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Monetary policy decisions

1 December 2005

At today’s meeting the Governing Council of the ECB took the following monetary policy decisions:

  1. The minimum bid rate on the main refinancing operations of the Eurosystem will be increased by 0.25 percentage point to 2.25%, starting from the operation to be settled on 6 December 2005.
  2. The interest rate on the marginal lending facility will be increased by 0.25 percentage point to 3.25%, with effect from 6 December 2005.
  3. The interest rate on the deposit facility will be increased by 0.25 percentage point to 1.25%, with effect from 6 December 2005.

The President of the ECB will comment on the considerations underlying these decisions at a press conference starting at 2.30 p.m. today.

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