ECB Press – Press Archive

The European Central Bank manages the euro and implements EU economic and monetary policy.

International use of the euro remained stable in 2021

(Source: European Central Bank)

Euro remains second most widely used currency globally after US dollar
Euro’s share at around 19% across various indicators of international currency use
Euro’s global appeal linked to stronger Economic and Monetary Union

The international role of the euro remained stable in 2021, with its share across various indicators of international currency […]

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Monetary policy decisions

(Source: European Central Bank)

9 June 2022

High inflation is a major challenge for all of us. The Governing Council will make sure that inflation returns to its 2% target over the medium term.

In May inflation again rose significantly, mainly because of surging energy and food prices, including due to the impact of the […]

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Survey on the Access to Finance of Enterprises: tightening of financing conditions amid increased economic uncertainty

(Source: European Central Bank)

Euro area enterprises continued to signal a recovery in business activity, but firms’ profitability was reduced by surging input costs
The availability of external funds continued to improve, albeit at a slower pace, as euro area firms deemed the macroeconomic environment to have adversely affected the availability of funds.
While the […]

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Russia-Ukraine war increases financial stability risks, ECB Financial Stability Review finds

(Source: European Central Bank)

Impact of war on energy prices, inflation and growth amplifies existing vulnerabilities
Market reaction to invasion largely orderly, but risk of further correction remains
Banks face weaker profitability after strong recovery in 2021

Financial stability conditions in the euro area have worsened as the Russian invasion of Ukraine leads to higher energy […]

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