MEPs quiz ECB President Mario Draghi for last time - EU monitor

EU monitor
Donderdag 12 december 2019
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Met dank overgenomen van Europees Parlement (EP)†i, gepubliceerd op maandag 23 september 2019.

Mario Draghi†i appeared for the last time in the European Parliament†i on Monday in his tenure as President of the ECB†i, before stepping down on 31 October.

Fielding questions from MEPs of the Economic and Monetary Affairs committee during his thirtieth and last appearance in the European Parliament, Mr Draghi used the occasion to defend the decisions taken by the ECB, more specifically over the last months, and renewed his call on governments to complement the Bankís monetary policy with reforms to their countriesí economies.

MEPs across the political spectrum credited Mr Draghi with saving the Eurozone†i over the last eight years. However, opinions diverged throughout the hearing on whether the ECBís decisions to extend its quantitative easing over the last months was resulting in more benefits than costs.

Numerous MEPs also used the occasion to quiz Mr Draghi on the role that monetary policy should have over the next months and years, and whether the European Central Bank should refocus its priorities.

Questions also concentrated on the way the ECB has communicated its decisions, the limited beneficial effects of the ECBís measures in reaching the more indebted Eurozone members, and the risks that come with a much-enlarged ECB balance sheet.

You can follow the hearing again here.