European leaders were set to ease Greece's financial pain and recommit to keeping it in the euro after the Athens government delivered an austerity budget for 2013.

European and International Monetary Fund experts provided a positive verdict on Greece's prospects, clearing an obstacle to a 31.5 billion-euro ($40 billion) aid payout that's been on hold since June.

"The overall orientation that's emerging from the preparatory work is such that the next disbursement to Greece should be organized in the best possible way," Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker told reporters in Brussels before chairing tonight's meeting of euro finance ministers.

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