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Pandemic emergency purchase programme (PEPP)

The ECB’s pandemic emergency purchase programme (PEPP) is a non-standard monetary policy measure initiated in March 2020 to counter the serious risks to the monetary policy transmission mechanism and the outlook for the euro area posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The PEPP is a temporary asset purchase programme of private and public sector securities. The Governing Council decided to increase the initial €750 billion envelope for the PEPP by €600 billion on 4 June 2020 and by €500 billion on 10 December, for a new total of €1,850 billion. All asset categories eligible under the existing asset purchase programme (APP) are also eligible under the PEPP, as well as a waiver of the eligibility requirements has been granted for securities issued by the Greek Government.

In addition, the eligibility of non-financial commercial paper under the corporate sector purchase programme (CSPP) was expanded to include securities with a remaining maturity of at least 28 days. These securities can be purchased under both the CSPP and the PEPP. Previously, only commercial paper with a remaining maturity of at least six months had been eligible for purchase under the CSPP. The residual maturity of public sector securities eligible for purchase under the PEPP ranges from 70 days up to a maximum of 30 years and 364 days.

For the purchases of public sector securities under the PEPP, the benchmark allocation across jurisdictions will be the Eurosystem capital key of the national central banks. At the same time, purchases will be conducted in a flexible manner on the basis of market conditions and with a view to preventing a tightening of financing conditions that is inconsistent with countering the downward impact of the pandemic on the projected path of inflation. The flexibility of purchases over time, across asset classes and among jurisdictions will continue to support the smooth transmission of monetary policy.

The Governing Council will terminate net asset purchases under the PEPP once it judges that the COVID-19 crisis phase is over, but in any case not before the end of March 2022. The maturing principal payments from securities purchased under the PEPP will be reinvested until at least the end of 2023. In any case, the future roll-off of the PEPP portfolio will be managed to avoid interference with the appropriate monetary stance.

Weekly changes are reported below and in the Eurosystem weekly financial statement. Full historical data are available in the Statistics section under Data on daily liquidity conditions.

Securities purchased under the monetary policy portfolios are made available for securities lending to support market liquidity and collateral availability in the market.

PEPP holdings*
EUR millions 1,356,483
Date 10 September 2021
* Updated weekly, at amortised cost
Monthly and cumulative net purchases of debt securities under the PEPP
Book value as at end-August 2021 (EUR millions) Cumulative net purchases as at end-July 2021 (EUR millions) Monthly net purchases in August 2021 (EUR millions) Cumulative net purchases*
PEPP 1,272,190 65,050 1,337,240
* Cumulative monthly net purchases figures represent the difference between the acquisition cost of all purchase operations and the redeemed nominal amounts.
Note: Figures may not add up due to rounding. Figures are preliminary and may be subject to revision. The monthly purchase volumes are reported on a settlement basis and net of redemptions.

The table presents the Eurosystem holdings at the end of the bimonthly period and a breakdown of the change in Eurosystem holdings.

Eurosystem holdings under the pandemic emergency purchase programme
Changes in holdings in EUR millions Asset-backed securities Covered bonds Corporate bonds Commercial paper Public sector securities Total
Holdings* as at end-May 2021 0 4,055 31,014 4,590 1,058,882 1,098,541
Net purchases Jun - Jul 0 1,328 2,695 -730 164,430 167,724
Quarter-end amortisation adjustment and redemptions of coupon STRIPS 0 -5 -26 0 -2,887 -2,918
Holdings as at end-July 2021* 0 5,379 33,684 3,861 1,220,424 1,263,348

*End-of-period book value at amortised cost.

Figures may not add up due to rounding. Figures are preliminary and may be subject to revision.

Amortisation adjustments are made at the end of each quarter. The amortisation results from an accounting principle that implies that securities purchased at prices below face value have to be revalued upwards over time towards maturity, and revalued downwards over time if purchased at prices above face value. STRIPS are accounted for at the end of each month.

Bimonthly breakdown of public sector securities under the PEPP
(EUR millions) Net purchases June 21 -July 21 Cumulative net purchases as at end-July 21* Current WAM of public sector securities holdings under the PEPP** WAM of eligible universe of public sector securities under the PEPP as at end-July 2021**
Austria 4,489 33,219 9.04 7.13
Belgium 5,535 41,621 6.77 9.31
Cyprus 141 2,201 9.29 8.14
Germany 40,054 301,191 6.19 6.75
Estonia 0 255 8.86 7.14
Spain 18,119 140,702 8.25 7.47
Finland 2,781 20,955 7.42 7.51
France 31,033 220,705 8.39 7.57
Greece 3,716 29,397 9.43 9.59
Ireland 2,576 19,346 9.11 9.37
Italy 25,827 208,774 6.89 6.94
Lithuania 92 2,597 11.05 10.69
Luxembourg 121 1,847 6.95 6.41
Latvia 59 1,403 9.51 9.44
Malta 18 323 8.45 8.69
Netherlands 8,902 66,946 7.02 8.28
Portugal 3,558 27,288 7.29 7.20
Slovenia 717 5,556 9.48 9.17
Slovakia 322 6,707 9.30 8.32
Supranationals 16,369 98,170 10.82 8.76
Total 164,430 1,229,199 7.67 7.47

* Cumulative net purchase figures represent the difference between the acquisition cost of all purchase operations and the redeemed nominal amounts.

** Remaining weighted average maturity (WAM) in years.

Notes: Figures may not add up due to rounding. Figures are preliminary and may be subject to revision. The purchase volumes are reported on a settlement basis and net of redemptions.

Bimonthly breakdown of private sector securities under the PEPP
Asset class Asset-backed securities Covered bonds Corporate bonds Commercial paper
Market Primary Secondary Primary Secondary Primary Secondary Primary Secondary
EUR mil. * 0 0 1,144 4,235 12,730 20,954 3,667 194
Share * 0.00% 0.00% 21.27% 78.73% 37.79% 62.21% 94.98% 5.02%
Date 31-Jul-2021
* End of month, at amortised cost

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