Bank of Greece governor joins government talks with the troika to seek protection for businesses

The Greek government and troika officials have begun discussing proposals for an overhaul of the civil service and other attempts to address funding gaps.

The governor of the Bank of Greece Giorgos Provopoulos will also be joining Greek finance minister Yannis Stournaras and the troika officials to give his input and an update on the recapitalisation of Greek banks.

The funding gap in Greece is primarily derived from the deficit of the country's main healthcare provider EOPYY, and it's expected a claw-back scheme will be used to cap expenses of the private clinics and diagnostic centres covered by the organisation.

The troika have also been insisting that a tax on companies' turnover of 0.2 per cent should be levied to go towards the social security fund of the self-employed (OAEE) - which is expected to raise €600m in 2014 - but the government is reluctant to enforce this. Sources have told the Ekathimerini news site that Stournaras will suggest alternative measures to protect businesses, for example, removing exemptions in OAEE pensions.