The European Central Bank (ECB) is the central bank for Europe's single currency, the euro. The ECB’s main task is to maintain the euro's purchasing power and price stability in the euro area. The euro area comprises the 19 European Union countries that have introduced the euro since 1999.
The mission of the ECB
Our mission is to serve Europe’s citizens by maintaining price stability and safeguarding the value of the euro. Find out more about mission of the ECB, the Eurosystem and the Single Supervisory Mechanism.
What are the ECB’s tasks?
The ECB defines and implements monetary policy for the euro area and carries out a number of other tasks, including banking supervision.
How the ECB is organised
The ECB is an official EU institution at the core of the Eurosystem and the Single Supervisory Mechanism. Find out about its organisational and governance structure and learn who’s who in the Governing Council, the main decision-making body.