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Greek officials lobby EU, ECB for swift loan release as repayment deadlines loom

  • Greece's Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis arrives for a meeting with EU Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Pierre Moscovici at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday, May 5, 2015.  The European Union on Tuesday nudged up its forecast for economic growth across the 19-country eurozone despite a much gloomier outlook for Greece, which is struggling to get its hands on vital bailout cash that it needs to pay off debts. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    Greece's Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis arrives for a meeting with EU Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Pierre Moscovici at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. The European Union on Tuesday nudged up its forecast for economic growth across the 19-country eurozone despite a much gloomier outlook for Greece, which is struggling to get its hands on vital bailout cash that it needs to pay off debts. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)  (The Associated Press)

  • EU Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Pierre Moscovici addresses the media on the spring economic forecast at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday, May. 5, 2015. The European Union on Tuesday nudged up its forecast for economic growth across the 19-country eurozone despite a much gloomier outlook for Greece.(AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    EU Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Pierre Moscovici addresses the media on the spring economic forecast at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday, May. 5, 2015. The European Union on Tuesday nudged up its forecast for economic growth across the 19-country eurozone despite a much gloomier outlook for Greece.(AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)  (The Associated Press)

  • EU Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Pierre Moscovici addresses the media on the spring economic forecast at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday, May. 5, 2015. The European Union on Tuesday nudged up its forecast for economic growth across the 19-country eurozone despite a much gloomier outlook for Greece. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    EU Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Pierre Moscovici addresses the media on the spring economic forecast at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday, May. 5, 2015. The European Union on Tuesday nudged up its forecast for economic growth across the 19-country eurozone despite a much gloomier outlook for Greece. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)  (The Associated Press)

Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis is meeting top European officials in Paris and Brussels as the cash-strapped country seeks the swift release of delayed bailout money that it needs to keep up with its debt payments.

Varoufakis met French Finance Minister Michel Sapin Tuesday morning. He's scheduled to hold talks with European Union Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici in Brussels later in the day.

Meanwhile Greek Deputy Prime Minister Yannis Dragasakis is due to meet in Frankfurt with European Central Bank President Mario Draghi.

The Greek government is struggling to deliver economic reforms and budget measures demanded by creditors to unlock the remaining 7.2 billion euros ($7.7 billion) in its bailout fund.

Without that money, Greece may run out of cash and decide to leave the euro.