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Slide 1 What is the euro zone It is an economic and monetary union (EMU) of 16 European Union (EU) member states

s They have adopted the euro as their sole trading currency. Euro became a reality on Jan 1, 1998 , but came for the European consumers on Jan 1 2002. It currently consists of Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain. Slide 2 Introduction to euro zone crisis It is the biggest challenge Europe has faced since 1990. Due to global financial crisis that began in 2007-08 the euro zone entered its first official recession in third quarter of 2008. The official figures were released in 2009 Jan. On 11 Oct 2008, a summit was held in Paris by the Euro group heads of state and Govt. , to define a joint action plan for euro zone and central banks of Europe to stabilize the economy. Slide 3 How did it start? Started in Oct 2009 in Greece Its immediate causes lie with the US crisis of 2007-09. Greeces debt to gdp deficit exploded tken down other economies with it especially that of spain irelend Italy and Portugal. Slide 4, 5 and 6 (if needed) Causes Greece: Sharp Budget Deficit Large government and External Debts in PIIGS. Greece credit rating downgraded. Interest rates surged on government bonds. Need for external aid from EU and IMF The high debts and rising rate of interests was a matter of concern. Reasons for rise in External Debts High household indebtness. Large current account deficit: Excessive growth in domestic demand. Increase in wage rates. Lower exchange rate risk. Weakening export competitiveness. Reasons for rise in Internal Debts: Rising Unemployment: Lower tax returns, higher budget deficits.

Debt to GDP in the Euro Area Countries and the US


( a s % o f GD P )
200 18 0 16 0 14 0 12 0 10 0 80 60 40 20 0

2007 2012 (P r oj ect ed)

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BE

CY

EE

FI

FR

DE

EL

IE

IT

LU

MT

NL

PT

SK

SI

ES

US

Slide 6 7 8 9 (if needed) Situation in the piigs economies in 2009/reason y these economies had the crisis Greece Sovereign-debt crisis boiled over Debts too great Financial panic in Europe Around 213 billion-worth of Greek government bonds Foreign banks` lending 164 billion Public debt unclear Spain Dependence on foreign finance Public debt 53% of GDP Portugal Budget deficit 9.3% of GDP Public debt 77% of GDP Common weaknesses with Greece: 1. Small economy 2. Competitiveness 3. Foreign debts run up Debt 198 billion Italy and Ireland got affected due to their high unemployment rate and high household indebtness.

(add these charts to separate slides so the slide numbers will change below this) Slide 10 till 15 Measures to mitigate this crisis undertaken the IMF & the ECB set up a tripartite committee (the TROIKA) to prepare an appropriate programme.

First round of crisis response (May 2010 ): 3 years package of 110 billion ,Contributed by IMF ( 30 billion) and Euro zone ( 80 billion).

ECB provided substantial liquidity support to Greeks private banks [b/w Jan 2010 to May 2011 51 billion.

Again Euro zone provided loan - July 2011 109 billion. Also pressure on national banks to sell gold reserves to over come deficit.

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ECB starts buying govt. debt from secondary market to reduce bond spread and to increase the confidence of investor . Between May 2010 to June 2011 ECB purchased 78 billion bonds ,out of which 45 billion from Greece govt.

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EFSF(European Financial Stability Fund ) : The EFSF is intended to consist of a fund of 750 billion, which would be made up as follows:(a) 440 billion would be made available in loan guarantees from Euro zone Member States;(b) 60 billion would consist of emergency funds made available by the European Union itself; and(c) 250 billion would be provided under arrangements with the International Monetary Fund.

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EU also made a proposal to make a single authority responsible for tax policy and govt. spending.8.Austerity measure are outline in Feb 2010 (1st austerity measure)aimed to reduce government budget deficit to 3% of GDP by 2014. Freeze in the salaries of all govt. employees.10% cut in Bonuses & payment of overtime work.8% cut in public sector allowances .

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2nd Austerity Measure :[May 2010]30% cut in Christmas & leave for absence.Further 12% cut in Bonuses & 7% cut in public and private employeeIncreases in VAT[10%] 23%(goods & Services), 11%(Food) and 5.5%(stationery).Return of a special tax on high pensions.Equalization of men's and women's pension age limits.A financial stability fund has been created.Average retirement age for public sector workers has increased from 61 to 65.

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3rd austerity measure:[Jan2011]Further cut in salaries by 8% for public employee.The 13th and 14th salaries paid to civil servants and public utilities employees were abolished & flat-rate vacation allowances totaling 1,000 a year were introduced for public sector workers earning less than 3,000 per month.Limit of 80 0 per month to 13th and 14th month pension installments; abolished for pensioners receiving over 2,500 a month.10% rise in luxury taxes and taxes on alcohol, cigarettes, and fuel.

Slide 16 17 Forecast Slide 18 and 19 are also forecasts for this euro crisis.

Euro Area & US GDP with Forecasts


4.0% 3.0% 2.0% 1.0% 0.0% -1.0% -2.0% Euro area -3.0% -4.0% -5.0% United States

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Source: European Economic Forecast - Autumn 2012

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slide 18 Governments are gradually bringing their spending in line with revenues (working to balance budgets) Government debt is on a path to stabilize and eventually decline in the euro area Improvement in public finances will help restore investor and public confidence; however, it must be done in a way that does not choke off growth
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95 90 85 80 75 70 65 60 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14
% of GDP

Slide 19 In the long run we expect an increase in age related expenditure Limited saving in some of the piigs

slide 20 impact on india of this euro crisis Indias exports to Europe could witness a slump close to 10%. Export driven sectors such as textiles and software are likely to bear the brunt. About 22-28 percent of revenues of Indias top tech majors come from Europe whose revenues will definitely be affected. Governments overall target of $200 billion for the fiscal could be at stake. Slide 21 Solutions Countries affected must: Grind down Wages Raise Productivity Slash Spending Raise taxes Transparent Banking system Endure such Austerity Drives for many years Slide 22 Conclusion The usas sub prime crisis was the motivating factor of this crisis But with the various measures taken by the euro zone this crisis seems to be under control and may hopefully lead to euro zone s economic growth slowly and steadily