The Eurosystem is the monetary authority of the
Eurozone, the collective of European Unionmember states that have adopted the euroas their sole official currency. The Eurosystem consists of the European Central Bank(it decides the monetary policy) and the central banks of the member states that belong to the Eurozone (their function is to apply the monetary policy decided by the ECB). [http://www.ecb.int/ecb/educational/facts/orga/html/or_002.en.html European Central Bank/Eurosystem, Organisation] ] The primary objective of the Eurosystem is price stability. ["Price stability: Year-on-year increase in the Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices for the euro area of below 2%." Source: [http://www.ecb.europa.eu/ecb/educational/facts/html/index.en.html FACTS presentation: Monetary policy] ] Secondary objectives are financial stability and financial integration. [ [http://www.ecb.int/ecb/orga/escb/html/mission_eurosys.en.html The mission of the Eurosystem] ] The mission statement of the Eurosystem says that the ECB and the national central banks jointly contribute to achieving the objectives. [ [http://www.ecb.europa.eu/ecb/educational/facts/html/index.en.html FACTS presentation: Organisation] ]
With a number of the member states outside the Eurozone, the
European System of Central Banksis the system of central banks consisting of the ECB and the central banks of all member states, inside and outside the Eurozone. The ESCB's objective is price stability throughout the European Union. Secondarily, the ESCB's goal is to improve monetary and financial cooperation between the Eurosystem and the member states outside the Eurozone.
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