Banks in the euro zone will have to raise provisions to cope with economic slowdown

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FILE PHOTO: EU finance and economy ministers hold informal meeting in Berlin

MADRID (Reuters) – Banks in the euro zone will have to raise provisions to cope with the consequences of the economic slowdown due to the fallout from Russia’s war in Ukraine, ECB Vice-president Luis De Guindos said on Monday.

“The economic slowdown will lead to a potential increase in insolvencies (…) we are already trying to get the banks to bring forward their plans because it is going to have an impact without a doubt,” De Guindos said.

“Let’s not be blinded by the short term effect, banks will have to increase provisions,” he added, recognizing a short-term boost for banks from higher interest rates.

(Reporting by Jesús Aguado; Editing by Emma Pinedo)

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