The European Central Bank (ECB) Executive Board member Benoît Cœuré said in an interview with the German newspaper Rheinische Post published on February 13 that the interest rate in the Eurozone will remain low until 2% target will be reached.
"Rates will have to stay low until we see that the inflation rate in the euro area is moving towards our objective of just below 2%. We at the ECB don't want this phase of low rates to become normality either," he said.
Cœuré pointed out that there are new downside risks to the inflation outlook due to falling oil prices and the slowdown in the global economy.
He noted that the ECB could expand its quantitative easing if needed.
"If necessary, we stand ready to use all of the instruments at our disposal. That includes the key interest rates and the size, composition and duration of our securities purchases," the ECB executive board member said.
Cœuré also said that new financial crisis was unlikely and the Greek crisis was over.