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30 December 2017INTERVIEW

Europe is back

The euro area economy has left the crisis behind; growth is not only very strong, but also very broad-based, Executive Board member Benoît Cœuré tells Chinese Caixin Media. This gives us increasing confidence that inflation will return to our objective in a sustainable manner.

11 January 2018ACCOUNT

Account of monetary policy meeting published

The Governing Council confirmed the pace and horizon of its asset purchases at its December monetary policy meeting. It was considered important to avoid signals that could trigger an unwarranted tightening of financial conditions, the meeting account shows.

16/12/2017
Benoît Cœuré: Central banks as risk managers
Speech by Benoît Cœuré, Member of the Executive Board of the ECB, at the 53rd SEACEN Governors’ Conference/ High-Level Seminar and the 37th Meeting of the SEACEN Board of Governors, Bangkok, 16 December 2017
14/12/2017
Mario Draghi, Vítor Constâncio: Introductory statement to the press conference (with Q&A)
Mario Draghi, President of the ECB, Vítor Constâncio, Vice-President of the ECB, Frankfurt am Main, 14 December 2017
06/12/2017
Yves Mersch:  Challenges for euro area monetary policy in early 2018
Speech by Yves Mersch, Member of the Executive Board of the ECB, at the 32nd International ZinsFORUM, Frankfurt am Main, 6 December 2017
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30/11/2017
Peter Praet: The outlook for reform: cementing growth and delivering sustainable employment
Speech by Peter Praet, Member of the Executive Board of the ECB, at the Ludwig Erhard Lecture, organised by the Lisbon Council, Brussels, 30 November 2017
30/11/2017
Yves Mersch: Digital transformation of the retail payments ecosystem
Introductory speech by Mr Yves Mersch, Member of the Executive Board of the ECB, at the Joint ECB and Banca d’Italia conference, Rome, 30 November 2017
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30/12/2017
Benoît Cœuré: Interview with Caixin Global
Interview with Benoît Cœuré, Member of the Executive Board of the ECB, conducted by Liwei Wang on 17 December and published on 30 December 2017
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29/12/2017
Yves Mersch: Interview with Börsen-Zeitung
Interview with Yves Mersch, Member of the Executive Board of the ECB, conducted by Mark Schrörs und Detlef Fechtner on 18 December and published on 29 December 2017
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21/11/2017
Benoît Cœuré: Interview with Handelsblatt
Interview with Benoît Cœuré, Member of the Executive Board of the ECB, conducted by Jan Mallien and Frank Wiebe on 15 November and published on 21 November 2017
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09/11/2017
Benoît Cœuré: Interview with France Info TV
Interview with Benoît Cœuré, Member of the Executive Board of the ECB, conducted by Jean-Paul Chapel on 9 November 2017
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29/10/2017
Benoît Cœuré: Interview with Le Journal du Dimanche
Interview with Benoît Cœuré, Member of the Executive Board of the ECB, conducted by Bruna Basini on 27 October and published on 29 October 2017
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11/01/2018
Recommendation of the ECB of 28 December 2017 on dividend distribution policies  (ECB/2017/44)
11/01/2018
Opinion on markets in financial instruments (CON/2018/3)
Slovenia, 
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09/01/2018
Opinion on markets in financial instruments (CON/2018/2)
Greece, 
05/01/2018
Recommendation of the ECB of 19 December 2017 to the Council of the European Union on the external auditors of the Central Bank of Cyprus  (ECB/2017/43)
02/01/2018
Opinion on a proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on European business statistics amending Regulation (EC) No 184/2005 and repealing 10 legal acts in the field of business statistics (CON/2018/1)

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29 December 2017INTERVIEW

Bringing inflation back to target

We are now more confident that inflation will return to levels below, but close to, 2%, Executive Board member Yves Mersch tells German newspaper Börsenzeitung. In 2018 the ECB’s monetary policy will continue to be data-dependent and react to the latest developments.

Interest rates

Marginal lending facility 0.25 %
Main refinancing operations (fixed rate) 0.00 %
Deposit facility − 0.40 %
Effective from 16 March 2016

Inflation rates

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Inflation dashboard

Reference rates

USD US dollar 1.2230
JPY Japanese yen 135.40
GBP Pound sterling 0.88860
CHF Swiss franc 1.1795
Last update: Tuesday, 16 January 2018 Euro foreign exchange rates

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  • Financial integration in Europe - cover image

    Financial integration in Europe

  • ESCB Legal Conference 2016 - cover image

    ESCB Legal Conference 2016

  • The international role of the euro, June 2016 - cover image

    The international role of the euro, June 2016

  • Conference proceedings of the ECB Forum on Central Banking, Sintra 2016: The Future of the international monetary and financial architecture - cover image

    Conference proceedings of the ECB Forum on Central Banking, Sintra 2016: The Future of the international monetary and financial architecture

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    Legal framework of the Eurosystem and the European System of Central Banks. ECB legal acts and instruments

  • Statistics for Economic and Monetary Union. Enhancements and new directions, 2003-12, by Peter Bull - cover image

    Statistics for Economic and Monetary Union. Enhancements and new directions, 2003-12, by Peter Bull

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    The monetary policy of the ECB

  • The payment system – payments, securities and derivatives, and the role of the Eurosystem in this field - cover image

    The payment system – payments, securities and derivatives, and the role of the Eurosystem in this field