The head of euro zone finance ministers urged Greece on Monday to "stop wasting time" and buckle down to serious talks on implementing a reform program to secure urgently needed fresh funds from its international creditors.
Ministers spent barely 30 minutes discussing Greece at their monthly meeting, an EU official said, stressing it was time for Athens to engage in serious, detailed discussions with experts from the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund - formerly known as the "troika".
EU and Greek officials said Greece, which had vowed to end cooperation with the "troika", had agreed technical talks with "the three institutions" would begin in Brussels on Wednesday.
"Little has been done since the last Eurogroup (meeting two weeks ago) in terms of talks, in terms of implementation," Eurogroup chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem said on arrival for the meeting of ministers of the 19-nation currency bloc.
"We have to stop wasting time and really start talks seriously," he said, adding that euro zone partners stood ready to support Greece if it continued on the economic reform path.