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Schedules for the meetings of the Governing Council and the General Council of the ECB and the related press conferences in 2005

17 June 2004

The Governing Council has agreed that in the year 2005 its meetings will continue to be held, as a rule, on a Thursday in the first and third week of each month. As in previous years, the meeting schedule of the Governing Council also accommodates special holiday situations.

As announced on 8 November 2001, the stance of the ECB's monetary policy will continue to be assessed by the Governing Council, as a rule, only at the first meeting of the month. Accordingly, interest rate decisions will normally be taken during that meeting. Whenever it holds a second meeting in the month, the Governing Council will deal with issues related to other tasks and responsibilities of the ECB and the Eurosystem. Obviously, if warranted by the circumstances, the Governing Council can still decide to change the key ECB interest rates at any time, regardless of previously scheduled meetings. The meeting schedule of the Governing Council in 2005 also takes into account that reserve maintenance periods will start on the settlement day of the main refinancing operation (MRO) following the Governing Council meeting at which the monthly assessment of the monetary policy stance is pre-scheduled.

Also in line with established practice, two meetings of the Governing Council will again be held outside Frankfurt: the first one on 4 May 2005 will be hosted by the Deutsche Bundesbank and the second one on 6 October 2005 by the Bank of Greece.

In addition, the General Council has agreed that the current practice of having quarterly meetings is to be maintained.

Finally, the current regime for holding press conferences will continue, i.e. they will take place after the first Governing Council meeting in each month, with the exception of the month of August.

Meetings of the Governing Council of the ECB in 2005

  • 13 January 2005
  • 3 February 2005
  • 17 February 2005
  • 3 March 2005
  • 17 March 2005
  • 7 April 2005
  • 21 April 2005
  • 4 May 2005 (Berlin)
  • 19 May 2005
  • 2 June 2005
  • 16 June 2005
  • 7 July 2005
  • 21 July 2005
  • 4 August 2005
  • 1 September 2005
  • 15 September 2005
  • 6 October 2005 (Athens)
  • 20 October 2005
  • 3 November 2005
  • 17 November 2005
  • 1 December 2005
  • 15 December 2005
  • 12 January 2006

Meetings of the General Council of the ECB in 2005

  • 17 March 2005
  • 16 June 2005
  • 15 September 2005
  • 15 December 2005

Press conferences in 2005

  • 13 January 2005
  • 3 February 2005
  • 3 March 2005
  • 7 April 2005
  • 4 May 2005 (Berlin)
  • 2 June 2005
  • 7 July 2005
  • 1 September 2005
  • 6 October 2005 (Athens)
  • 3 November 2005
  • 1 December 2005
  • 12 January 2006

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