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ECB interest rate on the main refinancing operations and the interest rates on the marginal lending facility and the deposit facility will remain unchanged. 

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The European Central Bank announces its monetary policy decision for April 2018

The Governing Council of the European Central Bank decided that 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 expects the key ECB interest rates to remain at their present levels for an extended period of time, and well past the horizon of the net asset purchases

  • Prior decision Main refinancing rate 0.00%
  • Marginal lending facility 0.25%
  • Deposit facility -0.40%
  • Monthly asset purchases €30 billion

ECB Full statement below:

At today's meeting the Governing Council of the ECB decided that 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 expects the key ECB interest rates to remain at their present levels for an extended period of time, and well past the horizon of the net asset purchases. Regarding non-standard monetary policy measures, the Governing Council confirms that the net asset purchases, at the current monthly pace of €30 billion, are intended to run until the end of September 2018, or beyond, if necessary, and in any case until the Governing Council sees a sustained adjustment in the path of inflation consistent with its inflation aim.

The Eurosystem will reinvest the principal payments from maturing securities purchased under the asset purchase programme for an extended period of time after the end of its net asset purchases, and in any case for as long as necessary.

This will contribute both to favourable liquidity conditions and to an appropriate monetary policy stance.

The statement of President Draghi ahead

ECB President Mario Draghi and Vice-President Vítor Constâncio explain the Governing Council's monetary policy decisions and answer questions from journalists at today’s press conference.

Webcast – 14:30 CET

Alternate player (audio: en,fr,de) Watch on Twitter @ECB

Live. https://www.ecb.europa.eu/home/html/index.en.html

Source: Euopean Central Bank

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