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About the ECB

We work to keep prices stable in the euro area. We do this so that you will be able to buy as much with your money tomorrow as you can today.

We also contribute to the safety and soundness of the European banking system. This helps to ensure that your money stays safe in the bank.

At the ECB, we work closely with all national central banks in the euro area and together with them forms a group called the Eurosystem. We also have regular contact with all national central banks in the EU in a network called the European System of Central Banks.

As a result, many staff members are in frequent contact with colleagues and counterparts from the national central banks.

What we do

Business areas

In terms of its organisation, the ECB is function-based and is divided into directorates, divisions and sections. This composition is complemented by other structures, such as project teams, working groups and committees. They ensure interdisciplinary competences and cross-organisational perspectives. They frequently involve the participation of the EU’s national central banks.

Organisational structure


The ECB wishes to be a workplace where staff members feel included and respected, and that their individual talents are valued, developed and rewarded. We are looking for open-minded and tolerant Europeans.

Diversity at the ECB

Diversity is a key contributor to our success. As a European Union institution, the ECB aspires to be an organisation in which diversity is welcomed and appreciated in all its facets for the richness that it offers. The facets of diversity include – but are not limited to – gender, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, age, cultural background and disability.


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We have identified the following six organisational values that guide our day-to-day activities:


We aim at the highest degree of professional excellence, in an environment of equal opportunities.

Effectiveness and efficiency

We perform our tasks in a goal-oriented manner, allocating our resources in an optimal way through cost-awareness and prioritisation.


We live up to the highest standards in terms of honesty, loyalty and commitment to our institution.

Team spirit

We cooperate closely and at all levels with our colleagues across business areas, the Eurosystem and the ESCB, building on our diversity and synergies.

Transparency and accountability

We share information with a sense of openness and responsibility; we recognise and strive to fulfil our accountability obligations.

Working for Europe

We work in the interests of Europe, an ever closer union, and its active participation in the international community. We are enriched by our common values and cultural diversity.


The ECB has set itself high ethical standards. Its staff members must meet these standards in order to maintain the public’s confidence.

The basis of these standards includes the Protocol on the Statute of the ESCB and of the ECB (Article 38) and an ethics framework.

The ethics framework is internally implemented and monitored by the ECB Compliance and Governance Office.

Ethics Framework Protocol on the Statute of the ESCB and the ECB


The health and well-being of our staff are of the utmost importance to us. Our employees need the time to cultivate personal interests and achieve a good balance between their professional and private commitments.

As a staff member you are entitled to 30.5 working days of annual leave per calendar year. Robert Schuman Day and German public holidays are also observed (up to 14 working days per annum).

For further information on the specific leave you are entitled to take under each type of contract, please check the pages under You have been selected, what next?


The ECB’s premises comprises of three buildings: the new Main building in the east of Frankfurt, and the Eurotower as well as the Japan Center in the city centre.

In the second half of 2014 the ECB moved into its new premises on the site of the former Grossmarkthalle (wholesale market) in the east of Frankfurt.

Staff working in banking supervision at the ECB are located in the Eurotower and the Japan Center.

ECB addresses


As an ECB employee, you – and your family – can join the ECB’s Sports and Cultural Club, which has around 25 different sections, including badminton, cinema, dance, choir, hiking, karate, scuba diving and tennis.

The ECB’s facilities include subsidised staff restaurants, a coffee bar and a gym with discounted membership rates.

We also organise social events for our staff members and their families.

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