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4 November 2020
Swap lines are one part of our central bank toolkit. But what are they? And why do we use them? Our colleague Imène explains why they are an important tool for preserving financial stability and can help prevent market tension from affecting the real economy.
20 October 2020
Why do we need reliable data? And who produces it? Our colleague Rita explains how the ECB ensures that its statistics are accurate, consistent and timely.
21 August 2020
We developed a framework for ethical hacking in 2018. What does this mean? Our colleague Emran explains what an ethical hacker does and how this helps to test the resilience and weaknesses of banks.
21 August 2020
Foreign reserves are foreign currencies, or other assets, held by central banks – like us – and other authorities. Our colleague Joaquim explains the role of foreign reserves and, in particular, the characteristics of those held by the ECB.
21 August 2020
Our banknotes have plenty of fascinating features. A good example is the ECB President’s signature. Our colleague Sarai explains how the signature feature helps to ensure trust in the euro area’s single currency.
21 August 2020
The banking union allows EU banking rules to be applied consistently. This helps to ensure the banking system is resilient. Our colleague Filipa explains the basis of the banking union and how it ensures people in Europe can confidently save, spend or borrow money.
21 August 2020
As European banking supervisor, we check that banks comply with the rules. Our colleague François explains how this ultimately serves the people of Europe, as it helps to ensure banks are safe and sound.
11 December 2019
When a central bank gives forward guidance, it provides information about its future actions. At the ECB, we do this by making statements about our monetary policy intentions at our press conferences. Our ECB colleague Michael explains how forward guidance can help boost the economy.
21 November 2019
New technologies may affect the way we pay in the future. As the central bank for the euro, one of our objectives is to ensure that payments are made safely and efficiently across the euro area. ECB colleague Maria Teresa explains the benefits and risks of crypto-assets.
13 November 2019
The ECB is an independent institution that uses its instruments to fulfil its mandate. We also explain our decisions to European people and their elected representatives at the European Parliament. Watch ECB colleague Jean-François to find out more.
16 October 2018
Executive Board member Benoît Cœuré visited the Vorwerk factory in Cloyes-sur-le-Loir, France. He talked to locals about how the ECB has made it more attractive for banks to lend to businesses. This means better conditions for businesses, helping to create more jobs.
8 June 2018
Have you ever wondered how our Executive Board members are appointed? Elected national representatives decide at European level who can join the Board for a non-renewable eight-year term. Find out who proposes the candidates and how they are selected.
9 May 2018
Small and medium-sized enterprises form the backbone of the euro area economy. Find out how entrepreneurs and small business owners benefit from the single currency.
2 May 2018
We put our money in the bank for safekeeping. But what if someone hacks into the bank’s computers? Watch our video explainer on how the ECB is helping the financial system stay safe by encouraging “ethical hacking”…
17 October 2017
Find out more about TIPS, the new service coming at the end of 2018 that will make life easier for businesses and individuals.
4 October 2017
Find out why low interest rates are needed to keep prices stable.
2 October 2017
With so much now available to us in an instant, you may be wondering why bank transfers can still take up to 24 hours. The ECB is working to change this.
12 April 2017
The ECB released its new €50 banknote with upgraded security features on 4 April 2017. Find out more about how Europeans pay nowadays.
4 April 2017
The new €50 banknote has taken years of effort to design, develop, print, test, produce, package, store, ship and issue. Get an idea of all the people and processes involved in the complex journey of a banknote before it finally emerges from a cash machine.
7 February 2017
European leaders signed the Maastricht Treaty 25 years ago, a milestone for European integration that paved the way for the euro. Take a look at how our single currency has made it easier for Europeans to travel, study and work abroad.
24 January 2017
Some 339 million people in the euro area use euro banknotes and coins in their daily lives. But did you know the euro is also used in a number of places outside the European Union and beyond the European continent? Take a look at our maps to find out where.
9 December 2016
The ECB’s asset purchase programmes support economic growth and help us meet our inflation objective. Find out about how the programmes work, the role of commercial banks and how these measures influence businesses and consumers.
5 July 2016
Get a first look at the new €50 and discover five things you might not know about Europe’s most widely used banknote.
6 June 2016
Take a look behind the scenes at the people designing and carrying out the ECB's asset purchase programme and find out more about the why and how of quantitative easing in the euro area.
10 March 2016
What is the new series of targeted longer-term refinancing operations and why is it needed? ECB President Mario Draghi provides an insight.
2 July 2015
See how T2S, the new platform for securities settlement, makes it easier and less expensive for securities to “travel” in Europe and benefits firms and investors.
1 January 2015
Explore this interactive map to find out which countries are part of the euro area and when they joined.
10 December 2014
Since November 2014 ECB staff moved into a new building in Frankfurt’s Ostend. Watch this short time-lapse video to see how it was built.
4 November 2014
Learn how decisions on banking supervision are taken under the non-objection procedure.
24 September 2014
Integrated market infrastructure in Europe means a single, efficient “plumbing system” underpinning the market. See how the infrastructure for payment and securities settlement benefits citizens, firms and investors.
5 June 2014
The Governing Council introduced a negative interest rate on the deposit facility on 5 June 2014. ECB President Mario Draghi explains what the rate decision means for savers in the euro area.
24 March 2014
Watch this video about the Single Supervisory Mechanism and learn how banks are supervised in Europe.