LISBON Dec 9 The Bank of Portugal will not
alter the way it purchases debt under the European Central
Bank's quantitative easing programme following changes announced
by the ECB and will make sure Portuguese debt is bought until
the end of the plan.
Investors have been worried that countries like Portugal and
Ireland face a scarcity of bonds eligible for such purchases.
"The decision by the (ECB) Governing Council yesterday does
not alter the form of action by the Bank of Portugal in
implementing the debt purchasing programme," the Portuguese
central bank said in an emailed reply to questions from Reuters.
The ECB extended the programme by nine months until December
2017. "As before, the Bank of Portugal will act in order to
guarantee that the purchases of Portuguese debt run through the
scheduled end of the programme, fulfilling the parameters in
(Reporting By Andrei Khalip)