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12.11.2015 10:21 European Central Bank President Mario Draghi repeats that the central bank will review its monetary policy at its next meeting in December

The European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi testified before the European parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee on Thursday. He said that the central bank will review its monetary policy at its next meeting in December.

 

"At our December monetary policy meeting, we will re-examine the degree of monetary policy accommodation," he said.

 

Regarding current economic outlook, he said that the Eurozone's economy recovered moderately, while the central bank's monetary policy and low energy prices supported consumption.

 

But there are downside risks to the growth and inflation outlook from the slowdown in the global economy and from a drop in oil prices, the ECB president added.

 

"However, downside risks stemming from global growth and trade are clearly visible. Moreover, inflation dynamics have somewhat weakened, mainly due to lower oil prices and the delayed effects of the stronger euro exchange rate seen earlier in the year," Draghi said.

 

He pointed out that the ECB will add further stimulus measures if needed to boost inflation in the Eurozone.

 

"If we were to conclude that our medium-term price stability objective is at risk, we would act by using all the instruments available within our mandate to ensure that an appropriate degree of monetary accommodation is maintained. Consistent with our forward guidance, the asset purchase programme is considered to be a particularly powerful and flexible instrument," Draghi said.



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