European Central Bank President Mario Draghi ignored advice from the bank’s monetary policy committee not to resume bond purchases, the Financial Times reported on Thursday, shedding more light on how divisive the move was.
The ECB pledged indefinite bond purchases in September, even as more than a third of the rate-setting Governing Council opposed the move, an unusually high level of dissent for a body that normally strives for consensus.
The monetary policy committee – made up of technocrats mostly from the euro zone’s 19 central banks – sent a letter to Draghi and other Governing Council members several days before the meeting, advising against fresh bond buys, the FT cited three members of the council as saying.
Although the committee’s advice is not binding, there have only been a handful of occasions during Draghi’s eight-year tenure that the Governing Council went against it, the FT added.
An ECB spokesman declined to comment.
The ECB will start bond purchases, at €20 billion per month, on Nov 1.
Your time is valuable. Have the Top Business Headlines newsletter conveniently delivered to your inbox in the morning or evening. Sign up today.
This content appears as provided to The Globe by the originating wire service. It has not been edited by Globe staff.