Consolidated financial statement of the Eurosystem as at 9 February 2007
Items not related to monetary policy operations
In the week ending 9 February 2007, the decrease of EUR 70 million in gold and gold receivables (asset item 1) reflected sales of gold by one Eurosystem central bank (consistent with the Central Bank Gold Agreement of 27 September 2004).
The net position of the Eurosystem in foreign currency (asset items 2 and 3 minus liability items 7, 8 and 9) decreased by EUR 0.4 billion to EUR 144.8 billion on account of customer and portfolio transactions.
The holdings by the Eurosystem of marketable securities of euro area residents denominated in euro (asset item 7) increased by EUR 1.2 billion to EUR 83.4 billion. Banknotes in circulation (liability item 1) rose by EUR 0.3 billion to EUR 606 billion. Liabilities to general government (liability item 5.1) decreased by EUR 1.7 billion to EUR 37.7 billion.
Items related to monetary policy operations
The Eurosystem’s net lending to credit institutions (asset item 5 minus liability items 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5 and 4) fell by EUR 12.9 billion to EUR 408.4 billion. On Wednesday, 7 February 2007, a main refinancing operation of EUR 292.5 billion matured and a new one of EUR 279.5 billion was settled.
Recourse to both the marginal lending facility (asset item 5.5) and the deposit facility (liability item 2.2) was virtually nil, which was approximately the same as in the preceding week.
Current accounts of euro area credit institutions
As a result of all transactions, the current account position of credit institutions with the Eurosystem (liability item 2.1) decreased by EUR 8.1 billion to EUR 172.7 billion.