Irish bailout fixed at €85bn

2010-11-28 22:11

Brussels - Ireland's bailout was formally announced Sunday at €85bn, €10bn of which is for "immediate recapitalisation" and €25bn for contingency support to its banking sector, the head of the Eurogroup said.

Finance ministers from the 16 countries that share the euro currency, plus non-euro Britain, Denmark and Sweden, each of whom are making bilateral loans available to Dublin, "unanimously agreed today to grant financial assistance" to Ireland, Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker said.

The programme of loans, with €50bn set aside for "covering budget financing needs," and "rests on three pillars," he said.

These are: an "immediate strengthening" of Ireland's banking system, an "ambitious fiscal adjustment" in order to bring Ireland's 32% of GDP annual deficit this year back within EU norms, of three percent, "by 2015," as well as broader economic reforms "in particular on the labour market".

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