Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Hollande depicted as Hitler

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Boko Haram crisis: Militants forced from north eastern Nigerian town

Read more

REPORTERS

Syria: Wresting control of Kobani from IS group

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

A who's who of the 'Bettencourt trial'

Read more

FOCUS

Golan Heights on edge...

Read more

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

Eugene Kaspersky: Cyber attacks on critical infrastructure 'just a question of time'

Read more

#THE 51%

Equality in the workplace: Bridging the gender pay gap

Read more

ENCORE!

The culture stars trying to save the world

Read more

#TECH 24

Technology helping visually impaired people

Read more

Business Europe Europe

Commission approves state guarantees for Dexia

Text by REUTERS

Latest update : 2008-11-20

The European Commission has given the green light to state guarantees worth 150 billion euros offered by France, Belgium and Luxembourg in October to the cash-strapped Franco-Belgian bank Dexia.

The European Commission said on Thursday it had approved a state-backed guarantee for Dexia from Belgium, Luxembourg and France to ensure the survival of the bank and reassure investors.

"The solution found for Dexia shows that cross-border cooperation is possible and can be approved quickly once we have all the relevant information," European Union Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes said in a statement.

On Oct. 9 Belgium, France and Luxembourg agreed on a joint guarantee mechanism -- covered 60.5 percent by Belgium, 36.5 percent by France and 3 percent by Luxembourg -- to facilitate access to financing for Dexia, hit hard by
the financial crisis.

Date created : 2008-11-20

COMMENT(S)