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Temporary Eurobill Fund (TEF): 30 FAQs

The Temporary Eurobill Fund offers a modest, technical but concrete step that can be expanded progressively into a financial, economic and political structure if circumstances develop propitiously. This author has developed the TEF plan over several years – now comprehensively updated.

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Version 1.1 (9 May 2018)

1.What is the TEF Plan?

The Objectives:

  • Re-enforce financial stability.
  • Provide:  a “safe asset” for banks to reduce the `doom loop’ with their government; a “Risk Free Rate” yield curve to support CMU; a simple savings vehicle for citizens.
  • Build trust amongst states, institutions and citizens to assist a European demos.

The Principles: for progress in deepening EMU are clear and include:

  • No mutualisation of debts.
  • Strengthen the post-crisis economic governance system.
  • A proper role for market discipline.
  • Financial solidarity with states that respect the rules yet lose market access.

The Mechanics: TEF is a simple “plainest of plain vanilla” plan:

  • For a common institution created by participating Eurozone states to purchase the under-two year debt issuance of those states.
  • The institution would finance such purchases by issuing its own bills - matching its assets in overall volume and maturity. “Back to Back” market finance for absolute simplicity and transparency.
  • The TEF is a replacement of existing debt, rather than a mechanism to increase debt.
  • Why two years? Nothing magical… (i) Seems long enough to give a state in difficulties time to realise and begin to change before markets cut off access (ii) enough issuance to become a major market sector with undoubted liquidity.
  • The TEF will charge all borrowers an identical interest rate for a given maturity.
  • The TEF’s legal structure would replicate the tried and tested ESM Treaty. It would not require a change to EU Treaties so could be set up very quickly.
  • Governance is inter-governmental – not Communautaire at this stage.
  • If it did not prove effective, then it would cease to issue new bills and most of its bills would have run off within a year, and completely within two years.

(Background and history)