carried out a bond buyback.
Part of that money, an amount of some 34 billion euros, is urgently needed to recapitalise Greek banks which took part in a previous operation to write-down another part of the country’s debt in the spring.
Germany and France signalled on Wednesday that a Greek debt buy-back passed a critical bailout test, saying it was “satisfactory” even though it will cost more than expected.
Greece’s debt management agency said it had attracted offers worth 31.9 billion euros ($41.2 billion) under the scheme.