Greece's finance minister has said he hoped Athens could swiftly qualify for the European Central Bank's quantitative easing programme after the successful conclusion of its first bailout review this week. 

After six months of tense talks, Greece reached a deal with its foreign creditors which will unlock desperately needed bailout loans and agreed on steps that will help relieve its debt mountain. 

"With this review one of our aims was to enter the quantitative easing programme, which we hope will come very soon," Euclid Tsakalotos said after the decision by euro zone finance ministers. 

Under the QE programme, the ECB is currently buying €80 billion of bonds each month to pump new stimulus funds into the euro zone economy. 

Tsakalotos said he was optimistic the ECB would also soon resume accepting Greek government bonds as collateral for lending funds to Greek banks. 

Both actions, he said, would "send a message to the markets that Greece is like every other country". 

Asked if the government would ease capital controls imposed last June to arrest a run on deposits, Tsakalotos said it depended on the return of bank deposits. 

He said he was confident a more stable banking environment would give Athens room to undo the restrictions. 

"I think capital controls depend on how much people will see changes from this deal. It's very important that for capital controls to unwind, (that) money return to banks," he said.

Deputy Finance Minister George Chouliarakis told reporters Greece could return to bond markets next year. 

"Our intention is to tap markets when there is stabilisation and after the economy recovers, and start in 2107... but we don't want to rush," Chouliarakis said. 

Athens will not need to adopt any further measures until the end of the bailout programme, he said, adding the disbursement of the €10.3 billion aid in two tranches would help boost economic activity.

Greece wants to use a big chunk of the funds to pay off state arrears, a move which Chouliarakis said would offset the impact of the austerity measures, tax hikes and pension reforms that Greek lawmakers approved to qualify for the funds. 

The rest will be used to pay off IMF loans and ECB bonds.

But Chouliarakis cautioned that Greece will not be able to maintain long-term primary surpluses of 3.5% of GDP, a target set in its current bailout for 2018, adding that it was rare for any country to reach that target.