Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Story of Greek Sovereign Debt Restructuring

Graphic "When Greece falls" presente...
Graphic "When Greece falls" presented by Dutch government on 21 June 2011, speaking of European sovereign debt crisis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Greece, one of the ancient-most civilizations, the land of Plato and Aristotle, had gone through one of the most troublesome financial situations, recorded in world history. After the democracy of the country was reestablished in the year 1974, the social model has seen huge sums of public deficits. With the beginning of the year 2007, a devastating financial crisis struck the Grecian order. By 2008, the Greek economy had been damaged with fatal results, and the country was left with no means to service the bond indebtedness. Before the bond exchange offer was perceived, the total amount of Greek debt had reached an estimated sum of 350 billion Euros i.e. approximately equivalent to 456 US dollars. 

The International Monetary Fund or IMF and the countries belonging to the Eurozone, as it is popularly known, had organized a bailout amount of 130 billion Euros or 172 billion US dollars, and hence Greece was needed to refinance and reduce its outstanding bond indebtedness with the help of an exchange offer, to the best possible extent.
 

Required to Pay Back Debts before paying Employees 


It was decided that Greece would have to pass a law as soon as possible, in which it would be stated that the country would give prior importance to repay its debtors, and clear these debts, before the government services are paid for. On the other hand, its bailout amounts would be temporarily deposited to an escrow account independent of the chief budget. This particular account should never run out of money, since it is meant to repay the debts that are in line to come up in the coming three months. 

However, the implementation of this law would have implied that Greece would have to stop paying its doctors, teachers and similar employees of the state, and be forced to pay the interest amount on the debts it has taken. The Tragedy is most of these employees are as it is not being paid the wage amounts they are entitled to receive. 

Greece Emerging Victorious 


However, in spite of facing search adversities and going through such turmoil, Greece has actually emerged victorious. The Hellenic nation has been able to undertake the most happening sovereign debt restructuring that has ever taken place in history. As many as 85.8% private Greek debt holders have decided to come into an agreement to sign a debt write-off deal. This news has been reported by the Ministry of Finance, Athens. 
This particular deal has worked miracles by cutting down the total Greek debts by about 105 billion Euros, equivalent to 138.8 billion US dollars. The reduced amount stands for about half of the private debt, Greece had in its name. As a result the path for the country’s second international bailout package had been carved out, and this package is going to worth an amount of 130billion Euros, i.e. 173 billion US dollars. The European finance ministers was reported declaring that they have no issue in releasing the first portion of the fund, an amount of 35 billion Euros or 46.2 billion US dollars, immediately. 

Author’s Bio: Dan Young is a freelance writer, professional blogger, and social media enthusiast. His blog Ukash Kart focuses on Finance bloggers. You can follow him on Google+


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