Banks eye state-backed credit
There is strong competition among banks for participation in the Guarantee Fund for the provision of state-subsidized liquidity to Greek enterprises, with 14 lenders expressing an interest in response to the invitation published by the Hellenic Development Bank.
These banks are the four systemic ones (Alpha, National, Eurobank and Piraeus), Attica, Optima, Procredit, six cooperative lenders (Epirus, Pancretan, Thessalia, Karditsa, Central Macedonia and Hania), as well as British credit corporation Ebury.
Such is the competition for the state-backed credit that the amount of loans for which banks have submitted offers added up to 8.5 billion euros, while the sum of the credit with the contribution of banks has been calculated at €7 billion. Sources say the four systemic lenders have submitted demands for loans totaling over €1.5 billion each, thereby laying claim to...