PRESS RELEASE

Pre-announcement of supplementary longer-term refinancing operation

6 September 2007

The Governing Council of the European Central Bank has today decided to conduct a supplementary liquidity-providing longer-term refinancing operation with a maturity of three months.

This operation aims to support a normalisation of the functioning of the euro money market. It will be conducted in addition to the regular monthly longer-term refinancing operations, which remain unaffected.

The operation will be carried out as a variable rate tender, with no preset allotment amount. A standard tender procedure will be applied, with announcement on Tuesday, 11 September 2007, allotment on Wednesday, 12 September 2007, and settlement on Thursday, 13 September 2007. The operation will mature on Tuesday, 11 December 2007.

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