Greek banks could get a first capital injection soon after a bailout deal is agreed, as much as 10 billion euros, even before the ECB completes a stress test, a euro zone official familiar with the issue said on Monday.
The official who asked not to be named, said a bank test may not be finished before October but that it was recognised the Greek banks need urgent capital to normalise their operations.
So an initial sum may be allocated even before the European Central Bank can assess the total of how much is actually needed.
The comments suggest that European officials are warming to Greek plans to get cash to banks as soon as possible and at the very latest before the end of the year.
Athens wants to ease capital controls, in place since June, which now limit withdrawals to 420 euros per customer per week.
It also wants to avoid having the recapitalization slip into 2016, at which time new EU regulations would require charges, or haircut, on large depositors, including companies.