The government is seeking out additional systemic solutions for the banks' bad-loan problem, beyond the state's Hercules plan, Finance Minister Christos Staikouras revealed to Bloomberg on Thursday. His comments came after Bank of Greece Governor Yannis Stournaras said that Hercules is a step in the right direction but is not enough.
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While the approval by the European Commission's competition authorities of a Greek plan to cut bad loans at the country's lenders by up to 30 billion euros is an "important step" in the right direction it will not be enough, and will have to be supplemented by the Greek central bank's proposal, Governor Yannis Stournaras said on Friday.
The European Commission on Thursday approved the Greek state's "Hercules" plan to reduce local banks' bad loans by up to 30 billion euros, and Deputy Finance Minister Giorgos Zavvos called on the country's lenders to utilize the project, making the most of the favorable market climate that cuts the cost of state collateral.