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Consolidated financial statement of the Eurosystem as at 18 April 2008

22 April 2008

Introductory remarks

The exceptional circumstances in one Eurosystem central bank, which prevented that central bank from producing its balance sheet for the Eurosystem consolidated financial statement between 7 March and 11 April 2008, no longer exist. Consequently, this week’s Eurosystem consolidated financial statement now also reflects the latest available balance sheet information provided by the Eurosystem central bank in question, namely that of its financial statement as at 18 April 2008. However, the figures with which the latest data are compared in the column “difference compared with last week due to transactions” are still those as at 29 February 2008 for this particular Eurosystem central bank.

Items not related to monetary policy operations

In the week ending 18 April 2008 the decrease of EUR 36 million in gold and gold receivables (asset item 1) reflected the sale of gold by one Eurosystem central bank (consistent with the Central Bank Gold Agreement that came into effect on 27 September 2004).

The net position of the Eurosystem in foreign currency (asset items 2 and 3 minus liability items 7, 8 and 9) increased by EUR 0.2 billion to EUR 153.7 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) fell by EUR 0.3 billion to EUR 109.3 billion. Banknotes in circulation (liability item 1) increased by EUR 0.5 billion to EUR 662.8 billion. Liabilities to general government (liability item 5.1) fell by EUR 2.6 billion to EUR 65 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) increased by EUR 74.6 billion to EUR 498.9 billion. On Wednesday, 16 April 2008, a main refinancing operation of EUR 130 billion matured and a new one of EUR 204.5 billion was settled.

Recourse to the marginal lending facility (asset item 5.5) was virtually nil (compared with EUR 0.2 billion in the preceding week), while recourse to the deposit facility (liability item 2.2) was EUR 0.3 billion, 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) increased by EUR 71.4 billion to EUR 246.3 billion.

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