BUDAPEST Feb 3 Hungary's government will take
further measures to help households indebted in foreign currency
once Hungarian courts pass decisions that will lay out the legal
ground for action, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Monday.
Orban told parliament that earlier government relief schemes
had already helped some 350,000 families laden with foreign
currency mortgages. These loans had turned sour after the 2008
crisis as the forint weakened.
"As soon as the Hungarian court makes the necessary two
decisions, we will take further steps -- in a legally clear
situation -- to help the remaining (households) out from their
difficult situation," Orban said.
The government's earlier relief schemes had caused massive
losses to Hungary's mostly foreign-owned banks, and banks fear
that further measures would impose new losses on them.
(Reporting by Krisztina Than and Gergely Szakacs)