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Consolidated financial statement of the Eurosystem as at 23 May 2008

27 May 2008

Items not related to monetary policy operations

In the week ending 23 May 2008, the decrease of EUR 46 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) and a purchase of gold coin by another Eurosystem central bank.

The net position of the Eurosystem in foreign currency (asset items 2 and 3 minus liability items 7, 8 and 9) increased by EUR 6.6 billion to EUR 167.4 billion on account of a US dollar liquidity-providing operation settled on 22 May 2008 (an operation conducted by the Eurosystem in connection with the temporary reciprocal currency arrangement (swap line) between the ECB and the Federal Reserve System), and 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 0.1 billion to EUR 112.4 billion. Banknotes in circulation (liability item 1) decreased by EUR 1.8 billion to EUR 669.3 billion. Liabilities to general government (liability item 5.1) rose by EUR 15.7 billion to EUR 81.2 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) decreased by EUR 24.6 billion to EUR 461.9 billion. On Wednesday, 21 May 2008, a main refinancing operation of EUR 191.5 billion matured and a new one of EUR 176.5 billion was settled. On Thursday, 22 May 2008, a supplementary longer-term refinancing operation of EUR 60 billion matured and a new one of EUR 50 billion was settled.

Recourse to the marginal lending facility (asset item 5.5) was EUR 0.4 billion (compared with EUR 0.1 billion in the preceding week), while recourse to the deposit facility (liability item 2.2) was EUR 0.1 billion (compared with virtually nil 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 37.8 billion to EUR 195.4 billion.