Benoît Cœuré: The single currency - an unfinished agenda

Speech by Mr Benoît Cœuré, Member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank, at the ECB Representative Office, Brussels, 3 December 2019.

The views expressed in this speech are those of the speaker and not the view of the BIS.

Central bank speech  | 
04 December 2019

It is my pleasure to welcome you here tonight to the ECB's representative office in Brussels. It is overwhelming to see so many long-standing companions and friends.

This office was established in the midst of the euro area sovereign debt crisis in 2011. Today, the Brussels office is part and parcel of the ECB.

It is our eyes and ears on all European matters, thanks to the unwavering commitment and dedication of our staff here on the ground. Their network is essential for us to get first-hand insights and intelligence from Brussels.

Maintaining a high level of cooperation and dialogue with our main European stakeholders is essential, as also exemplified by our successive efforts to further enhance the ECB's transparency and accountability to the European Parliament and to the public at large.

Not everything is in our hands though.