Legal framework

As an EU institution, the European Central Bank (ECB) operates under clearly defined rules which can be found in primary and secondary Union law. The ECB’s objectives and tasks are set out in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and in the Statute of the European System of Central Banks and of the European Central Bank.

In carrying out its tasks, the ECB can adopt legal acts in its fields of competence. Moreover, in its advisory function the ECB also provides opinions on proposed legislation in its fields of competence.


Now on EUR-Lex: ECB Legal Framework

All ECB legal acts are available in all relevant official EU languages and accessible in EUR-Lex, the online gateway to EU Law providing the official access to EU legal documents.

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