UPDATE 1-G8 urges Europe to move on bank reform, Japan to fix budget

Mon Jun 17, 2013 3:33pm EDT
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By Andrew Osborn and William Schomberg

ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland, June 17 (Reuters) - The euro zone came under pressure from other rich economies on Monday to press on with a banking union and Japan was urged to follow up on massive central bank stimulus with structural reforms and measures to tackle its budget deficit.

Leaders of the Group of Eight rich nations, which include Germany, France and Italy, said a further strengthening of the rules underpinning the euro zone, including moves toward a banking union, was "strongly needed."

Euro zone finance ministers are due to discuss Europe's banking union plans on Thursday ahead of a European Union leaders' summit next week.

European officials are seeking to design a scheme to close troubled banks to complement a new system of cross-border supervision led by the European Central Bank from next year.

Germany, the euro zone's largest economy, has long worried that it could face potentially unlimited liabilities if countries in the single currency area pool their funds to cope with failing banks in the future.

In a statement which will form part of a final communique at a summit in Northern Ireland, the G8 leaders said the euro crisis had abated but the single currency area remained in recession, underscoring the need for reform.