PRESS RELEASE

Monetary policy decisions

5 March 2009

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

  1. The interest rate on the main refinancing operations of the Eurosystem will be decreased by 50 basis points to 1.50%, starting from the operation to be settled on 11 March 2009.
  2. The interest rate on the marginal lending facility will be decreased by 50 basis points to 2.50%, with effect from 11 March 2009.
  3. The interest rate on the deposit facility will be decreased by 50 basis points to 0.50%, with effect from 11 March 2009.

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

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