Aid on the level

I was intrigued to read the comments by Dr Cooper (Letters, 27 April) claiming that the proposed European Union financial aid package to assist Greece breaches the EU Treaties.

He cites articles 123-125 of the Lisbon Treaty, which are of little relevance in this matter, and neglects to mention article 122, which states that where a member state is in difficulties or there are exceptional occurrences beyond its control, it may grant, under certain conditions, Union financial assistance to the member state concerned.

As the UK is not in the eurozone, it does not have to contribute to this financial package. Proposals to support Greece are by no means illegal, and as evidenced, and are in clear accord with the current EU treaties.

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ALEX ORR

Bryson Road

Edinburgh