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European Stability Mechanism

European Stability Mechanism
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Logo of the ESM
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  ESM member states
  Other EU member states
Formation 27 September 2012 (2012-09-27)
Type IGO
Legal status
Treaty Establishing the European Stability Mechanism
Headquarters Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
49°38′07″N 6°10′06″E / 49.63529°N 6.1684°E / 49.63529; 6.1684Coordinates: 49°38′07″N 6°10′06″E / 49.63529°N 6.1684°E / 49.63529; 6.1684
Membership 18 (All Member States of the eurozone)
Klaus Regling[1]
President of the Board of Governors
Jeroen Dijsselbloem
Organs
Board of Governors
Board of Directors
Staff around 70[1]
Website esm.europa.eu
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The European Stability Mechanism (ESM) is an international organisation located in Luxembourg which was established on 27 September 2012 as a permanent firewall for the eurozone to safeguard and provide instant access to financial assistance programs for member states of the eurozone in financial difficulty, with a maximum lending capacity of €500 billion. It replaced two earlier temporary EU funding programmes: the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) and the European Financial Stabilisation Mechanism (EFSM). All new bailouts for any eurozone member state will now be covered by ESM, while the EFSF and EFSM will continue to handle money transfers and program monitoring for the previously approved bailout loans to Ireland, Portugal and Greece.

The Treaty Establishing the European Stability Mechanism stipulated that the organization would be established if member states representing 90% of its capital requirements ratified the founding treaty.[2] This threshold was surpassed with Germany's completion of the ratification process on 27 September 2012, which brought the treaty into force on that date for sixteen of the seventeen members of the eurozone. The remaining state, Estonia, which had only committed 0.19% of the capital, completed its ratification on 4 October 2012.[3] A separate treaty, amending Article 136 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) to authorize the establishment of the ESM under EU law, was planned to enter into force on 1 January 2013. However, the last of the then-27 European Union member states to complete their ratification of this amendment, the Czech Republic, did not do so until 23 April 2013, postponing its entry into force until 1 May 2013.[4]

The ESM commenced its operations after an inaugural meeting on 8 October 2012.[5][6] The first 40% of the paid-in capital was transferred by all ESM member states ahead of a treaty regulated deadline of 12 October 2012.[7] ESM member states can apply for a bailout if they are in financial difficulty or their financial sector is a stability threat in need of recapitalization. ESM bailouts are conditional on member states first signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), outlining a programme for the needed reforms or fiscal consolidation to be implemented in order to restore the financial stability. Another precondition for receiving an ESM bailout is that the member state must have ratified the European Fiscal Compact. When applying for ESM support, the country in concern is analyzed and evaluated on all relevant financial stability matters by the so-called Troika (European Commission, ECB and IMF) in order to decide which of its five different kinds of support programmes should be offered.[8] As of April 2013, the ESM has approved two Financial Assistance Facility Agreement (FAFA) programs, with up till €100bn earmarked for recapitalization of Spanish Banks,[9] and €9bn in disbursements for Cyprus for a combined sovereign state bailout program and financial sector recapitalization program.[10][11]

HistoryEdit

Following the European sovereign debt crisis that resulted in the lending of money to EU states, there has been a drive to reform the functioning of the eurozone in the event of a crisis. This led to the creation, amongst other things, of a loan (pejoratively called "bailout" in the media) mechanism: the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) and the European Financial Stability Mechanism (EFSM). These, together with the International Monetary Fund, would lend money to EU states in trouble, in the same way that the European Central Bank can lend money to European banks. However, the EFSF and EFSM were intended only as a temporary measure (to expire in 2013), in part due to the lack of a legal basis in the EU treaties.

In order to resolve the issue, the German government felt a treaty amendment would be required. After the difficult ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon, many states and statesmen opposed reopening treaty amendment and the British government opposes changes affecting the United Kingdom.[12][13] However, after winning the support of French President Nicolas Sarkozy[14] Germany won support from the European Council in October 2010 for a new treaty. It would be a minimal amendment to strengthen sanctions and create a permanent lending-out mechanism. It would not fulfil the German demand to have the removal of voting rights as a sanction as that would require deeper treaty amendment. The treaty would be designed so there would be no need for referendums, providing the basis for a speedy ratification process, with the aim to have it completely ratified and come into force in July 2012. In that case, it would co-exist with the temporary lending-out mechanism (EFSF) for one year, as EFSF is set only to expire as a rescue facility at 1 July 2013.[2]

Treaty basisEdit

On 16 December 2010 the European Council agreed a two line amendment to Article 136 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU),[15] that would give the ESM legal legitimacy[16] and was designed to avoid any referendums. The amendment simply changes the EU treaties to allow for a permanent mechanism to be established.[17] In March of the following year leaders also agreed to a separate eurozone-only treaty that would create the ESM itself.[18]

In March 2011, the European Parliament approved the treaty amendment after receiving assurances that the European Commission, rather than EU states, would play 'a central role' in running the ESM, despite wishing it had been more involved earlier,[19][20] and it was signed by all 27 EU member states on 25 March 2011. The amendment reads:

The member states whose currency is the euro may establish a stability mechanism to be activated if indispensable to safeguard the stability of the euro area as a whole. The granting of any required financial assistance under the mechanism will be made subject to strict conditionality.

The amendment authorises the eurozone countries to establish a stability mechanism to protect the common currency. This would incorporate the ESM, which was subsequently agreed to as an intergovernmental treaty outside of the EU framework and entered into force in September 2012, into EU law.[citation needed] The ESM was designed to be fully compatible with existing EU law, and the European Court of Justice ruled that "the right of a Member State to conclude and ratify the ESM Treaty is not subject to the entry into force" of the TFEU amendment.[21]

In addition to the "TFEU amendment" treaty, the European Stability Mechanism itself was established by a treaty among the eurozone states, named the Treaty Establishing the European Stability Mechanism, which sets out the details of how the ESM would operate. Formally, two treaties with this name were signed: one on 11 July 2011 and one on 2 February 2012, after the first turned out not to be substantial enough the second version was produced to "make it more effective".[22] The 2012 version was signed by all 17 Eurozone members on 2 February 2012, and was planned to be ratified and enter force by mid-2012, when the EFSF and EFSM was set to expire. The treaty was concluded exclusively by Eurozone states, amongst others because the UK refused to participate in any fiscal integration.[23][24] Further amendments may follow once the final shape of the eurozone's economic governance is decided.

The Treaty establishing the ESM entered into force on 27 September 2012 for 16 signatories.[3] Estonia completed their ratification on 3 October 2012, six days after the treaty entered into force. However, the inaugural meeting of the ESM didn't occur until 8 October, after the treaty's entry into force for Estonia.[3] The TFEU amendment came into force on 1 May 2013, after the Czech Republic became the last member state to ratify the agreement according to its respective constitutional requirements.[4]

Latvia's adoption of the euro on 1 January 2014 was given final approval by the Economic and Financial Affairs Council on 9 July,[25][26] making them eligible to apply for ESM membership.[27] Following Latvia's government giving their consent to joining to the ESM in November 2013,[28] the acceded on 21 February 2014.[3] The treaty entered into force for them on 13 March 2014.[3] Latvia's contribution to the ESM will be €325 million.[29]

OrganizationEdit

The ESM is an intergovernmental organization established under public international law, and located in Luxembourg City. It has about 70 personnel, who are also responsible for the EFSF. The organization is led by a managing director appointed for a 5-year term. The first managing director Klaus Regling was appointed in 2012.

Each member state appoints a governor (and alternate) for the board of governors, which can either be chaired by the President of the Euro Group or by a separate elected chair from amongst the governors themselves.[7][18] In 2012, Jean-Claude Juncker (Luxembourg) was appointed to this position.[30] The board consists of Ministers of Finance of the member states. The Board of Directors consists 17 members "of high competence in economic and financial matters". Each member state appoints one Director and an alternate.[30] The managing director is the chair of the board.

Financial support instrumentsEdit

ESM member states can apply for an ESM bailout if they are in financial difficulty or their financial sector is a stability threat in need of recapitalization. ESM bailouts are conditional on member states first signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), outlining a programme for the needed reforms or fiscal consolidation to be implemented in order to restore the financial stability. Another precondition for receiving an ESM bailout, starting from 1 March 2013, will be that the member state must have fully ratified the European Fiscal Compact. When applying for ESM support, the country in concern will be analyzed and evaluated on all relevant financial stability matters by the so-called Troika (European Commission, ECB and IMF) in order to decide if one/several of these 5 different kind of support programmes should be offered:[31]

  1. Stability support loan within a macro-economic adjustment programme (Sovereign Bailout Loan):
    "To be granted if it is no longer sustainable for the state to draw on capital markets, when seeking to cover the states financial needs. The signed conditional MoU agreement will focus on requirements for fiscal consolidation and structural reforms to improve the sovereign financial stability."
  2. Bank recapitalisation programme:
    "To be granted if the roots of a crisis situation are primarily located in the financial sector and not directly related to fiscal or structural policies at the state level, with the government seeking to finance a recapitalisation at sustainable borrowing costs. ESM will only offer a bank recapitalisation support package, if it can be established that neither the private market nor the member state will be able to conduct the needed recapitalisation on their own, without causing increased financial stress/instability. The size of the needed recapitalisation shall be determined by a stress test, calculating the amount needed for a complete financial sector repair to eliminate all vulnerabilities. Support from this ESM package is earmarked for bank recapitalisation, and can not be used for any other purpose. The signed conditional MoU agreement will likewise only cover requirements for reform/changes to the financial sector, within the domains of financial supervision, corporate governance and domestic laws relating to restructuring/resolution."
  3. Precautionary financial assistance (PCCL/ECCL):
    "Comprise support in the form of setting up available "credit lines" the ESM member state can draw on if suddenly needed. This support shall be offered to ESM members whose economic conditions are currently sound enough to maintain continuous access to market financing, but being in a fragile situation calling for the setup of an adequate safety-net (financial guarantee), to help ensure a continued access to market financing. The signed conditional MoU agreement will focus on requirements for fiscal consolidation and structural reforms to improve the sovereign financial stability."
  4. Primary Market Support Facility (PMSF):
    "Bond purchase operations in the primary market could be made by ESM, in complement to offering regular loans under a macro-economic adjustment programme or to drawdown of funds under a precautionary programme. This instrument would be used primarily towards the end of an adjustment programme to facilitate a country’s return to draw on the market, and reduce the risk of a failed bond auction. The aim is for the private market to subscribe to 50% of the bond auction while ESM cover the remaining 50%. If the participation of the private market proves to be insignificant the PMSF will be cancelled, and replaced by an extra transfer of funds from the macro-economic/precautionary programme. There will be no additional MoU agreement for this support package, as the conditions will be identical to the pre-existing Sovereign bailout loan / Precautionary programme."
  5. Secondary Market Support Facility (SMSF):
    "This facility aims to support the good functioning of the government debt markets of ESM Members in exceptional circumstances where the lack of market liquidity threatens financial stability, with a risk of pushing sovereign interest rates towards unsustainable levels and creating refinancing problems for the banking system of the ESM Member concerned. An ESM secondary market intervention is intended to enable market-making that would ensure some debt market liquidity and incentivise investors to further participate in the financing of ESM Members. The instrument can be offered either as a stand alone support, or in combination with support from any of the other 4 instruments. No additional MoU agreement will be needed for ESM members already receiving a Sovereign bailout loan/Precautionary programme; but a non-programme country (being sound in regards of financial stability; except for thef liquidity issue), will obviously need to sign a MoU agreement with the policy conditions outlined by the European Commission in liaison with the ECB."

In order to further help increase the financial stability of the eurozone, the ECB decided on 6 September 2012 to automatically run a free unlimited amount of yield-lowering bond purchases (OMT support programme) for all eurozone countries involved in a sovereign state bailout or precautionary programme from EFSF/ESM, if -and for as long as- the country is found to suffer from stressed bond yields at excessive levels; but only at the point of time where the country possesses/regain a complete market funding access -and only if the country still complies with all terms in the signed MoU-agreement.[32][33] Countries receiving a precautionary programme rather than a sovereign bailout, will per definition have complete market access and thus qualify for OMT support if also suffering from stressed interest rates on its government bonds. In regards of countries receiving a sovereign bailout (Ireland, Portugal and Greece), they will on the other hand not qualify for OMT support before they have regained complete market access, which will normally only happen after having received the last scheduled bailout disbursement.[32][34]

Currently EFSF and ESM are only allowed to offer financial stability loans directly to sovereign states, meaning that offered bank recapitalisation packages is first paid to the state and then transferred to the suffering financial sector; and thus these type of loans are accounted for as national debt of the sovereign state. It was decided on the EU summit on 19 October 2012, that ESM bank recapitalisation packages in the future (starting from the date when ECBs new supervision unit for the financial sector has been set to commence operations: 4 November 2014[35]), instead only shall by paid directly to the financial sector, so that it no longer counts as state debt in the statistics. The decision will be outlined in more details in December 2012, but is likely only to involve ESM bank recapitalisations paid to cover "new cash needs" (discovered after 2013) and not the "legacy cash needs" (discovered prior of 2014).[36][37]

ContributionsEdit

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Distribution of contributions

  Germany (27.1464%)
  France (20.3859%)
  Italy (17.9137%)
  Spain (11.9037%)
  Netherlands (5.7170%)
  Belgium (3.4771%)
  Greece (2.8167%)
  Austria (2.7834%)
  Portugal (2.5092%)
  Finland (1.7974%)
  Other (5.3469%)

The ESM is expected to have an authorised capital of 700 billion euros of which 80 billion is paid-in capital, and the remaining 620 billion -if needed- will be loaned through the issuance of some special ESM obligations at the capital markets.[7] The ESM treaty foresees a payment of the capital in five annual instalments, but the Eurogroup decided on 30 March 2012 that capital payments shall be accelerated and all the capital paid by the first half of 2014.[38] The following table shows the part each member state has to pay following the ESM treaty.

ESM member
state
Percentage of
contributions
Paid-in capital
(million €)
Number of
shares
Capital subscription
(million €)
Nominal GDP 2010
(million US$)
Germany 27.1464 21,717.1 1,900,248 190,024.8 3,315,643
France 20.3859 16,308.7 1,427,013 142,701.3 2,582,527
Italy 17.9137 14,331.0 1,253,959 125,395.9 2,055,114
Spain 11.9037 9,523.0 833,259 83,325.9 1,409,946
Netherlands 5.7170 4,573.6 400,190 40,019.0 783,293
Belgium 3.4771 2,781.7 243,397 24,339.7 465,676
Greece 2.8167 2,253.4 197,169 19,716.9 305,415
Austria 2.7834 2,226.7 194,838 19,483.8 376,841
Portugal 2.5092 2,007.4 175,644 17,564.4 229,336
Finland 1.7974 1,437.9 125,818 12,581.8 239,232
Ireland 1.5922 1,273.8 111,454 11,145.4 204,261
Slovakia 0.8240 659.2 57,680 5,768.0 86,262
Slovenia 0.4276 342.1 29,932 2,993.2 46,442
Luxembourg 0.2504 200.3 17,528 1,752.8 52,433
Cyprus 0.1962 157.0 13,734 1,373.4 22,752
Estonia 0.1860 148.8 13,020 1,302.0 19,220
Malta 0.0731 58.5 5,117 511.7 7,801
Total 100.0 80,000 7,000,000 700,000 12,202,194

At the moment when ESM has received all its paid-in capital from the eurozone countries, the ESM will be authorized to approve bailout deals for a maximum amount of €500 billion, with the remaining €200 billion of the fund being earmarked as safely invested capital reserve, in order to guarantee the issuance of ESM bonds will always get the highest AAA credit rating, with the lowest possible interest rate at the current time.[7] 40% of the paid-in capital shall be transferred on 12 October 2012, with the remaining three times of 20% transfers scheduled for Q2-2013, Q4-2013 and Q2-2014. As the ESM lending capacity depends on the amount of paid-in capital, it will start out only to be €200bn in Q4-2012, and then be increased with €100bn each time one of the remaining three capital transfers ticks in. If needed, a majority of the ESM board can also decide to accelerate the payment schedule.[39] On 1 May 2013, ESM has reconfirmed the schedule for receiving paid-in capital, with the third tranch already received in April 2013 followed by the fourth in October 2013, with the final fifth tranch scheduled for April 2014.[40]

Lending activitiesEdit

The Troika currently negotiates with Spain and Cyprus, about setting up an economic recovery programme in return of providing support with financial loans from ESM. Cyprus so far applied both for a €6bn sovereign bailout loan and a €5bn bank recapitalisation package.[41] Cyprus could however perhaps also be interested in additional support packages from instrument 3/4/5. Reportedly Spain beside of applying for a €100bn bank recapitalisation package in June 2012,[7] now also follow a path of negotiations to get financial support from a Precautionary Conditioned Credit Line (PCCL) package.[42] If Spain will apply and receive a PCCL package, irrespectively to what extent it subsequently decides to draw on this established credit line, this would at the same time immedeately qualify the country also to receive "free" additional financial support from ECB, in the form of some yield-lowering bond purchases (OMT).[43][44]

Bailout programs for EU members since 2008Edit

The table below provides an overview of the financial composition of all bailout programs being initiated for EU member states, since the Global Financial Crisis erupted in September 2008. EU member states outside the eurozone (marked with yellow in the table) have no access to the funds provided by EFSF/ESM, but can be covered with rescue loans from EU's Balance of Payments programme (BoP), IMF and bilateral loans (with an extra possible assistance from the Worldbank/EIB/EBRD if classified as a development country). Since October 2012, the ESM as a permanent new financial stability fund to cover any future potential bailout packages within the eurozone, has effectively replaced the now defunct GLF + EFSM + EFSF funds. Whenever pledged funds in a scheduled bailout program were not transferred in full, the table has noted this by writing "Y out of X".

EU member Time span IMF[7][45]
(billion €)
World Bank[45]
(billion €)
EIB / EBRD
(billion €)
Bilateral[7]
(billion €)
BoP[45]
(billion €)
GLF[46]
(billion €)
EFSM[7]
(billion €)
EFSF[7]
(billion €)
ESM[7]
(billion €)
Bailout in total
(billion €)
Cyprus I1 2011-12-15Dec.2011-Dec.2012 - - - 2.5 - - - - - 002.51
Cyprus II2 2013-05-13 until 2016-03-31May 2013-Mar.2016 001.0 - - - - - - - 009.0 010.02
Greece3 2010-05-01May 2010-Mar.2016 048.1 (20.1+19.8+8.2) - - - - 52.9 - 144.6 - 245.63
Hungary4 2008-11-01Nov.2008-Oct.2010 009.1 out of 12.5 1.0 - - 5.5 out of 6.5 - - - - 015.6 out of 20.04
Ireland5 2010-11-01Nov.2010-Dec.2013 022.5 - - 4.8 - - 022.5 018.4 - 068.25
Latvia6 2008-12-01Dec.2008-Dec.2011 001.1 out of 1.7 0.4 0.1 0.0 out of 2.2 2.9 out of 3.1 - - - - 004.5 out of 7.56
Portugal7 2011-05-01May 2011-May 2014 027.4 - - - - - 026 026 - 079.47
Romania I8 2009-05-01May 2009-June 2011 012.6 out of 13.6 1.0 1.0 - 5.0 - - - - 019.6 out of 20.68
Romania II9 2011-03-01Mar 2011-Jun 2013 000.0 out of 3.6 1.15 - - 0.0 out of 1.4 - - - - 001.15 out of 6.159
Romania III10 2013-09-27Oct 2013-Sep 2015 000.0 out of 2.0 2.5 - - 0.0 out of 2.0 - - - - 002.5 out of 6.510
Spain11 2012-07-23July 2012-Dec.2013 - - - - - - - - 41.3 out of 100 041.3 out of 10011
Total payment Nov.2008-Mar.2016 121.7 6.05 1.1 7.3 13.4 52.9 48.5 189.0 50.3 490.25
1 Cyprus received in late December 2011 a €2.5bn bilateral emergency bailout loan from Russia, to cover its governmental budget deficits and a refinancing of maturing governmental debts until 31 December 2012.[47][48][49]
2 When it became evident Cyprus needed an additional bailout loan to cover the government's fiscal operations throughout 2013-2015, on top of additional funding needs for recapitalization of the Cypriot financial sector, negotiations for such an extra bailout package started with the Troika in June 2012.[50][51][52] In December 2012 a preliminary estimate indicated, that the needed overall bailout package should have a size of €17.5bn, comprising €10bn for bank recapitalisation and €6.0bn for refinancing maturing debt plus €1.5bn to cover budget deficits in 2013+2014+2015, which in total would have increased the Cypriot debt-to-GDP ratio to around 140%.[53] The final agreed package however only entailed a €10bn support package, financed partly by IMF (€1bn) and ESM (€9bn),[11] because it was possible to reach a fund saving agreement with the Cypriot authorities, featuring a direct closure of the most troubled Laiki Bank and a forced bail-in recapitalisation plan for Bank of Cyprus.[54][55]
The final conditions for activation of the bailout package was outlined by the Troika's MoU agreement in April 2013, and include: 1) Recapitalisation of the entire financial sector while accepting a closure of the Laiki bank, 2) Implementation of the anti-money laundering framework in Cypriot financial institutions, 3) Fiscal consolidation to help bring down the Cypriot governmental budget deficit, 4) Structural reforms to restore competitiveness and macroeconomic imbalances, 5) Privatization programme. The Cypriot debt-to-GDP ratio is on this background now forecasted only to peak at 126% in 2015 and subsequently decline to 105% in 2020, and thus considered to remain within sustainable territory. The €10bn bailout comprise €4.1bn spend on debt liabilities (refinancing and amortization), 3.4bn to cover fiscal deficits, and €2.5bn for the bank recapitalization. These amounts will be paid to Cyprus through regular tranches from 13 May 2013 until 31 March 2016. According to the programme this will be sufficient, as Cyprus during the programme period in addition will: Receive €1.0bn extra-ordinary revenue from privatization of government assets, ensure an automatic roll-over of €1.0bn maturing Treasury Bills and €1.0bn of maturing bonds held by domestic creditors, bring down the funding need for bank recapitalization with €8.7bn - of which 0.4bn is reinjection of future profit earned by the Cyprus Central Bank (injected in advance at the short term by selling its gold reserve) and €8.3bn origin from the bail-in of creditors in Laiki bank and Bank of Cyprus.[56]
3 Many sources list the first bailout was €110bn followed by the second on €130bn. When you deduct €2.7bn due to Ireland+Portugal+Slovakia opting out as creditors for the first bailout, and add the extra €8.2bn IMF has promised to pay Greece for the years in 2015-16, the total amount of bailout funds sums up to €245.6bn.[46][57] The first bailout resulted in a payout of €20.1bn from IMF and €52.9bn from GLF, during the course of May 2010 until December 2011,[46] and then it was technically replaced by a second bailout package for 2012-2016, which had a size of €172.6bn (€28bn from IMF and €144.6bn from EFSF), as it included the remaining committed amounts from the first bailout package.[58] All IMF amounts are used to finance budget deficits and the ongoing refinancing of maturing public debt. The payment from EFSF has been earmarked to finance €34.6bn for the Greek debt PSI, €48.2bn for bank recapitalization,[57] €11.3bn for a second PSI debt buy-back,[59] while the remaining €50.5bn is used for budget deficits and the ongoing refinancing of maturing public debt.[60]
4 Hungary recovered faster than expected, and thus did not receive the remaining €4.4bn bailout support scheduled for October 2009-October 2010.[45][61] IMF paid in total 7.6 out of 10.5 billion SDR,[62] equal to €9.1bn out of €12.5bn at current exchange rates.[63]
5 In Ireland the National Treasury Management Agency also paid €17.5bn for the program on behalf of the Irish government, of which €10bn were injected by the National Pensions Reserve Fund and the remaining €7.5bn paid by "domestic cash resources",[64] which helped increase the program total to €85bn.[7] As this extra amount by technical terms is an internal bail-in, it has not been added to the bailout total. As of 31 March 2014 all committed funds had been transferred, with EFSF even paing €0.7bn more, so that the total amount of funds had been marginally increased from €67.5bn to €68.2bn.[65]
6 Latvia recovered faster than expected, and thus did not receive the remaining €3.0bn bailout support originally scheduled for 2011.[66][67]
7 Portugal completed its support programme as scheduled in May 2014, without asking for any subsequent precautionary credit line facility.[68] By the end of the programme all committed amounts had been transferred, with IMF having transferred €1.4bn more than the initially committed €26bn, due to paying with SDR's and some favoral developments in the EUR-SDR exchange rate compared to the beginning of the programme.[69]
8 Romania recovered faster than expected, and thus did not receive the remaining €1.0bn bailout support originally scheduled for 2011.[70][71]
9 Romania had a precautionary credit line with €5.0bn available to draw money from if needed, during the period March 2011-June 2013; but entirely avoided to draw on it.[72][73][45][74] During the period, the World Bank however supported with a transfer of €0.4bn as a DPL3 development loan programme and €0.75bn as results based financing for social assistance and health.[75]
10 Romania had a second €4bn precautionary credit line established jointly by IMF and EU, of which IMF accounts for SDR 1.75134bn = €2bn, which is available to draw money from if needed during the period from October 2013 to 30 September 2015. In addition the World Bank also made €1bn available under a Development Policy Loan with a deferred drawdown option valid from January 2013 through December 2015.[76] The World Bank will throughout the period also continue providing earlier committed development programme support of €0.891bn,[77][78] but this extra transfer is not accounted for as "bailout support" in the third programme due to being "earlier committed amounts". In April 2014, the World Bank increased their support by adding the transfer of a first €0.75bn Fiscal Effectiveness and Growth Development Policy Loan,[79] with the final second FEG-DPL tranch on €0.75bn (worth about $1bn) to be contracted in the first part of 2015.[80] No money had been drawn from the precautionary credit line, as of May 2014.
11 Spain's €100bn support package has been earmarked only for recapitalisation of the financial sector.[81] Initially an EFSF emergency account with €30bn was available, but nothing was drawed, and it was cancelled again in November 2012 after being superseded by the regular ESM recapitalisation programme.[82] The first ESM recapitalisation tranch of €39.47bn was approved 28 November,[83][84] and transferred to the bank recapitalisation fund of the Spanish government (FROB) on 11 December 2012.[82] A second tranch for "category 2" banks on €1.86n was approved by the Commission on 20 December,[85] and finally transferred by ESM on 5 February 2013.[86] "Category 3" banks were also subject for a possible third tranch in June 2013, in case they failed before then to acquire sufficient additional capital funding from private markets.[87] During January 2013, all "category 3" banks however managed to fully recapitalise through private markets and thus will not be in need for any State aid. The remaining €58.7bn of the initial support package is thus not expected to be activated, but will stay available as a fund with precautionary capital reserves to possibly draw upon if unexpected things happen - until 31 December 2013.[81][88] In total €41.3bn out of the available €100bn was transferred.[89] Upon the scheduled exit of the programme, no follow-up assistance was requested.[90]

CriticsEdit

Critics have noted that the ESM severely confines the economic sovereignty of its member states and criticise that it provides extensive powers and immunity to the board of ESM Governors without parliamentary influence or control.[91] Think-tanks such as the World Pensions Council (WPC) have argued that the European Stability Mechanism is the product of a short-term political consensus, and thus won't be conductive of a durable, cohesive institutional solution. In their perspective, a profound revision of the Lisbon Treaty itself is unavoidable if Germany is to succeed in imposing its economic views, as stringent orthodoxy across the budgetary, fiscal and regulatory fronts will necessarily have to go beyond the treaty in its current form, thus further reducing the individual prerogatives of national governments.[92][93][94]

Estonia

In Estonia a group of MPs have called for a referendum on the treaty.[95] On 8 August, during the first reading of the bill ratifying the ESM in Riigikogu, the Estonian Centre Party put forward a motion to reject the bill. However, this motion was defeated in parliament by 56 votes against, with 33 voting for.[96]

Germany

In Germany some members of FDP (liberal party) and CSU (conservative Bavarian party), both minor parties of the previous government coalition, were against the European Stability Mechanism.[97] The Left, Pirate Party Germany and NPD also oppose the ESM, the latter comparing it with the Enabling Act of 1933.

Finland

Both opposition parties the True Finns and the Centre Party oppose the ESM.

France

Left Front and left wing presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon[98] oppose the ESM.

Netherlands

The Socialist Party opposes the ESM. Geert Wilders' Party for Freedom opposes any increase or systematisation of transfer payments, from the Netherlands to other EU countries, through means such as the ESM.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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