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Group of Clients with CHF-denominated Loans protest in Bucharest

  • 65,000 persons had CHF-denominated loans on January 1

 

The portfolios of commercial banks in Romania registered 65,000 persons with CHF-denominated loans on January 1, over 36,500 of them having asked, by early June, the conversion or restructuring of their loans, National Bank of Romania (BNR) Spokesperson Dan Suciu stated for Agerpres on Sunday.

“The portfolios of commercial banks in Romania registered 65,000 persons with CHF-denominated loans on January 1. Of them, 36,546 have asked, by early June, for the conversion or restructuring of those loans,” Suciu said.

At the same time, he pointed out that of the total requests filed, 15,594 have been solved and 20,000 are being processed. In this context, 30,000 clients did not file any loan conversion or restructuring requests.

According to BNR data, on 1 November 2014 the portfolios of commercial banks in Romania registered 75,000 persons with CHF-denominated loans.

Market estimates show that banks externalized approximately 20,000 CHF-denominated loans.

The Group of Clients with CHF-denominated Loans (GCCC) organized a protest on Sunday in Bucharest, protesting against the attitude shown by the political class and the National Bank of Romania (BNR) in the issue of CHF-denominated loans. Organizers estimated the presence of 5,000 protesters.

“In what concerns the consequences of this protest, we hope we will give the political class a wake-up call, a political class that hasn’t done anything in the five months that have passed since the RON/CHF exchange rate exploded. They only adopted an insolvency law that is inapplicable, and the conversion law as proposed by us was forgotten in some drawer. Through the pressure we put on them we hope they would adopt this law. We plan to request a hearing and to file, probably on Monday, June 15, a memorandum at the Government, asking for a meeting,” Catalin Voivozeanu, GCCC member and one of the protest’s organizers, stated for Agerpres.

 

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