About: European Central Bank

Energy 16-09-2021

How the European Central Bank can unleash the building renovation wave

Trillions is needed for the deep building renovations required to meet Europe's climate targets.  To make this happen, EU institutions need to use the network of banks across Europe and incentivise loans for home renovation, argue finance campaigners.
Economy & Jobs 06-09-2021

High inflation looms over ECB meeting

Rising eurozone inflation provides the backdrop for the meeting of European Central Bank governors Thursday (9 September), with markets hoping for hints when policymakers might start easing their massive pandemic-era stimulus.
Economy & Jobs 18-05-2021

German top court rejects complaint against ECB’s bond-buying scheme

Germany's constitutional court rejected on Tuesday (18 May) a complaint against the European Central Bank's (ECB) flagship bond-buying scheme, in a ruling that primes the eurozone economy for more stimulus once the bank's pandemic-related emergency measures end. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economic governance 22-04-2021

The ECB needs political guidance on secondary objectives

While EU Treaties clearly stipulate that the European Central Bank “shall support the general objectives of the European Union", politicians cannot simply stand by, hoping that it will use its discretionary power to act on them, writes Grégory Claeys.

Flying in the face of the ECB – Greenpeace paraglides onto bank to protest fossil fuel funding

Two climate activists from Greenpeace paraglided onto the roof of the European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters on Wednesday (10 March) and hung a banner accusing the bank of funding polluters on the eve of its governing board meeting.
The European Central Bank (ECB) has issued a stark warning on the involvement of Big Tech firms in cryptocurrency projects, warning that such could jeopardise privacy, create further risks to fair competition and even 'endanger monetary sovereignty.'
Digital & Media 11-02-2021

ECB issues stark warning on Big Tech cryptocurrency projects

The European Central Bank (ECB) has issued a stark warning on the involvement of Big Tech firms in cryptocurrency projects, cautioning that such moves could jeopardise privacy, create further risks to competition and even "endanger monetary sovereignty".
Economy & Jobs 08-02-2021

ECB’s Lagarde says cancelling COVID debts ‘unthinkable’

European Central Bank (ECB) chief Christine Lagarde on Sunday (7 February) rejected calls to cancel debts run up by eurozone members to buttress their economies during the COVID-19 crisis.
Economy & Jobs 08-02-2021

Cancel the public debt held by the ECB and ‘take back control’ of our destiny

It is time for the European Central Bank to cancel a large of the public debt it holds, say more than a hundred economists from across Europe including Aurore Lalucq, Nicolas Dufrêne, Jézabel Couppey-Soubeyran, and Laurence Scialom.

European Central Bank sets up climate team, considers green bonds

Climate change will be key to the review of the European Central Bank's policy, its president, Christine Lagarde, announced on Monday (25 January), marking a possible shift towards 'greener' monetary policy.
The European Commission is to work alongside the European Central Bank (ECB) in probing a range of 'policy, legal and technical' pitfalls that could emerge as part of plans to introduce a Digital Euro crypto-currency in mid-2021.
Digital & Media 20-01-2021

Commission and ECB join forces on digital euro as privacy concerns emerge 

The European Commission is to work alongside the European Central Bank (ECB) in probing a range of 'policy, legal and technical' pitfalls that could emerge as part of plans to introduce a digital euro crypto-currency in mid-2021.
Economy & Jobs 04-08-2020

Italy enjoys oversized ECB support as debt balloons

Italy enjoyed oversized purchases of its government debt by the European Central Bank in June and July, standing out as the main beneficiary of ECB efforts to support the virus-stricken euro zone economy, data showed on Monday (3 August).
Economy & Jobs 16-07-2020

ECB to sit tight as EU leaders shape virus recovery plan

European Central Bank governors are expected to refrain from doling out fresh stimulus medicine Thursday, hoping EU leaders will do their bit to shore up the crisis-hit region with a huge coronavirus recovery plan.
Climate change 09-07-2020

ECB’s Lagarde to pursue ‘every avenue’ to fight climate change

European Central Bank chief Christine Lagarde on Wednesday (8 July) said she would consider "every avenue available" to tackle climate change, signalling that the bank could use its massive stimulus scheme to target green bonds.
Economy & Jobs 30-06-2020

ECB stimulus plan meets court requirements, says German finance minister

The European Central Bank (ECB) has met the principle of proportionality with its flagship stimulus programme, Germany's finance minister and lawmakers said, ending a legal conflict that threatened to undermine central bank policy.
Economy & Jobs 04-06-2020

ECB seen beefing up eurozone support as pandemic persists

Most analysts expect the European Central Bank on Thursday (4 June) to beef up its emergency bond-buying scheme with hundreds of billions of euros to weather the coronavirus pandemic, providing governments with the breathing space to decide their own response.
Economy & Jobs 28-05-2020

Recovery fund brings EU one step closer to fiscal union

A European Commission plan to issue large amounts of common EU bonds under a coronavirus recovery fund potentially marks the first step towards the euro zone finally getting a region-wide safe-haven asset, investors said.
Economy & Jobs 27-05-2020

ECB warns virus response could renew fears of euro breakup

A vast fiscal fightback to the coronavirus crisis unleashed by eurozone governments could raise questions about capitals' ability to repay debts and revive the threat of countries exiting the single currency, the European Central Bank warned Tuesday (26 May).
Future EU 14-05-2020

German ECB ruling should ‘spur’ more eurozone integration: Merkel

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday (13 May) that a bombshell ruling on the European Central Bank by Germany's top court should "spur" efforts toward greater eurozone integration.
Economy & Jobs 08-05-2020

ECB will continue doing whatever is necessary to deliver on mandate, Lagarde says

European Central Bank chief Christine Lagarde has responded to a recent German court ruling that challenged the bank's authority by saying the ECB is an independent institution, accountable to the European Parliament, that will continue to do whatever it takes to deliver its mandate.
Economy & Jobs 05-05-2020

Top German judges to rule on massive ECB economic support

Germany's top court will rule Tuesday (5 May) on mass bond-buying by the European Central Bank, a tool the Frankfurt institution has deployed like never before to cushion the impact of the coronavirus.
Economy & Jobs 30-04-2020

All eyes on ECB for bigger virus-fighting moves

The European Central Bank could reiterate Thursday (30 April) its power to do more still to cushion the eurozone economy from the impact of the novel coronavirus, analysts said, while maintaining pressure on governments to agree a joint response.
Economy & Jobs 27-04-2020

All eyes on ECB for further virus-fighting moves

The European Central Bank has launched a series of never-before-seen measures to cushion the economic blow from the coronavirus pandemic but it looks set to reaffirm Thursday (30 April) it will do more still, even if some of the options appear limited.
Economy & Jobs 23-04-2020

ECB says could accept ‘junk’ bonds as collateral for loans

European Central Bank governors agreed Wednesday (22 April) that banks could put up so-called "junk" bonds as collateral when borrowing from the Frankfurt institution, in case eurozone governments and firms see their credit ratings downgraded as they grapple with the coronavirus pandemic.
Economy & Jobs 08-04-2020

ECB eases bank funding rules in ‘unprecedented’ step

The European Central Bank on Tuesday (7 April) announced an "unprecedented" easing of collateral requirements in a bid to boost bank lending during the coronavirus crisis.