ECB's Lagarde sees receding growth risk beyond short term

ECB's Lagarde sees receding growth risk beyond short term

“Overall, the risks surrounding the euro area growth outlook have become more balanced, although downside risks associated with the pandemic remain in the near term,” Lagarde said in a statement that echoes the bank’s policy stance after its March meeting.

Repeating the bank’s standing guidance, Lagarde said that the 1.85 trillion euros set aside in a Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme may not have to be spent in full but the ECB also reserved the right to increase this quota, if market conditions warrant.

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