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Intrum sees a long-term investment in Greece, CEO says

Intrum aims for a long-term investment in Greece, Mikael Ericson the company's CEO said on Friday. Speaking to reporters in Athens, Ericson expressed his satisfaction over the quality of the human resources and of the management team of Intrum in Greece and noted that the aim of Intrum Hellas was the offer long-term and sustainable repayment solutions to Piraeus Bank's debtors, while it also aspires to take over the management of third-party portfolios in the future.
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The big step to help Greek banks avoid pitfalls of uncertainty

Greek bank shares are returning to levels not seen since the sector's third round of recapitalizations took place in 2015, while 2020 looks like it will be the year when big improvements to their balance sheets are seen. Bank shares may be back at the forefront this year, rising 100 percent on an annual basis, but they continue to trade at prices below rights issues completed in 2015 as part of the third recapitalization plan.
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Greek bankers cautious on Hercules plan; ECB stance crucial

Bank officials remain cautious about a plan Greece is working on aimed at reducing bad loans held by lenders that was approved by the European Commission last week. Although the scheme, called Hercules, was given the green light in Brussels just a few days ago, some in the industry are already talking about the need for a Hercules II plan, citing concerns about the initial proposal's ability to solve the bad loan problem faced by the financial system.
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Commission approves market conform asset protection scheme for banks in Greece

The European Commission has found Greek plans aimed at supporting the reduction of non-performing loans of Greek banks to be free of any State aid. The Commission found that, under the asset protection scheme (known by the name of “Hercules”), the Greek State will be remunerated in line with market conditions for the risk it will assume by granting a guarantee on securitised non-performing loans.
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Greek Fin Min Staikouras steps in on Hercules bad loan plan

Greece's Finance Minister Christos Staikouras is scheduled to meet on Thursday afternoon with the heads of the country's banks to discuss the Hercules bad loan plan in a bid to secure the highest participation from lenders and reduce the risk of fresh uncertainty hitting the sector. The meeting comes after a report from Business Daily showing that the technical details of the plan submitted by Greece to the European Commission have not been approved by the European Central Bank's Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM).