EU Commissioner Olli Rehn said the European reflected to provide the European support fund EFSF additional instruments, beyond those agreed in July to give "more power" in an interview published Monday.
"We are considering the possibility of providing the EFSF to leverage more important to give it more strength," said the Commissioner for Economic Affairs in an interview with Die Welt newspaper.
The EFSF, created in spring 2010 to help countries in the euro area in trouble, has seen its envelope inflated and expanded its mandate in July. Decisions made July 21 in this regard by EU leaders are being approved by the countries of the euro area.
But the debt crisis that has shaken the euro area has worsened since July, Italy find themselves in the eye of the storm, and necessitating a kidney EFSF even stronger. Among the ideas discussed, for example, loans secured by the EFSF investors who would buy the debt of troubled countries.
In his interview with Die Welt, Rehn did not go into details.
He expressed concern about the financial soundness of banks in the euro area. "The current crisis is a combination of serious debt crisis and weakness in the financial sector," he said, "we can not solve one without the other."
There is a need "to intensify the recapitalization of banks and to establish soon a common line for it within the EU," he added. "We need to flank the repairs to the financial sector to recapitalize banks," said Mr Rehn.
According to Die Welt, he announced that the finance ministers of the EU would address the issue at their next meeting in Luxembourg in early October.