ECB must ensure return to inflation goal after pandemic, Lane says

FILE PHOTO: European Central Bank (ECB) Chief Economist Philip Lane speaks during a Reuters Newsmaker event in New York, U.S., September 27, 2019. REUTERS/Gary He

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The European Central Bank must keep its policy sufficiently easy even after the damage wrought by the coronavirus pandemic is repaired to ensure euro zone inflation heads back to its 2% target, chief economist Philip Lane said on Tuesday.

“Once we have returned towards the pre-pandemic inflation path, we have to ensure that our monetary policy stance is appropriately calibrated in order to ensure timely and robust convergence to our medium-term inflation aim,” Lane told an online conference.

Reporting By Francesco Canepa; Editing by Balazs Koranyi