Europe

Greek agreement with creditors 'getting closer'

FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 file photo, Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem gestures as he arrives for a meeting of eurogroup finance ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels. Greece's creditors said Friday, April 22, 2016 they are within touching distance of an agreement over the next batch of reforms the cash-strapped country has to make to unlock further bailout funds and trigger debt-relief discussions. Following weeks of criticism and delay, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the top official of the grouping of the 19 euro countries, said a decisive breakthrough could come as soon as next Thursday, when a special meeting of the eurogroup will likely be held in Brussels. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, file)

FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 file photo, Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem gestures as he arrives for a meeting of eurogroup finance ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels. Greece's creditors said Friday, April 22, 2016 they are within touching distance of an agreement over the next batch of reforms the cash-strapped country has to make to unlock further bailout funds and trigger debt-relief discussions. Following weeks of criticism and delay, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the top official of the grouping of the 19 euro countries, said a decisive breakthrough could come as soon as next Thursday, when a special meeting of the eurogroup will likely be held in Brussels. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, file)  (The Associated Press)

Greece's creditors say they are inching nearer to an agreement over the next batch of reforms the cash-strapped country has to make to unlock further bailout funds and trigger debt-relief discussions.

Following weeks of criticism and delay, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the top official of the grouping of the 19 euro countries, said Friday that both sides "are close to an agreement on number of key areas, such as the pension reform, the income tax reform" and a privatization fund.

All those reforms were part of last summer's bailout with the left-led Greek government. Greece narrowly avoided leaving the eurozone by committing to further austerity measures in return for its third bailout that was potentially worth 86 billion euros ($97 billion).

He said eurogroup ministers would likely have a special meeting Thursday.