The World Bank has said it approved on Friday a 300 million euros loan to the Bulgarian Deposit Insurance Fund (BDIF).
The 10.5-year loan has a grace period of six years.
By receiving the funds, the BDIF will be able to help ease the burden on the state budget and increase its reserve assets, contributing to a higher trust of depositors in the banking system, the Bulgarian National Radio quotes Tony Thompson, World Bank Country Manager for Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, as saying.
The BDIF used the bulk of its reserves to cover billions in assets of deposit holders at insolvent Corporate Commercial Bank (KTB), which was placed under supervision from the central bank in June 2014.
As of end-2015, the BDIF has 486 million levs (248 million euros) at hand, most of them in state securities. The government says it needs a total of 500 million euros to ensure stability of the banking system in the long-term.
Sofia News Agency