April 11, 2019 / 1:00 PM / 15 days ago

ECB to keep policy as easy as needed: Villeroy

FILE PHOTO: European Central Bank policymaker Francois Villeroy de Galhau, who is also governor of the French central bank, attends the Paris Europlace International Financial Forum in Tokyo, Japan, November 19, 2018. REUTERS/Toru Hanai/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The European Central Bank will keep its monetary policy as accommodative as necessary for as long as needed to reach its inflation target, French central bank governor Francois Villeroy de Galhau said on Thursday.

Speaking at an event in Washington on the sidelines of the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, Villeroy de Galhau said the euro zone economy was now slowing, but would not be in recession.

Referring to the last meeting of the ECB’s governing council this week, he said:

“We confirmed our monetary commitment that we are ready to keep policy accommodative for as much and as long as necessary to reach our inflation target.”

He also reiterated the ECB would study the possibility of introducing tiered deposit rates for banks to limit the negative effect the current negative rate has on banks.

Reporting By Jan Strupczewski; Editing by Francesco Canepa

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