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Catalonia seeks €6.347 Bln loan from Madrid

Source: El Pais - Fri 7th Feb 2014
Catalonia seeks €6.347 Bln loan from Madrid

The Catalan government, which is currently immersed on a self-rule drive, will ask the central government to lend it €6.347 Bln this year from the Regional Liquidity Fund (FLA), the region's economic and financial commissioner, Andreu Mas-Colell said Thursday.

The FLA was set up in 2012 to help fund cash-strapped regions that have been cut off from the debt markets because of prohibitively high interest rates. However, since the fund was established, Spain's borrowings cost have fallen notably.

Mas-Colell said of the €6.347 Bln, €1.96 Bln will go to cover the target deficit of the region for this year of 1% of regional GDP, with the remaining €4.387 Bln to go to cover debt maturities. The amount Catalonia is seeking this year is down 41% on the €10.833 Bln borrowed from the FLA last year when the region had higher debt maturities.

The FLA has been allocated €23 Bln for this year, which means that the amount Catalonia is asking for will take up 27.6% of the total.

The average interest rate paid by regions on loans received from the FLA fell to 3.91% last year from 5.18% and is expected to be even lower this year, with Spain's risk premium now below 200 basis points.

Mas-Colell has for some time been asking for the FLA to be made a permanent feature of the regional financing system.

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Comment on this Story

Presumably this "loan" will be repaid to the Spanish taxpayer in full in the event that Catalonia votes "yes" to a referendum on Independence ?
Robster - Fri, 7th Feb 2014

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