ECB lowers emergency funding cap for lenders


The European Central Bank lowered the cap on emergency liquidity assistance (ELA) Greek banks draw from the domestic central bank by a billion euros to 68.1 billion euros, the Bank of Greece said on Thursday.

The move reflected improving liquidity conditions in Greece’s banking sector and stabilizing private sector deposit flows, the Greek central bank said.

Greek banks have relied on emergency liquidity assistance since February 2015 after being cut off from the ECB’s funding window. Emergency funding is more costly than borrowing directly from the ECB.

ELA funding from the Bank of Greece rose by 1.04 percent or 690 billion euros in April to 66.88 billion euros.