Eurozone Ministers Agree on Bail-out Banking Deal

Eurozone finance ministers have agreed on a long-awaited pact on how to deal with failing banks in the region.

It aims to create a 55bn euro ($75bn; £46bn) fund – financed by the banking industry, over the next 10 years.

The fund would be backed by a new agency, which will decide on how to deal with failing banks.

European leaders – who meet at a summit on Thursday and Friday – want to sign off on a deal so that this banking union can start in 2015.

The deal is part of wider efforts by the region’s economies towards building a banking union as they look to avoid taxpayer-funded bank bailouts.

However, there is still disagreement over how banks will be wound up or re-capitalised in the early years while the new arrangements for banking union are taking shape.

via BBC News – Eurozone ministers agree banking deal

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