A crucial week for the Greek economy begins on Tuesday, as the Middle-term program and the package of privatisations must be itemized for tabling in parliament by mid-May and vote by early June after deliberations with the EU-IMF 'troika'. Prime minister George Papandreou was due to return to Athens on Monday from a brief Easter holiday respite on the island of Hydra.

A team of troika experts is due in early May for its regular consultations and evaluation of progress ahead of the disbursement of the next tranche (12 billion euros) of the EU-IMF 110 billion euro bailout loan to Greece.
Eurostat, the European Commission's statistical agency, is also due to release on Tuesday the figures for the 2010 deficit.