The International Monetary Fund (IMF) will urge governments in the euro zone to increase the size of their rescue fund, and will also call for additional purchases of bonds by the European Central Bank (ECB).
According to a Reuters report, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, chief of the IMF, will present a report from that organization to euro zone finance ministers on Monday in Brussels. The report characterizes the current worries about contagion within the euro zone as “a severe downside risk,” and calls for more action from nations within the zone.
Currently, the rescue facility, set up in May by the IMF and EU, has 750 billion euros ($998 billion). However, when the bailout of Ireland last week failed to soothe the worries of the markets, and the spotlight turned first to Portugal and then to a lesser degree to Spain and even Italy, the facility began to be seen as perhaps inadequate to the challenge.
The IMF’s report also calls for expanding the ECB’s bond purchase program, as well as taking additional measures. The pressure is on for member nations to do more to stem the tide of investor fears. Jean-Claude Trichet, president of the ECB, has said that member nations must not put all their reliance on the bank to solve the euro zone’s problems; he has urged them to take additional substantial actions. On Saturday, Belgian Finance Minister Didier Reynders also encouraged member nations to contribute further to the facility’s funding.