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Greece Agrees With EIB on 750 Million-Euro Loan Package
Bloomberg, Business Week,
13 September 2012
Greece and the European Investment Bank agreed on the immediate disbursement of 750 million euros ($968 million) in loans to small and medium-sized enterprises and for transport, energy and education projects.
The businesses, known as SMEs, will absorb about 440 million euros of the loans, according to a statement from the Athens-based Finance Ministry today.
The deal “brings real money into the economy at a time when the lack of liquidity is causing problems that are suffocating the market,” Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras said in the statement.
Greece and the EIB, the European Union’s finance arm, said July 21 that the lender would disburse 1.44 billion euros in loans to Greek SMEs by the end of 2015 via the country’s banks.