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Arvio noussut: nyt Suomi lainaa Kreikalle 2,2 miljardia
Sami Rainisto

Suomi lainannee Kreikalle uudessa lainaohjelmassa 2,2 miljardia euroa aiemmin arvioidun 1,4 miljardin sijasta, arvioi valtiovarainministeriö tiistaina.

Heinäkuussa EU-maat sopivat Kreikalle 109 miljardin euron lainapaketista, josta Suomen osuudeksi arvioitiin tuolloin 1,4 miljardia euroa.

Nyt näyttää kuitenkin siltä, että tuota arviota joudutaan korottamaan. Neuvotteleva virkamies Martti Salmi valtiovarainministeriöstä arvioi tiistaina vakuusratkaisusta kertovasta taustatilaisuudessa, että Kreikan talouden näkymien synkkenemisen vuoksi maa tarvinnee odotettua suuremman lainapaketin.

Salmi valotti tilaisuudessa Suomen viime yönä EU-maiden kanssa sopimaa vakuusjärjestelyä. Suomen saaman vakuuden suuruus tulee olemaan noin 880 miljoonaa euroa.

Tämä on laskettu siten, että summa on noin 40 prosenttia arvioidusta 2,2 miljardin euron lainatarpeesta. Jos Kreikka ajautuisi maksukyvyttömäksi, laskelman taustalla oleva arvio Salmen mukaan on, että Kreikka voisi saada anteeksi 40 prosenttia veloistaan.

Ministeriö julkisti tiistaina asiakirjan, jossa se vastaa mahdollisimman kattavasti vakuusjärjestelyyn liittyviin kysymyksiin.





Bloomberg:in artikkeli 4.10:

Greece Has Cash to Meet Needs Until Mid-November, Finance Minister Says

By Marcus Bensasson and Christos Ziotis – Oct 4, 2011 4:58 PM GMT+0200

Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos said Greece has enough cash to operate until mid-November, after euro-region finance ministers delayed a decision on the nation’s next emergency-loan payment.

With cash needs covered until then, Greece has time to carry out reforms demanded in return for a new bailout plan, Venizelos told reporters in Athens today after returning from the ministers’ meeting in Luxembourg. The new package “will give a more radical and more complete answer to our problems,” Venizelos said.

The ministers, who yesterday discussed re-crafting a July deal on private-investor participation in a new Greek rescue, pushed back a decision on the release of the country’s next 8 billion-euro ($10.6 billion) loan installment until after Oct. 13. It was the second postponement of a vote originally slated for yesterday as part of the 110 billion-euro lifeline granted to Greece last year. The decision on the payment may come at an Oct. 17-18 European summit.

“In reality, the issue is not the disbursement of the sixth tranche, it is to convince the markets that here we have an overall sustainable solution” based on the July 21 accord on a second bailout worth 109 billion euros, Venizelos said today.

Greece faces a “critical” final quarter of the year to meet its targeted budget deficit of 8.5 percent of economic output, a goal included in the 2012 budget submitted to Parliament for approval before the end of the month, the finance minister said.

Possible Slippage

He said the budget, which was approved by inspectors from the European Union, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank, allows for the deficit to slip to 9 percent if the target is missed, with the difference to be covered in 2012.

“There’s no need for additional measures as long as we are all consistent and organized,” Venizelos said. “If the government mechanisms don’t work, then obviously we may have problems achieving the real goal.”

Yesterday’s meeting did not discuss a Greek default or exit from the euro, Venizelos said, adding that the talks focused on the implementation of austerity measures and structural reforms.

Responses to a letter of inquiry to bondholders regarding a planned voluntary debt swap were being assessed and the terms of the July plan for the swap are being examined, he added.

The Luxembourg meeting also reached an agreement on demands by Finland for collateral in exchange for its participation in the second Greek bailout. The accord involves Greece issuing 880 million euros of bonds to Greek banks, which will provide securities for use as collateral, the finance minister said.