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Parliamentary questions
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27 January 2016
Question for written answer P-000596-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Nikolaos Chountis (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Return of profits on Greek bonds
 Answer in writing 

According to the decisions of the Eurogroup of 21 February 2012, 27 November 2012 and 13 December 2012, the euro area Member States have committed themselves to transferring to Greece the gains generated by the Greek bonds held by the ECB (SMP) and the National Central Banks (ANFA).

However, so far these refunds have been made by the euro area Member States in an irregular manner, creating on each occasion a significant gap in the Greek budget, which often translates into new fiscal measures for Greek citizens.

In view of the above, will the Commission say:

What gains have been posted from the purchase of the Greek bonds by the ECB (SMP) and the National Central Banks (ANFA) since 2010, what is the balance due to be returned to Greek State by each Central Bank?
Has a decis0069on been taken by a European body not to allow the return of those profits to Greece, or is this a matter for the national Central Banks to decide?
Is the intention that the SMP and ANFA should immediately return the outstanding amounts or does the Commission intend, in cooperation with other institutions, to use the budget deficit to insist on Greece adopting harsher measures?

Original language of question: EL 
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