Greek banks' ECB funding falls in May, no ELA exposure

ATHENS, June 12 Thu Jun 12, 2014 10:25am EDT

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ATHENS, June 12 (Reuters) - European Central Bank (ECB) funding to Greek banks fell in May by 8.18 billion euros, while emergency liquidity assistance (ELA) from the country's central bank decreased by 3.12 billion euros down to zero, Bank of Greece data showed on Thursday.

ECB funding to Greek banks dropped to 50.66 billion euros from 58.84 billion euros in April, while emergency liquidity assistance from the Bank of Greece was totally repaid.

Erasing exposure to emergency funding from the Bank of Greece helps boost banks' net interest income as borrowing from the ECB is about 2 percentage points cheaper than ELA funding. (Reporting by George Georgiopoulos; Editing by Karolina Tagaris)

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