EU approves German banking rescue plan
The European Commission on Tuesday approved Germany's 470-billion-euro (588-billion-dollar) financial rescue package after finding that it does not violate European Union treaty rules, reproted dpa.
"The package constitutes an adequate means to remedy a serious disturbance in the German economy while avoiding undue distortions of competition," the bloc's executive arm said in a statement.
In approving the package, officials in Brussels noted that the German measures do not discriminate against foreign banks, they are limited in time and scope, and they foresee "adequate safeguards to minimize distortions of competition."
Approved by the German parliament earlier this month, the package foresees up to 400 billion euros in inter-bank lending guarantees and a 70-billion-euro fund to recapitalize banks and take toxic assets away from them.