"The authorities have legally implemented the first set of four measures agreed at the Euro Summit in a timely and overall satisfactory manner," spokeswoman Annika Breidthardt told reporters. The Parliament in Athens adopted overnight a set of sweeping reforms after radical left Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urged them to back the unpopular measures, a condition to begin discussions for its new 86-billion-euro bailout.

"The Greek Parliament took an important step toward rebuilding trust with Greece's international partners," added Breidthardt, who represents the European Commission, the executive of the 28-nation EU.

Michel Reijns, spokesman for Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who heads the Eurogroup of Finance Ministers representing the 19-country eurozone, said the group had finished a teleconference on Greece and would issue a statement later Thursday.

The ministers were expected to discuss a three-month 7.0 billion euro bridging loan for Greece through an EU-wide crisis fund to hold Athens over until its new bailout is ratified. Britain and the Czech Republic resisted the use of this fund, but European officials told reporters that a compromise was in the works and could be finalised on Friday.

"We do think there are a number of solutions that could be found -- our objective here is the principle that British taxpayers' money should not be put on the line for a financial package for the eurozone," a spokesman for Prime Minister David Cameron said.

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