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ECJ Advocate General delivers opinion on legality of ECB right to purchase Eurozone bonds

The opinion of the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice, Pedro Cruz Villal√≥n, regarding an ECB-related case brought to the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany by Peter Gauweiler and others, was given on 14 January 2015. The Advocate General found that the 2012 ECB decision on Outright Monetary Transactions (establishing a competence to purchase Eurozone government bonds) “falls within the monetary policy for which the Treaty makes the ECB responsible and does not constitute an economic policy measure, provided that, throughout the whole period of implementation of any OMT programme, the ECB refrains from any direct involvement in the financial assistance programmes to which the OMT programme is linked.” The full opinion is on this Court of Justice page. A commentary is available from the Jurist legal news and research service. The EUI Library maintains a Eurozone Guide and Bibliography and a European Statistical Data Directory.

Mario Draghi: Interview with Le Monde

Mario Draghi, President of the ECB, conducted by Erik Izraelewicz, Claire Gatinois and Philippe Ricard on 18 July 2012, published 21 July 2012 The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has revised downwards its global growth forecasts because of Europe. Is there a risk of recession? No. Since the start of the year, the risks of a […]