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What is TARGET Instant Payment Settlement (TIPS)?

17 October 2017

Find out more about TIPS, the new service coming at the end of 2018 that will make life easier for businesses and individuals.


Why are interest rates low?

4 October 2017

Find out why low interest rates are needed to keep prices stable.


Coming soon: cross-border instant payments

2 October 2017

With so much now available to us in an instant, you may be wondering why bank transfers can still take up to 24 hours. The ECB is working to change this.


How do Europeans pay?

12 April 2017

The ECB released its new €50 banknote with upgraded security features on 4 April 2017. Find out more about how Europeans pay nowadays.


From creation to circulation: the journey of the new €50

4 April 2017

The new €50 banknote has taken years of effort to design, develop, print, test, produce, package, store, ship and issue. Get an idea of all the people and processes involved in the complex journey of a banknote before it finally emerges from a cash machine.


The euro: opening doors for Europeans

7 February 2017

European leaders signed the Maastricht Treaty 25 years ago, a milestone for European integration that paved the way for the euro. Take a look at how our single currency has made it easier for Europeans to travel, study and work abroad.


The euro outside Europe

24 January 2017

Some 339 million people in the euro area use euro banknotes and coins in their daily lives. But did you know the euro is also used in a number of places outside the European Union and beyond the European continent? Take a look at our maps to find out where.


Infographic: How quantitative easing works

9 December 2016

The ECB’s asset purchase programmes support economic growth and help us meet our inflation objective. Find out about how the programmes work, the role of commercial banks and how these measures influence businesses and consumers.


Five facts about the new €50

5 July 2016

Get a first look at the new €50 and discover five things you might not know about Europe’s most widely used banknote.


Inside the APP

6 June 2016

Take a look behind the scenes at the people designing and carrying out the ECB's asset purchase programme and find out more about the why and how of quantitative easing in the euro area.


TLTRO-II explained

10 March 2016

What is the new series of targeted longer-term refinancing operations and why is it needed? ECB President Mario Draghi provides an insight.


How does T2S support a single capital market in Europe?

2 July 2015

See how T2S, the new platform for securities settlement, makes it easier and less expensive for securities to “travel” in Europe and benefits firms and investors.


Who joined the euro area when?

1 January 2015

Explore this interactive map to find out which countries are part of the euro area and when they joined.


ECB premises – from vision to reality

10 December 2014

Since November 2014 ECB staff moved into a new building in Frankfurt’s Ostend. Watch this short time-lapse video to see how it was built.


Outline of the Non-Objection Procedure in the SSM

Decision-making in ECB Banking Supervision

4 November 2014

Learn how decisions on banking supervision are taken under the non-objection procedure.


Integration of market infrastructure

24 September 2014

Integrated market infrastructure in Europe means a single, efficient “plumbing system” underpinning the market. See how the infrastructure for payment and securities settlement benefits citizens, firms and investors.


What do negative interest rates mean for me?

5 June 2014

The Governing Council introduced a negative interest rate on the deposit facility on 5 June 2014. ECB President Mario Draghi explains what the rate decision means for savers in the euro area.


SSM explained in three minutes

24 March 2014

Watch this video about the Single Supervisory Mechanism and learn how banks are supervised in Europe.


The ECB and the Eurosystem explained

26 September 2013

What is inflation? Why is price stability important for you? Find the answers to these questions and more in this three-minute introduction to the ECB and the Eurosystem’s role and tasks.