European shares mark time ahead of euro zone meeting

lunes 16 de febrero de 2015 08:01 GYT

* FTSEurofirst 300 down 0.1 pct, hovers just below 7-year high

* Euro zone talks expected to begin at 1400 GMT

* Actelion falls after warning on impact of higher franc

By Francesco Canepa and Blaise Robinson

LONDON/PARIS, Feb 16 (Reuters) - European stocks slipped on Monday, taking a breather following last week's sharp gains, as investors awaited a euro zone finance ministers' meeting in Brussels to see if common ground will be found with Greece's new government.

At 1136 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was down 0.1 percent at 1,501.65 points, just below a seven-year high hit during the session on Friday.

Greece's finance minister and his euro zone peers, together with European Central Bank President Mario Draghi, will discuss on Monday how to proceed with Greece's bailout programme, which runs out on Feb. 28. Talks are expected to begin at 1400 GMT.

Greece said it was confident it would reach an agreement with its euro zone partners but Germany's Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said he was not very optimistic about a deal being reached on Monday.

Greek shares were down 4.4 percent after rallying 11 percent last week as optimism about a deal grew.   Continuación...