Tusk immediately summoned all the Eurozone finance ministers to an emergency meeting, telling reporters:
"We have to avoid a situation of renewed uncertainty for Greece. We need a date for a Eurogroup meeting in the not distant future. In days, not weeks."
Tsipras had asked Tusk to call a meeting of all the EU leaders, but Tusk rebuffed his suggestion.
Eurozone finance ministers were due to meet on April 28 to discuss the Greek reforms needed to unlock the next tranche of money under the bailout deal, but the meeting was called off because of what sources said was a lack of agreement between Athens and its creditors.
After six years of recession, we are laying the foundations for recovery. Read my article at the Financial Times https://t.co/lxLqQgGyFv— Alexis Tsipras (@tsipras_eu) April 14, 2016
Sources told the ANA-MPA press agency that "huge discrepancies" between the institutions and Greece on debt is another reason why the Eurogroup will not take place on April 28 as planned.
Negotiations over the third bailout since 2010 have been hit by a series of delays. As a pre-requisite of the third bailout talks beginning, Greece was forced to pass legislation on tax and pension reform, as well as other issues.
Greece needs a boost in investment and growth. https://t.co/uX81BHH5s7— Alexis Tsipras (@tsipras_eu) April 18, 2016
The latest stumbling block is over contingent measures to go with austerity measures worth 3 percent of GDP. Greece's creditors are demanding Athens guarantees an extra US$4 billion in savings that could be needed in the future will be implemented if deemed necessary.
The third bailout austerity measures have proved deeply unpopular in Greece, with many demonstrations and rising street crime. The reforms included "streamlining the VAT system and broadening the tax base to increase revenue" and "up-front measures to improve long-term sustainability of the pension system as part of a comprehensive pension reform program."
For decades, Greek houses are left with the top story covered, but with a roof yet-to-be-added, in order to avoid the so-called roof tax. Hence the number of houses in Greece that have twisted rod reinforcing bars sticking out of the top of them.
The Troika is also said to be calling for a further restructuring of the Athens transport organization OASA, the stepping up of privatizations, with binding bids for the sale of at least 51 percent of Piraeus and Thessaloniki ports announced. The sale of regional airports to the winning bidder Fraport must also be finalized.