Cyprus reports sharp cut in size of banking sector

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 10, 2013 at 1:58 pm •  Published: April 10, 2013
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NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A draft bailout document between Cyprus and its international creditors shows that the size of the country's banking sector has been sharply reduced since the country's rescue package was agreed last month.

The draft memorandum of understanding, seen by The Associated Press Wednesday, claims the country's banking sector is now three-and-a-half times the size of the country's economy, down from five-and-a-half times. The new figure is placed in brackets, indicating that it could change further before the memorandum is finalized.

Cyprus's outsized financial institutions were one of the main reasons the country sought a 10 billion euro ($13.04 billion) bailout. As part of the rescue, Cyprus agreed to break up No. 2 bank Laiki, and impose losses on savers with more than 100,000 euros in another lender, the Bank of Cyprus.

Before it is implemented, the memorandum has to be agreed by the 17 eurozone finance ministers and International Monetary Fund and then voted on by several countries' parliaments.

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