ECB logo


Primary objective

The primary objective of the ECB’s monetary policy is to maintain price stability. This is the best contribution monetary policy can make to economic growth and job creation.

What does monetary policy do?

Monetary policy operates by steering short-term interest rates, thereby influencing economic developments, in order to maintain price stability for the euro area over the medium term.

The ECB's monetary policy strategy

The ECB has adopted a specific strategy to ensure the successful conduct of monetary policy. The ECB has defined price stability as a year-on-year increase in the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) for the euro area of below 2%. In the pursuit of price stability, the ECB aims at maintaining inflation rates below, but close to, 2% over the medium term.

The strategy also includes an analytical framework for the assessment of all relevant information and analysis needed to take monetary policy decisions. This framework is based on two pillars: economic analysis and monetary analysis.

Monetary policy strategy


Monetary policy decisions are taken by the ECB's Governing Council. The Council assesses economic and monetary developments and takes monetary policy decisions every six weeks.

Monetary policy decisions
Economic and monetary developments


To implement its monetary policy decisions, the Governing Council of the ECB has adopted a set of monetary policy instruments and procedures as laid down in the General documentation on Eurosystem monetary policy instruments and procedures.

Monetary policy instruments


北京pk赛车10官网 山东十一选五助手 3d开奖号178号 到百度首页 曼雅配资 何为股票配资 浙江11选5 一定牛河北十一选五 3d试机号3d试机 半全场 3d开机号 丛林快讯 河内五分彩开奖号码统计软件 盛鑫配资 qq分分彩 热血羽毛球 球棎比分足球即时比分