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ECB foreign exchange interventions

Quarterly reports

The ECB began publishing quarterly data on its foreign exchange interventions (FXIs) in May 2020. The aim of this reporting is to enhance transparency while safeguarding the ECB’s ability to carry out interventions in the foreign exchange market in an effective manner.

The exchange rate of the euro is not a policy target for the ECB. Thus far it has only intervened in the foreign exchange market in 2000 and 2011, and when it does so it acts either alone (in a so-called unilateral intervention) or together with other central banks (in a so-called coordinated intervention).

The following tables show the details of the ECB’s historical interventions in the foreign exchange market, as well as the information for the four most recent quarters. The tables are updated with a delay of one quarter.

Data

Interventions during the four most recent quarters

Period Date Intervention type Currency pair Currency bought Gross amount
(EUR millions)
Net amount
(EUR millions)
Q1 2020 - - - - - -
Q4 2019 - - - - - -
Q3 2019 - - - - - -
Q2 2019 - - - - - -

Details of historical interventions

Period Date Intervention type Currency pair Currency bought Gross amount
(EUR millions)
Net amount
(EUR millions)
Q1 2011 18/03/2011 Coordinated EUR/JPY EUR 700 700
Q4 2000 09/11/2000 Unilateral EUR/JPY EUR 800 800
09/11/2000 Unilateral EUR/USD EUR 1,700 1,700
06/11/2000 Unilateral EUR/USD EUR 1,000 1,000
03/11/2000 Unilateral EUR/JPY EUR 680 680
03/11/2000 Unilateral EUR/USD EUR 2,890 2,890
Q3 2000 22/09/2000 Coordinated EUR/JPY EUR 1,500 1,500
22/09/2000 Coordinated EUR/USD EUR 1,640 1,640

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