At today’s meeting the Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) took the following
monetary policy decisions:
(1) The interest rate on the main refinancing operations and the interest rates on the marginal lending
facility and the deposit facility will remain unchanged at 0.00%, 0.25% and -0.40% respectively. The
Governing Council now expects the key ECB interest rates to remain at their present levels at least
through the end of 2019, and in any case for as long as necessary to ensure the continued sustained
convergence of inflation to levels that are below, but close to, 2% over the medium term.
(2) The Governing Council intends to continue reinvesting, in full, the principal payments from maturing
securities purchased under the asset purchase programme for an extended period of time past the date
when it starts raising the key ECB interest rates, and in any case for as long as necessary to maintain
favourable liquidity conditions and an ample degree of monetary accommodation.
(3) A new series of quarterly targeted longer-term refinancing operations (TLTRO-III) will be launched,
starting in September 2019 and ending in March 2021, each with a maturity of two years. These new
operations will help to preserve favourable bank lending conditions and the smooth transmission of
monetary policy. Under TLTRO-III, counterparties will be entitled to borrow up to 30% of the stock of
eligible loans as at 28 February 2019 at a rate indexed to the interest rate on the main refinancing
operations over the life of each operation. Like the outstanding TLTRO programme, TLTRO-III will feature
built-in incentives for credit conditions to remain favourable. Further details on the precise terms of
TLTRO-III will be communicated in due course.
(4) The Eurosystem’s lending operations will continue to be conducted as fixed rate tender procedures
with full allotment for as long as necessary, and at least until the end of the reserve maintenance period
starting in March 2021.