ECB’s Lagarde Wants Capital Markets Union

Posted Monday, June 8, 2020 by
Skerdian Meta • 1 min read

The European Central Bank Christine Lagarde was speaking to the European Parliament a while ago. She sees unprecedented economic contraction in Europe from the measures to contain the spread of the virus, meaning the massive and prolonged lock-down.

Everyone knew that; it would have been better if she told us that at the beginning, because if life gets stopped, for three months then logic tells you that the economy will dive and that’s what happened. Now Lagarde is just stating the facts after the destruction has already happened. Anyway, she is pushing for markets union in the Euro area, but I don’t think that will happen, especially after this pandemic and the lock-down.

Lagarde Speaking in the European Parliament

  • Covid 19 pandemic and measures to contain the spread of the virus, have caused an unprecedented contraction of economic activity in the euro area
  • Financial conditions are still tighter today then at the outset of the Covid 19 pandemic
  • ECB’s decisions will make sure that higher borrowing needs by fiscal authorities associated with the necessary fiscal response to the crisis, will not translate into materially higher interest rates for the private sector
  • ECB’s crisis related measures are temporary, targeted and proportionate
  • ECB’s actions are proportionate to the severe risks to our mandate that we are facing
  • ECB continually monitors the proportionality of its instruments
  • We remain fully committed to our mandate

Q&A in the European Parliament

  • Confident good solution will be found on German court
  • ECB will provide any help needed on German rolling
  • Capital markets union would bolster role of euro


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