Eurogroup Reaches Agreement on Cyprus Bailout

The Eurogroup has reached an agreement with the Cypriot authorities on the key elements necessary for a future macroeconomic adjustment programme.
The Eurogroup has reached an agreement with the Cypriot authorities on the key elements necessary for a future macroeconomic adjustment programme.

The deal will include a levy on deposits of more than 100,000 euros in Cyprus’s two biggest banks.
The levy on deposits in Laiki (Popular) Bank – the country’s second-biggest – could be as high as 40%, reports say.
Following the presentation by the Cyprus authorities of their policy plans, which were broadly welcomed by the Eurogroup, the following was agreed:

1. Laiki will be resolved immediately – with full contribution of equity shareholders, bond holders and uninsured depositors – based on a decision by the Central Bank of Cyprus, using the newly adopted Bank Resolution Framework.

2. Laiki will be split into a good bank and a bad bank. The bad bank will be run down over time.

3. The good bank will be folded into Bank of Cyprus (BoC), using the Bank Resolution Framework, after having heard the Boards of Directors of BoC and Laiki. It will take 9 bn Euros of ELA with it. Only uninsured deposits in BoC will remain frozen until recapitalisation has been effected, and may subsequently be subject to appropriate conditions.

4. The Governing Council of the ECB will provide liquidity to the BoC in line with applicable rules.

5. BoC will be recapitalised through a deposit/equity conversion of uninsured deposits with full contribution of equity shareholders and bond holders.

6. The conversion will be such that a capital ratio of 9 % is secured by the end of the programme.

7. All insured depositors in all banks will be fully protected in accordance with the relevant EU legislation.

8. The programme money (up to 10bn Euros) will not be used to recapitalise Laiki and Bank of Cyprus.

Read the Eurogroup Statement below:

This agreement is supported by all euro area Member States as well as the three institutions.

The programme will address the exceptional challenges that Cyprus is facing and restore the viability of the financial sector, with the view of restoring sustainable growth and sound public finances over the coming years.

The Eurogroup welcomes the plans for restructuring the financial sector as specified in the annex. These measures will form the basis for restoring the viability of the financial sector. In particular, they safeguard all deposits below EUR 100.000 in accordance with EU principles.

The programme will contain a decisive approach to addressing financial sector imbalances. There will be an appropriate downsizing of the financial sector, with the domestic banking sector reaching the EU average by 2018. In addition, the Cypriot authorities have reaffirmed their commitment to step up efforts in the areas of fiscal consolidation, structural reforms and privatisation.

The Eurogroup welcomes the Terms of Reference for an independent evaluation of the implementation of the anti-money laundering framework in Cypriot financial institutions, involving Moneyval alongside a private international audit firm, and is reassured that the launch of the audit is imminent. In the event of problems in the implementation of the framework, problems will be corrected as part of the programme conditionality.

The Eurogroup further welcomes the Cypriot authorities’ commitment to take further measures. These measures include the increase of the withholding tax on capital income and of the statutory corporate income tax rate. The Eurogroup looks forward to an agreement between Cyprus and the Russian Federation on a financial contribution.

The Eurogroup urges the immediate implementation of the agreement between Cyprus and Greece on the Greek branches of the Cypriot banks, which protects the stability of both the Greek and Cypriot banking systems.

The Eurogroup requests the Cypriot authorities and the Commission, in liaison with the ECB, and the IMF to finalise the MoU at staff level in early April.

The Eurogroup notes the intention of the Cypriot authorities to compensate potential individual victims of fraudulent practices, in line with established legal and judicial procedures, outside the programme.

The Eurogroup takes note of the authorities’ decision to introduce administrative measures, appropriate in view of the present unique and exceptional situation of Cyprus’ financial sector and to allow for a swift reopening of the banks. The Eurogroup stresses that these administrative measures will be temporary, proportionate and non-discriminatory, and subject to strict monitoring in terms of scope and duration in line with the Treaty.

Against this background, the Eurogroup reconfirms, as stated already on 16 March, that – in principle – financial assistance to Cyprus is warranted to safeguard financial stability in Cyprus and the euro area as a whole by providing financial assistance for an amount of up to EUR 10bn. The Eurogroup would welcome a contribution by the IMF to the financing of the programme. Together with the decisions taken by Cyprus, this results in a fully financed programme which will allow Cyprus’ public debt to remain on a sustainable path.

The Eurogroup expects that the ESM Board of Governors will be in a position to formally approve the proposal for a financial assistance facility agreement by the third week of April 2013 subject to the completion of national procedures.


  1. Financial provisions for bank survival is the universal mechanism of security!
    Cyprus, however, like Greece requires the restructuring and implementation socio-economic and political institutional reform to enter a new revised era of capitalism and global economic behaviour.
    Otherwise, inept politics will drive and lead to an inept economy!

  2. More incredible fraud and criminality brought to you by the EU Commission where Merkel and her Nazi friends Olli Rehn and Legarde bully smaller countries into slavery and robbing their banks without slighest regard for the citizens… The Nazi are back again!

  3. After 2 World Wars & 30 million people murdered and 1/2 million slaughtered in Greece, why would anyone think the German mentality has changed? It’s only been 60 years and they are at it again now destroying Europe in a new kind of ‘Biltzkrieg’ with “Financial Weapons of Mass Destruction”…

    They are also selling military weapons on the open world market and training other countries armies and Police like they have done in Greece, making them brutal …Why is the US & EU Allowing this to happen?

    The Germans must be reigned in again before it’s too late.

  4. Tell that to the Romans. They created a bastard world. If ancient Greece destroyed the Romans, then the Greeks would created a perfect world. Italians are Greeks enemies.

  5. The US and EU need Germany far more than they need Greece!
    Germany is a global player in both industry and production. All we have is a dysfunctional socio-economic system in dire need of restructure and reform.

    While I see austerity measures as targeting in the main the wrong people of our society, they are in reality a EU proposition to provide our economy with standardised checks and balances, which in turn will open the possibility of foreign investment and thus work for our folk.

  6. do you really think that the US is not also providing military weapons to overthrow government’s they don’t like?

  7. While I am not thrilled at the reaction of German populists Germany is no way responsible for Greece or anyone else’s government or bank debt problems.

    You didn’t answer my question. You rant about existing parties and advocate terrrorism but flip flop on which party you support. What party is it you support replacing the current ones? Communist Syriza that supports the Skopians?

  8. More incredible is the slanderous ranting remarks you make here on a daily basis. Everyone is a “Naz” according to you.

  9. Alex..I don’t know what your problem is, but I’ll bet it’s hard to pronounce.
    Grow up and get a life!

  10. Then why hasn’t the EU COmmission asked that crooked PASOK & ND Leaders be prosecuted by Law and punished for their 30 years of crimes against the State and Greek People?


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