Joint Statement on Gold
European Central Bank
Nationale Bank van België/Banque Nationale de Belgique
Central Bank and Financial Services Authority of Ireland
Bank of Greece
Banco de España
Banque de France
Central Bank of Cyprus
Banque centrale du Luxembourg
Bank Ċentrali ta’ Malta/Central Bank of Malta
De Nederlandsche Bank
Banco de Portugal
Národná banka Slovenska
Suomen Pankki – Finlands Bank
Swiss National Bank
In the interest of clarifying their intentions with respect to their gold holdings the undersigned institutions make the following statement:
Gold remains an important element of global monetary reserves.
The gold sales already decided and to be decided by the undersigned institutions will be achieved through a concerted programme of sales over a period of five years, starting on
27 September 2009, immediately after the end of the previous agreement. Annual sales will not exceed 400 tonnes and total sales over this period will not exceed 2,000 tonnes.
The signatories recognize the intention of the IMF to sell 403 tonnes of gold and noted that such sales can be accommodated within the above ceilings.
This agreement will be reviewed after five years.