Governing Council of the European Central Bank

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Not to be confused with the Executive Board of the European Central Bank.

The Governing Council of the European Central Bank is the main decision-making body of the ECB, responsible for formulating monetary policy for the Eurozone.

The Governing Council comprises the members of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank and the governors of the National Central Banks of the euro area countries.

Responsibilities[edit]

The Governing Council is responsible for formulating monetary policy for the Eurozone. This encompasses decisions relating to monetary objectives, most commonly, via the setting of the key interest rates or the supply of reserves in the Eurosystem. The Governing Council's target is to keep inflation below, but close to, 2% over the medium term.[1]

In addition, the Council has responsibility for the establishment of guidelines and the adoption of decisions leading to the fulfilment of the tasks entrusted to the Eurosystem.

Composition[edit]

The Governing Council consists of:

Members of the Governing Council (as of December 2012)[2][3]
Mario Draghi, President of the ECB Vítor Constâncio, Vice-President of the ECB Benoît Cœuré, Member of the Executive Board of the ECB
Yves Mersch, Member of the Executive Board of the ECB Sabine Lautenschläger, Member of the Executive Board of the ECB Peter Praet, Member of the Executive Board of the ECB (Chief Economist of the ECB)
Luc Coene (Belgium) Jens Weidmann (Germany) Patrick Honohan (Ireland)
George Provopoulos (Greece) Luis María Linde (Spain) Ardo Hansson (Estonia)
Christian Noyer (France) Ignazio Visco (Italy) Panicos O. Demetriades (Cyprus)
Gaston Reinesch (Luxembourg) Josef Bonnici (Malta) Klaas Knot (Netherlands)
Ewald Nowotny (Austria) Carlos Costa (Portugal) Marko Kranjec (Slovenia)
Jozef Makúch (Slovakia) Erkki Liikanen (Finland)

Meetings and decisions[edit]

In general, the Governing Council meets twice a month at the Eurotower in Frankfurt, Germany. The first meeting is the most important and is devoted to the assessment of economic and monetary developments. The ECB makes public its monthly monetary policy decision after the meeting. At its second meeting, the Governing Council discusses issues concerning other tasks of the ECB and the Eurosystem.

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