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Hands off our finance sector, Luxembourg warns

Published on Mar 27, 2013 7:10 PM

LUXEMBOURG (AFP) - Luxembourg railed on Wednesday against what it fears is a new eurozone position that oversized finance sectors must be scaled back in line with national economic output following the Cyprus banking debacle.

Former Eurogroup chairman Jean-Claude Juncker's government is "concerned about recent statements and declarations that were made since the crisis in Cyprus sharpened", a news release said.

Specifically, it rejects "general assessments of the size of the financial sector in relation to a country's GDP (gross domestic product) and the alleged risks this poses for economic and fiscal sustainability".

The government said the Luxembourg finance sector acts as "an important gateway for the euro area by attracting investments and thus contributing to the general competitiveness of all member states".

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