April 16, 2018 / 6:25 PM / 6 days ago

ECB's Praet says confident in inflation recovery

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A benign economic outlook for the euro zone is underpinning the European Central Bank’s confidence that inflation in the bloc will converge with its target, the ECB’s chief economist said on Monday.

European Central Bank (ECB) executive board member Peter Praet speaks during an interview with Reuters in Frankfurt, Germany, March 14, 2018. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski

“Our monetary policy measures are bearing fruit, and the growth outlook confirms our confidence that inflation will converge towards our aim of below, but close to, 2 percent over the medium term,” Peter Praet told an audience at the Spanish central bank in Madrid.

He reaffirmed that “an ample degree of monetary stimulus” is needed and the ECB must remain “patient, persistent and prudent” with its ultra-easy monetary policy.

Reporting By Francesco Canepa; Editing by Balazs Koranyi

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