Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Tsakalotos Says Greece Will Soon Qualify for ECB’s QE Plan

June 8, 2016

Greek bonds will soon become eligible for the European Central Bank’s asset-purchase program, paving the way for an easing of capital controls, and the gradual recovery of investor confidence, Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos said.

The continent’s most indebted state is currently excluded from the quantitative easing program, while its lenders have lost access to regular financing lines, as a quarrel between Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Greece’s creditors in 2015 raised doubts about its solvency and place in the euro area. The flow of bailout loans keeping Greece afloat is slated to resume this month, after the government committed to additional austerity.

“QE could follow as soon as July’s maturing debt is paid,” Tsakalotos said in an interview, referring to a July 20 payment of notes held by the ECB. “I feel confident Greek debt will be eligible” by September, he said.


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