The Governor of the National Bank is a member of the Governing Council, the main decision-making body of the Eurosystem, particularly as regards monetary policy; the National Bank of Belgium participates in the preparation and execution of its decisions.
Apart from monetary policy, the National Bank of Belgium takes on other tasks which can be classified as follows:
the issuing of euro banknotes
the printing of euro banknotes and the placing in circulation of euro coins
the management of foreign currency reserves
the collection, circulation and analysis of economic and financial information
the stability of the Belgian financial sector - see also CBFA
the role of financial ambassador to international economic institutions
services for the Belgian State
services for the Belgian financial sector
services for the general public
50% of the NBB stock is freely traded on Euronext Brussels, the other 50% of the shares are owned by the Belgian government. (400.000 shares in total)
The National Bank's library is one of the most important economic libraries in Belgium. The building that currently houses the library, was constructed between 1872 and 1874 for the Union du Crédit and designed by architect Désiré De Keyser (1823-1897). De Keyser opted for a typical late-19th century bank style of architecture, which reflects both authority and prestige. The abundant light and imposing spaces were intended to mirror the institution's power and instil confidence among its clients. The building, fully restored to its former glory, is open to the public.