European Bank Coordination Meeting on Bosnia and Herzegovina

Press Release No. 09/230
June 23, 2009

Following a coordination meeting held yesterday in Vienna, the parent banks of the six largest foreign banks incorporated in Bosnia and Herzegovina reaffirmed their commitments to take action needed to support their subsidiaries in the country. These commitments, along with the financial support that the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina have requested from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, and the European Union (EU) will help Bosnia and Herzegovina’s banking system to weather the current crisis better, strengthen investor confidence, and return the economy to a robust growth path. The success of the macroeconomic reform program and medium-term balance of payments sustainability also depends significantly on the continued involvement of all banks operating in or with Bosnia and Herzegovina, including foreign-owned banks.

The banks (Hypo Alpe-Adria, Intesa SanPaolo, NLB Group, Raiffeisen International, UniCredit Bank Austria AG, and Volksbank International) issued a Concluding Statement on maintaining their overall exposure to the country and to ensure prudent capitalization of their subsidiaries. They agreed to continue close cooperation with a view to making progress towards making bilateral commitments in this respect. Along with the continued international financial support, this will help Bosnia and Herzegovina’s banking system to weather the current crisis better, strengthen investor confidence, and return the economy to a robust growth path.

The European Bank Coordination Meeting for Bosnia and Herzegovina was chaired by the IMF. The World Bank Group, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Commission, the Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina, members of the Fiscal Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Banking Agencies of Bosnia and Herzegovina, home country banking supervisors and/or ministries of finance (Austria, Germany, Italy, and Slovenia), and the European Central Bank (ECB) also attended the meeting.



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