European Central Bank
The European Central Bank (ECB) and the National Bank of Bulgaria (BNB, the central bank) have set up a swap line to ensure liquidity of up to two billion euros, the BNB said on Wednesday. The line will be in force until the end of 2020 or until needed. The maximum maturity in respect of each withdrawn amount will be three months, BTA reported.
As the end of the lockdown is already in sight in Greece the day after the coronavirus outbreak is already stirring extreme concern in the government, among financial players and analysts, and not least in the Bank of Greece with the governor of the central bank, Yannis Stournaras, scampering to come up with 10bn euros to bolster the Greek banking system and avert yet another bank crisis.
The Greek state has increased its cash leeway for meeting the challenges of the Covid-19 crisis by 2 billion euros thanks to Wednesday's issue of a seven-year bond, Greece's first market foray after the outbreak of the health crisis in Europe and the country's inclusion in the European Central Bank's emergency bond-buying program.