Finland’s Stance on Euro Rescue Fund Is ‘Clear,’ Katainen Says

Finland’s Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen comments on the preferred creditor status in the European Stability Mechanism.

Katainen spoke in an interview in Helsinki today.

On the European Stability Mechanism:

“The decisions on the ESM have been taken in Europe and they shouldn’t be problematic.”

“In Finland, the parliament has required that the clause on preferential creditor status be in the introduction and not in the articles. Because of Finland’s pari passu clauses, a mention of preferential treatment of creditors in the articles could cause problems on the debt markets.”

“Finland has had a clear stance; if the preferred creditor status is dropped on a case by case basis, the parliament must decide on this. In such a case, Finland will require collateral.”

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