Portugal’s Prime Minister has said the country will exit itsthree-year 78bn euros bailout on 17 May without needing a standby line of credit.The loan had been granted in May 2011 by the European Union and the
International Monetary Fund.Since then Portugal has stuck to the tough measures required by the bailout.
“The government had decided to exit the assistance programme without turning toany kind of precautionary programme,” Passos Coelho told national television.The decision was the “best for the interests of Portugal” after the country “regainedits credibility,” he added.The announcement was made after a meeting of the cabinet.
Portugal’s economy is recovering from its worst downturn since the 1970s.In April there was a sign of investor confidence in the country’s economy, whenyields on its 10-year government debt fell to an eight-year low of 3.58% at a bondauction.Investor interest in the 750m euro bond auction was such that it was three timesover-subscribed.
The yield on 10-year bonds had stood at 5.1% in February.The “clean exit” route was also undertaken by the Republic of Ireland in December,when it became the first eurozone nation to exit a bailout.