October 27, 2017 / 7:44 AM / 4 months ago

Expected firmer inflation justifies bond-buy reduction - ECB's Villeroy

PARIS (Reuters) - The ECB’s confidence that the rate of inflation will steadily rise towards its target justifies its decision to reduce bond purchases, ECB policymaker Francois Villeroy de Galhau said on Friday.

The ECB said on Thursday it would cut its bond purchases in half from January but also extend the buying programme until the end of next year.

“It’s an essential step towards their possible end afterwards, which is justified by our confidence in the gradual convergence of inflation towards our medium-term target of two percent,” Villeroy, who is also the governor of the Bank of France, told an insurance conference in Paris.

Reporting by Leigh Thomas; editing by Luke Baker

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