Published March 19, 2013
NICOSIA – Cypriot banks stand to lose more than 10 percent of their deposit base within a matter of days if a levy on bank deposits is imposed, its central banker said on Tuesday.
"If the draft bill passes, we would see deposit outflows of 10 percent or maybe more in the first few days," central bank chief Panicos Demetriades told the Cypriot parliament's finance committee.
He added that the central bank's and the European central Bank favored scrapping the levy for all deposits below 100,000 euros, in line with the position expressed by euro zone finance ministers late on Monday.
(Reporting by Karolina Tagaris; writing by George Georgiopoulos)