Hungarian banks are asking the government to lower a special tax levied on lenders in exchange for swallowing losses on foreign-currency loans, news website hvg.hu said, citing unidentified bankers with knowledge of the proposal.
Lenders are seeking to write off one-third of their losses stemming from a plan that allows early repayment of foreign- currency mortgages at below-market exchange rates from a special banking-industry tax, the news website said. They also want a government guarantee the repayment plan won’t be extended beyond the Dec. 31 deadline and the Cabinet won’t implement new measures boosting banks’ losses, hvg.hu said.
Banks are also proposing a conversion of overdue foreign currency loans to forint overdue more than 90 days and mitigating losses by purchasing euros from the central bank reserves, the news portal said.
A plan allowing borrowers to repay their mortgages at set exchange rates for a limited period of time should be extended and made more flexible to allow more households to take advantage of it, according to hvg.hu.
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