ECB fines Greece's Piraeus Bank on past funding violations

FILE PHOTO: A customer uses an ATM outside a branch of Piraeus Bank in Athens April 23, 2015. REUTERS/Kostas Tsironis

ATHENS (Reuters) - The European Central Bank fined Piraeus Bank BOPr.AT 5.15 million euros (4.55 million pounds) for breaching own fund provisions between 2015-17 under its former management, it said on Tuesday.

The ECB said Greece’s largest lender by assets was found in breach of own funds provisions on an individual and on a consolidated basis during six consecutive quarters, committed under the direction of its former management.

The ECB said the penalty was imposed for classifying capital instruments whose purchase was directly or indirectly funded by the bank as Common Equity Tier 1 instruments during six consecutive quarters between 2015 and 2017.

Reporting by George Georgiopoulos, editing by Louise Heavens