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With four days left to run before Eurogroup is to decide on the release of a further €8.1bn tranche of aid to Athens, the government and the troika of international creditors are still negotiating on the number of civil servants who will have to be laid off.

On July 4, Poul Thomsen, head of the IMF’s mission in Athens, demanded “more than 15,000” public service job cuts, reports Eleftherotypia.

The Minister for Administrative Reform, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who previously committed to this figure, has now proposed a plan for 6,256 layoffs, of which 2,656 will be at the public broadcaster ERT, as well as a change to the status of 12,500 civil servants employed by the department of education and local administrations who are currently on leave.