EFSF FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT(as amended with effect from the Effective Date of the Amendments)
between
KINGDOM OF BELGIUMFEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANYREPUBLIC OF ESTONIAIRELANDHELLENIC REPUBLIC
KINGDOM OF SPAIN
FRENCH REPUBLIC
ITALIAN REPUBLIC
REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS
GRAND DUCHY OF LUXEMBOURG
REPUBLIC OF MALTA
KINGDOM OF THE NETHERLANDS
REPUBLIC OF AUSTRIA
PORTUGUESE REPUBLIC
REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA
SLOVAK REPUBLIC
REPUBLIC OF FINLAND
AND
EUROPEAN FINANCIAL STABILITY FACILITY
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EFSF FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT (the "Agreement")1
is made by and between:
(A)Kingdom of Belgium, Federal Republic of Germany, Republic of Estonia, Ireland, Hellenic Republic, Kingdom of Spain, French Republic, Italian Republic, Republic of Cyprus, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Republic of Malta, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Republic of Austria, Portuguese Republic, Republic of Slovenia, Slovak Republic, and Republic of Finland (the "euro-area Member States" or "EFSF Shareholders"); and
(B)European Financial Stability Facility ("EFSF"), a société anonyme incorporated in Luxembourg, with its registered office at 43, avenue John F. Kennedy, L-1855 Luxembourg (R.C.S. Luxembourg B153.414) (the euro-area Member States and EFSF referred to hereafter as the "Parties").
PREAMBLE
Whereas:
(1)On 9 May 2010 a comprehensive package of measures has been decided including (a) a Council Regulation establishing the European Financial Stabilisation Mechanism ("EFSM") based on Article 122(2) of the Treaty on the functioning of the European Union and (b) the EFSF in order to financially support euro-area Member States in difficulties caused by exceptional circumstances beyond such euro-area Member States' control with the aim of safeguarding the financial stability of the euro area as a whole and of its Member States. It is envisaged that financial support to euro-area Member States shall be provided by EFSF in conjunction with the IMF and shall be on comparable terms to the stability support loans advanced by euro-area Member States to the Hellenic Republic on 8 May 2010 or on such other terms as may be agreed.
(2)EFSF has been incorporated on 7 June 2010 for the purpose of making stability support to euro-area Member States. In a statement dated 21 July 2011 the Heads of State or Government of the euro area and EU institutions stated their intention to improve the effectiveness of EFSF and address contagion and they had agreed to increase the flexibility of EFSF linked to appropriate conditionality. As a consequence, whilst originally financial assistance was provided solely by way of loan facility agreements, financial assistance may now be granted in the form of financial assistance facility agreements ("Financial Assistance Facility Agreements", each a "Financial Assistance Facility Agreement") to provide financial assistance
1 Please note that this consolidated version is for information purposes. The new amendments will be effected by a Supplemental Amendment Agreement setting out the changes to the Framework Agreement. It may be necessary to include in the Supplemental Amendment Agreement a "provisional application" clause similar to that in Article 15(2) of the LFA to Greece of 8 May 2010.
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by way of loan disbursements, precautionary facilities, facilities to finance the recapitalisation of financial institutions in a euro-area Member State (through loans to the governments of such Member States including in non-programme countries), facilities for the purchase of bonds in the secondary markets on the basis of an ECB analysis recognizing the existence of exceptional financial market circumstances and risks to financial stability or facilities for the purchase of bonds in the primary market (each such utilization of a Financial Assistance Facility Agreement being a "Financial Assistance") with the Financial Assistance to be made under all Financial Assistance Facility Agreements being financed with the benefit of guarantees in an amount of up to EUR 779,783.14 million to be used within a limited period of time. This is intended to result in an effective capacity for EFSF to provide Financial Assistance of EUR 440,000 million. The availability of such Financial Assistance Facility Agreements will be conditional upon the relevant euro-area Member States which request such Financial Assistance Facility Agreements entering into memoranda of understanding (each an "MoU") with the European Commission, acting on behalf of the euro-area Member States, including conditions such as budgetary discipline and economic policy guidelines and their compliance with the terms of such MoU. With respect to each Financial Assistance Facility Agreement, the relevant beneficiary euro-area Member State shall be referred to as the "Beneficiary Member State". If Financial Assistance is in the form of facilities for the purchase of bonds in the primary or secondary market, the nature and terms, including as to pricing, policy conditionality, conditions to utilization and documentation of such arrangements shall be in accordance with guidelines adopted by the board of directors of EFSF acting unanimously pursuant to Article 2(1)(b). Similarly, if Financial Assistance is in the form of precautionary facilities and facilities to finance the recapitalisation of financial institutions of a euro-area Member State, the board of directors of EFSF acting unanimously shall adopt guidelines under Article 2(1)(c) in relation to such arrangements. The terms of an MoU shall impose appropriate policy conditionality for the full duration of a Financial Assistance Facility Agreement and not just limited to the period in which Financial Assistance is made available. The conditions attached to the provision of Financial Assistance by EFSF as well as the rules which apply to monitoring compliance must be fully consistent with the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and the acts of EU law.
(2)(a) On 20 June 2011, euro area Finance Ministers agreed that the pricing structure for EFSF loan facility agreements should be as follows:
"(a)EFSF Cost of Funding; plus
(b)the Margin.
The margin shall be equal to 200 basis points with such Margin being increased to 300 basis points in respect of any Loan which remains outstanding after the third anniversary of the date of disbursement.
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In respect of fixed rated Loans with a scheduled maturity which exceeds three (3) years, the Margin shall be equal to the weighted average of 200 basis points for the first three (3) years and 300 basis points for the period from (and including) the third anniversary of its drawdown and ending on (but excluding) the scheduled maturity date of such Loan."
Subsequently, on 21 July 2011, Heads of State or Government of the euro area stated:
"We have decided to lengthen the maturity of future EFSF loans to Greece to the maximum extent possible from the current 7.5 years to a minimum of 15 years and up to 30 years with a grace period of 10 years. In this context, we will ensure adequate post programme monitoring. We will provide EFSF loans at lending rates equivalent to those of the Balance of Payments facility (currently approx. 3.5%), close to, without going below, the EFSF funding cost. We also decided to extend substantially the maturities of the existing Greek facility. This will be accompanied by a mechanism which ensures appropriate incentives to implement the programme."
They also stated:
"The EFSF lending rates and maturities we agreed upon for Greece will be applied also for Portugal and Ireland."
(3)By a decision of the representatives of the governments of the 16 euro-area Member States dated 7 June 2010, acting on the basis of the conclusions of the 27 European Union Member States of 9 May 2010, the Commission was tasked with carrying out certain duties and functions as contemplated by the terms of this Agreement.
(4)EFSF shall finance the making of Financial Assistance by issuing or entering into bonds, notes, commercial paper, debt securities or other financing arrangements ("Funding Instruments") which are backed by irrevocable and unconditional guarantees (each a "Guarantee") of the euro-area Member States which shall act as guarantors in respect of such Funding Instruments as contemplated by the terms of this Agreement. The guarantors (the "Guarantors") of Funding Instruments issued or entered into by EFSF shall be comprised of each euro-area Member State (excluding any euro-area Member State which is or has become a Stepping-Out Guarantor under Article 2(7) prior to the issue of such Funding Instruments). It is not anticipated that a request under Article 2(7) of this Agreement would be made by a euro-area Member State which has requested Financial Assistance in the form of a precautionary facility, so long as such facility is not drawn or utilised, a facility to finance the recapitalisation of financial institutions in such Member State by way of a loan made to such Member State or a facility for the purchase of bonds of such Member State in the secondary market.
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(5)A political decision has been taken by all euro-area Member States to provide Guarantee Commitments (as defined in Article 2(3)) pursuant to the terms of this Agreement.
(6)The euro-area Member States and EFSF have entered into this Agreement to set out the terms and conditions upon which EFSF may enter into Financial Assistance Facility Agreements, make Financial Assistance available to euro-area Member States, finance such Financial Assistance by issuing or entering into Funding Instruments backed by Guarantees issued by the Guarantors, the terms and conditions on which the Guarantors shall issue Guarantees in respect of the Funding Instruments issued by or entered into by EFSF, the arrangements entered into between them in the event that a Guarantor is required to pay under a Guarantee more than its required proportion of liabilities in respect of a Funding Instrument and certain other matters relating to EFSF.
Now, therefore, the Parties have agreed as follows:
1.ENTRY INTO FORCE
(1)This Agreement (with the exception of the obligation of euro-area Member States to issue Guarantees under this Agreement) shall, upon at least five (5) euro-area Member States comprising at least two-thirds (2/3) of the total guarantee commitments set out in Annex 1 (the "Total Guarantee Commitments") providing written confirmation substantially in the form of Annex 3 to EFSF that they have concluded all procedures necessary under their respective national laws to ensure that their obligations under this Agreement shall come into immediate force and effect (a "Commitment Confirmation"), enter into force and become binding between EFSF and the euro-area Member Sates providing such Commitment Confirmations.
(2)The obligation of euro-area Member States to issue Guarantees under this Agreement shall enter into force and become binding between EFSF and the euro-area Member States which have provided Commitment Confirmations only when Commitment Confirmations have been received by EFSF from euro-area Member States whose Guarantee Commitments represent in aggregate ninety per cent (90%) or more of the Total Guarantee Commitments. Any euro-area Member State which applies for stability support from the euro-area Member States or which benefits from financial support under a similar programme or which is already a Stepping-Out Guarantor shall be excluded in computing whether this ninety per cent (90%) threshold of the Total Guarantee Commitments is satisfied.
(3)This Agreement and the obligation to provide Guarantees in accordance with the terms of this Agreement shall enter into force and become binding on any remaining euro-area Member States (which have not provided their Commitment Confirmations at the time the Agreement or the obligation to provide Guarantees comes into force pursuant to Article 1(1) or 1(2)) at the time when such euro-area Member States provide their Commitment
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Confirmation to EFSF copies of which should be addressed to the Commission.
2.FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FACILITY AGREEMENTS, GRANT OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, FUNDING INSTRUMENTS AND ISSUANCE OF GUARANTEES
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(a)The euro-area Member States agree that in the event of a request made by a euro-area Member State to the other euro-area Member States for a Financial Assistance Facility Agreement (i) the Commission (in liaison with the ECB and the IMF) shall be hereby authorised to negotiate the MoU with the relevant Beneficiary Member State which shall be consistent with a decision the Council may adopt under Article 136(1) of the Treaty on the functioning of the European Union following a proposal of the Commission and the Commission shall be hereby authorised to finalise the terms of such MoU and to sign such MoU with the Beneficiary Member State on behalf of the euro-area Member States once such MoU has been approved by the Eurogroup Working Group (unless an MoU has been already entered into between the Beneficiary Member State and the Commission under the EFSM which MoU has been approved by all euro-area Member States in which case this latter MoU shall apply, provided that it covers both EFSM and EFSF stability support); (ii) following such approval of the relevant MoU, the Commission, in liaison with the ECB, shall make a proposal to the Eurogroup Working Group of the main terms of the Financial Assistance Facility Agreement to be proposed to the Beneficiary Member State based on its assessment of market conditions and provided that the terms of such Financial Assistance Facility Agreement contain financial terms compatible with the MoU and the compatibility of maturities with debt sustainability; (iii) following a decision of the Eurogroup Working Group, EFSF (in conjunction with the Eurogroup Working Group) shall negotiate the detailed, technical terms of the Financial Assistance Facility Agreements under which Financial Assistance will, subject to the terms and conditions set out therein, be made available to the relevant Beneficiary Member State, provided that such Financial Assistance Facility Agreements shall be substantially in the form of template Financial Assistance Facility Agreements (each adapted to the particular form of financial assistance being provided to the relevant euro-area Member State) which shall be approved by the euro-area Member States for the purpose of this Agreement and the financial parameters of such Financial Assistance Facility Agreements shall be based on the financial terms proposed by the Commission, in liaison with the ECB, and approved by the Eurogroup Working Group and (iv) EFSF shall collect, verify and hold in safe custody the conditions precedent to such Financial
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Assistance Facility Agreements and the executed versions of all related documents. The terms of Article 3(2) set out the basis upon which decisions shall be made in relation to Financial Assistance to be made available under an existing Financial Assistance Facility Agreement subject to any other procedures which may be adopted pursuant to guidelines adopted by the board of directors of EFSF pursuant to Articles 2(1)(b) or 2(1)(c). Given that EFSF is not a credit institution, Beneficiary Member States shall represent and warrant in each Financial Assistance Facility Agreement that no regulatory authorisation is required for EFSF to grant Financial Assistance to such Beneficiary Member State under its applicable national law or that an exemption to such regulatory authorisation requirement exists under applicable national law. The Guarantors hereby authorise EFSF to sign such Financial Assistance Facility Agreements, subject to the prior unanimous approval by all of them participating in the relevant votes of Guarantors.
(b)Financial Assistance to a euro-area Member State may consist of facilities for the purchase of bonds in the secondary market to avoid contagion, on the basis of an ECB analysis recognising the existence of exceptional financial market circumstances and risks to financial stability or by way of facilities for the purchase of bonds in the primary market. The nature and terms, including as to pricing, conditions to and procedures for disbursement or utilisation, administration, documentation and monitoring of compliance with policy conditionality of such arrangements shall be in accordance with guidelines adopted by the board of directors of EFSF acting with unanimity. Bonds purchased by EFSF in the primary or secondary markets can either be held to maturity or sold in accordance with the applicable guidelines.
(c)To improve the effectiveness of EFSF and address contagion, Financial Assistance Facility Agreements to a euro-area Member State may consist of precautionary facilities or facilities to finance the re-capitalisation of financial institutions in a euro-area Member State by way of a loan to the government of such Member State (whether or not it is a programme country). If a Financial Assistance Facility Agreement covers such Financial Assistance, the nature and terms of such agreement, including as to pricing, conditions to and procedures for disbursement or utilisation, compliance with policy conditionality, administration, documentation and monitoring of compliance with policy conditionality shall be in accordance with guidelines to be adopted by the board of directors of EFSF acting with unanimity.
(2)In respect of each Financial Assistance Facility Agreement and the Financial Assistance to be made thereunder, the euro-area Member States agree that EFSF (in consultation with the Eurogroup Working Group) shall be authorised to structure and negotiate the terms on which EFSF may issue or
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enter into Funding Instruments on a stand-alone basis or pursuant to a debt issuance programme or programmes or facility (each an "EFSF Programme(s)") to finance the making of Financial Assistance to Beneficiary Member States. So long as market conditions permit and save as otherwise stated in this Agreement, such Funding Instruments shall have substantially the same financial profile as the related Financial Assistance (provided that (x) for operational reasons there will need to be delays between issue dates and payment dates to facilitate the transfers of funds and calling Guarantees and (y) notwithstanding the liability of each Guarantor to pay any amounts of interest and principal due but unpaid under the Funding Instruments, the recourse of investors against EFSF under the Funding Instruments shall be limited to the assets of EFSF including, in particular, the amounts it recovers in respect of the Financial Assistance. The pricing which will apply to each Financial Assistance is intended to cover the cost of funding and operations incurred by EFSF and shall include a margin (the "Margin"). This shall provide remuneration for the Guarantors and shall be specified in the relevant Financial Assistance Facility Agreement. The EFSF shall review periodically the pricing structure applicable to its Financial Assistance Facility Agreements and any changes thereto shall be agreed by the Guarantors acting unanimously in accordance with Article 10(5). The Service Fee retained in respect of Financial Assistance disbursed prior to the Effective Date of the Amendments may be used to cover the operational costs of EFSF and any costs and fees directly related to the issuance of Funding Instruments which have not otherwise been charged to the relevant Beneficiary Member State.
(3)In respect of Funding Instruments issued or entered into under an EFSF Programme or on a stand-alone basis, each Guarantor shall be required to issue an irrevocable and unconditional Guarantee in a form to be approved by the Guarantors for the purpose of this Agreement and in an amount equal to the product of (a) the percentage set out next to each Guarantor's name in the third column (the "Contribution Key") in Annex 2 2(as such percentage is adjusted from time to time in accordance with the terms of this Agreement and/or to reflect any euro-area Member State not yet having provided its Commitment Confirmation during the implementation period pursuant to Article 1 and notified in writing by EFSF to the Guarantors) (the "Adjusted Contribution Key Percentage"), (b) up to 165% (the "Over-Guarantee Percentage") in respect of Funding Instruments issued or entered into after the Effective Date of the Amendments, and (c) the obligations of EFSF (in respect of principal, interest or other amounts due) in respect of the Funding Instruments issued or entered into by EFSF on a stand-alone basis or under an EFSF Programme. If EFSF issues Funding Instruments under an EFSF Programme, each Guarantor shall issue its Guarantee to guarantee all Funding
2 In respect of Funding Instruments issued or entered into prior to the Effective Date of the Amendments the Contribution Key and Adjusted Contribution Key Percentage shall be determined by the terms of this Agreement (including Annex 2) prior to the amendments.
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Instruments issued or entered into pursuant to the relevant EFSF Programme. The Offering Materials or contractual documentation for each issue or contracting of Funding Instruments made under an EFSF Programme shall confirm which Guarantors have Guarantees which cover the relevant Funding Instruments or issue or series thereof. EFSF may also request the Guarantors to issue Guarantees under this Agreement for other purposes which are closely-linked to an issue of Funding Instruments and which facilitates the obtaining and maintenance of a high quality rating for Funding Instruments issued by EFSF and efficient funding by EFSF. The decision to issue Guarantees for such other purposes in connection with an EFSF Programme or a stand-alone issue of or entry into Funding Instruments shall be taken by a unanimous decision of the Guarantors. No Guarantor shall be required to issue Guarantees which would result in it having a Guarantee Notional Exposure in excess of its guarantee commitment ("Guarantee Commitment") set alongside its name in Annex 1. For the purposes of this Agreement, a Guarantor's "Guarantee Notional Exposure" is equal to the aggregate of:
(i)the principal amount of Funding Instruments issued or entered into (including Funding Instruments issued or entered into pursuant to any Diversified Funding Strategy approved pursuant to Article 4(5), and other principal amounts guaranteed under Guarantees issued for other purposes pursuant to Article 2(3)) which benefit from Guarantees issued under this Agreement and which remain outstanding; and
(ii)without double counting, the aggregate amounts paid by the Guarantors following demands made under Guarantees issued under this Agreement which paid amounts have not been reimbursed to the Guarantors.
Accordingly, if an outstanding, undrawn Guarantee expires or if an amount drawn under a Guarantee is reimbursed this will reduce a Guarantor's Guarantee Notional Exposure and replenish its capacity to issue Guarantees under this Agreement.
It is acknowledged and agreed that the amendments to this Article 2(3) apply to Funding Instruments issued or entered into on or after the Effective Date of the Amendments. These amendments do not in any respect affect or reduce the liability of Guarantors (including any Guarantors which became Stepping-Out Guarantors) under Guarantees which guarantee Funding Instruments issued or entered into prior to the Effective Date of the Amendments in respect of which the Contribution Key and Adjusted Contribution Key Percentage and Guarantee Commitment of each Guarantor is that which applied on the date of issue of or entry into the relevant Funding Instrument.
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(a)The Guarantees shall irrevocably and unconditionally guarantee the due payment of scheduled payments of interest and principal due on
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Funding Instruments issued by EFSF. In the case of EFSF Programmes, the Guarantors shall issue Guarantees which guarantee all series of Funding Instruments issued from time to time under the relevant EFSF Programme. The Offering Materials and/or contractual documentation of each series shall confirm which Guarantees cover that series, in particular, if a Guarantor under the relevant EFSF Programme has subsequently become a Stepping-out Guarantor and no longer guarantees further issues or series under such EFSF Programme.
(b)The Guarantees may be issued to a bond trustee or other representative of bondholders or creditors (a "Noteholder Representative") who shall be entitled to make demands under the Guarantees on behalf of holders of Funding Instruments and enforce the claims of holders of Funding Instruments so as to facilitate the management of making demands on the Guarantees. The detailed terms and conditions of each issue of Funding Instruments and the Guarantees relating thereto shall be agreed by EFSF, subject to the approval of the Guarantors, and shall be as described in the relevant Offering Materials (as defined in Article 4(1) applicable thereto) and applicable contractual documentation.
(5)A Guarantor shall only be required to issue a Guarantee in accordance with this Agreement if:
(a)it is issued in respect of Funding Instruments issued or entered into under an EFSF Programme or on a stand-alone basis and such Funding Instruments finance the making of Financial Assistance approved in accordance with the terms of this Agreement and the Articles of Association of EFSF or it is issued for such other closely-linked purpose as are approved under Article 2(3);
(b)the Guarantee is issued to facilitate the financing under Financial Assistance Facility Agreements entered into on or prior to 30 June 2013 (including the financing of Financial Assistance made pursuant to an existing Financial Assistance Facility Agreement after such date and any related issue of bonds or debt securities related thereto) and the Guarantee is in any event issued on or before 30 June 2013;
(c)the Guarantee is in the form approved by euro-area Member States for the purpose of this Agreement and the EFSF Programme;
(d)the liability of the Guarantor under such Guarantee gives rise to a Guarantee Notional Exposure which complies with the terms of Article 2(3); and
(e)it is denominated in euros or such other currency as is approved by the Guarantors for the purpose of this Agreement.
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(6)The Guarantee Commitment of each Guarantor to provide Guarantees is irrevocable and firm and binding. Each Guarantor will be required, subject to the terms of this Agreement, to issue Guarantees up to its Guarantee Commitment for the amounts to be determined by EFSF and at the dates specified by EFSF in order to facilitate the issuance or entry into of Funding Instruments under the relevant EFSF Programme or stand-alone Funding Instrument in each case in accordance with the EFSF funding strategy.
(7)If a euro-area Member State encounters financial difficulties such that it makes a demand for a Financial Assistance Facility Agreement from EFSF, it may by written notice together with supporting information satisfactory to the other Guarantors request the other Guarantors (with a copy to the Commission, the Eurogroup Working Group Chairman) to accept that the Guarantor in question does not participate in issuing a Guarantee or incurring new liabilities as a Guarantor in respect of any further debt issuance by EFSF. The decision of the euro-area Member States in relation to such a request is to be made at the latest when they decide upon making any further Financial Assistance Facility Agreements or make available further Financial Assistance.
(8)In respect of Financial Assistance disbursed prior to the Effective Date of the Amendments, an up-front service fee (the "Service Fee") calculated as being 50 basis points on the aggregate principal amount of each Financial Assistance shall be charged to each Beneficiary Member State and deducted from the cash amount to be remitted to the Beneficiary Member State in respect of each such Financial Assistance. In addition, the net present value (calculated on the basis of the internal rate of return of the Funding Instruments financing such Financial Assistance (or such other blended internal rate of return as is deemed appropriate in case of a Diversified Funding Strategy), the "Discount Rate") of the anticipated Margin that would accrue on each Financial Assistance to its scheduled maturity date (the "Prepaid Margin") shall be deducted from the cash amount to be remitted to the Beneficiary Member State in respect of such Financial Assistance. The Service Fee and the Prepaid Margin, together with such other amounts as EFSF decides to retain as an additional cash buffer, will be deducted from the cash amount remitted to the Beneficiary Member State in respect of each Financial Assistance (such that on the disbursement date (the "Disbursement Date") the Beneficiary Member State receives the net amount (the "Net Disbursement Amount")) but shall not reduce the principal amount of such Financial Assistance that the Beneficiary Member State is liable to repay and on which interest accrues under the relevant Financial Assistance. These retained amounts shall be retained to provide a cash reserve to be used as credit enhancement and otherwise as described in Article 5 below. The "Cash Reserve" shall include these retained amounts, the amounts credited to the Cash Reserve under Article 2(9), together with all income and investments earned by investment of these amounts. The Cash Reserve shall be invested in accordance with investment guidelines approved by the board of directors of EFSF.
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(9)In respect of Financial Assistance disbursed after the Effective Date of the Amendments, if on the date of disbursement of such Financial Assistance, the Notes issued to finance such Financial Assistance obtain the highest credit ratings (without any additional credit enhancement), then, unless otherwise agreed:
(a)subject to Article 2(9)(c), the Margin shall be payable on such Financial Assistance in arrear at the end of each interest period;
(b)an amount calculated as being 50 basis points on the aggregate principal amount of each Financial Assistance shall be charged to the Beneficiary Member State as an advance payment of a portion of the Margin on such Financial Assistance (the "Advance Margin") and shall be deducted from the cash amount to be remitted to the Beneficiary Member State in respect of such Financial Assistance;
(c)on the first (and/or subsequent) interest payment date(s) of a Financial Assistance the amount payable in respect of the Margin shall be reduced by an amount equal to the Advance Margin and the interest cost related to the funding of the Advance Margin; and
(d)the only deduction from the cash amount of the Financial Assistance shall be the amount of Advance Margin and any fees and costs incurred in connection with the issue of Funding Instruments to finance such Financial Assistance and any adjustment for Funding Instruments being issued for an issue price less than par value ("Issuance Costs") and the Net Disbursement Amount shall be equal to the principal amount of the Financial Assistance less (i) the amount of Advance Margin and (ii) the Issuance Costs.
The deduction of an amount equal to the Issuance Costs and the amount of Advance Margin shall not reduce the principal amount of a Financial Assistance that the Beneficiary Member State is liable to repay and on which interest accrues.
Advance Margin and Margin amounts retained or received in respect of a Financial Assistance shall be credited to the Cash Reserve.
If, on the date of disbursement of a Financial Assistance, the Notes issued to finance such Financial Assistance would not obtain the highest quality credit ratings (without any additional credit enhancement), then the euro-area Member States may adopt additional credit enhancement mechanisms under Article 5(3) of this Agreement and make consequent modifications to the relevant Financial Assistance Facility Agreement.
(10)If, following the repayment of all Financial Assistance made under Financial Assistance Facility Agreements and all Funding Instruments issued by or entered into by EFSF, there remain amounts in the Cash Reserve (including amounts representing interest or investment income earned by investment of
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the Cash Reserve), then, unless otherwise agreed, these amounts shall be paid to the Guarantors as consideration for the issuance of their Guarantees. EFSF shall maintain ledger accounts and other records of the amounts of Service Fee and anticipated Margin retained in respect of each Financial Assistance Facility Agreement and the amounts credited to the Cash Reserve under Article 2(9) and the amount of all Guarantees issued by each Guarantor pursuant to this Agreement. These ledger accounts and records shall permit EFSF to calculate the consideration due to each Guarantor in respect of the Guarantees issued under this Agreement which shall be payable on a pro rata proportional basis to each Guarantor by reference to its participation in all the Guarantees issued under this Agreement.
(11)Euro-area Member States which are potential Beneficiary Member States may only request and enter into Financial Assistance Facility Agreements in the period commencing on the date this Agreement enters into force and ending on 30 June 2013 (provided that Financial Assistance may be disbursed after this date under Financial Assistance Facility Agreements entered into prior to this date).
(12)Following the execution of this Agreement, the Parties shall agree upon forms of (i) the Guarantees, (ii) the Financial Assistance Facility Agreements (adapted as appropriate pursuant to guidelines adopted by the board of directors of EFSF under Articles 2(1)(b) or 2(1)(c)), (iii) the documentation for the Funding Instruments, (iv) the arrangements in respect of the appointment of Noteholder Representatives, (v) the dealer and subscription agreements for Funding Instruments and (vi) any agency or service level agreement with EIB or any other agency, institution or person.
3.PREPARATION AND AUTHORISATION OF DISBURSEMENTS
(1)Before each disbursement of a Financial Assistance under a Financial Assistance Facility Agreement, unless otherwise specified in the relevant Financial Assistance Facility Agreement (in accordance with guidelines adopted by the board of directors of EFSF pursuant to Articles 2(1)(b) or 2(1)(c) and applicable to the relevant category of Financial Assistance Facility Agreement), the Commission will, in liaison with the ECB, present a report to the Eurogroup Working Group analysing compliance by the relevant Beneficiary Member State with the terms and the conditions set out in the MoU and in the Council Decision (if any) relating to it. The Guarantors will evaluate such compliance and will unanimously decide on whether to permit disbursement of the relevant Financial Assistance. The first Financial Assistance to be made available to a Beneficiary Member State under a Financial Assistance Facility Agreement shall be released or utilised following the initial signature of the relevant MoU and will not be the object of such a report. The board of directors of EFSF acting with unanimity shall adopt guidelines under Article 2(1)(b) and 2(1)(c) regarding the conditions to and procedures for the disbursement and on-going monitoring of compliance with policy conditionality of Financial Assistance in the form of
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precautionary facilities, facilities for the recapitalisation of financial institutions in a Member State and facilities for the purchase of bonds in the primary or secondary markets.
(2)Unless otherwise specified in the relevant Financial Assistance Facility Agreement (in accordance with guidelines adopted by the board of directors of EFSF under Articles 2(1)(b) or 2(1)(c) and applicable to the relevant category of Financial Assistance Facility Agreement), following a request for financial assistance (a "Request for Financial Assistance") from a Beneficiary Member State complying with the terms of the relevant Financial Assistance Facility Agreement, the Guarantors shall (other than in respect of the first Financial Assistance) consider the report of the Commission regarding the Beneficiary Member State's compliance with the MoU and the relevant Council decision (if any). If, acting unanimously, the Guarantors consider that the Beneficiary Member State has complied with the conditions to drawdown under the Financial Assistance Facility Agreement and are satisfied with its compliance with the terms and conditions of the MoU then the Eurogroup Working Group Chairman shall request in writing EFSF to make a proposal of detailed terms of the Financial Assistance it would recommend to make to the Beneficiary Member State within the parameters of the Financial Assistance Facility Agreement, the MoU, taking into account debt sustainability and the market situation for bond issuance. The EFSF proposal shall specify the amount which EFSF is authorised to make available by way of a Financial Assistance under the Financial Assistance Facility Agreement and on what terms including as to the amount of the Financial Assistance, the Net Disbursement Amount, the term, the redemption schedule and the interest rate (including the Margin) in relation to such Financial Assistance. If the Eurogroup Working Group accepts this proposal the Eurogroup Working Group Chairman shall request EFSF to communicate an acceptance notice (an "Acceptance Notice") to the Beneficiary Member State confirming the terms of the Financial Assistance.
(3)At the latest following the signature of a Financial Assistance Facility Agreement, EFSF shall commence the process for the issuance of or entry into Funding Instruments under the EFSF Programme(s) or otherwise and, to the extent necessary, shall request the Guarantors to issue Guarantees in accordance with Article 2 (above) such that EFSF has sufficient funds when needed to make disbursements under the relevant Financial Assistance .
(4)If applicable, and <