The news came as reports suggested that Greece risked running out of cash by 20 April unless it secured fresh aid, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters yesterday, leaving it little time to convince sceptical creditors it is committed to economic reform.
Athens faces a €1.7bn (£1.25bn) bill for wages and pensions at the end of the month and then a €450m loan payment to the IMF on 9 April.
And in a sign that the crunch had become even more desperate, state health service officials were asked yesterday to hand over a €50m reserve for paying medical workers.
Meanwhile, after talks with EU leaders, Athens said it will present a package of reforms to its Eurozone partners by Monday in the hope of unlocking aid and avoiding a messy default.
Eurogroup chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who is also Dutch finance minister, said: “That they’re all but broke, we knew already. But my message to the Greeks is then every time again: So then, work with us as quickly as possible on an adjustment to the programme.”