By Edwig Ban
The Board of the National Bank of Romania (BNR) announced on Thursday that the monetary policy rate should remain at 2.50% per annum. This is the eighth consecutive time when the BNR decides to keep the interest rate at this level.
At the same time, the BNR decided to maintain the interest rate for the deposit facility at 1.50% per annum and to 3.50% per annum of the interest rate on the lending facility.
In addition, the BNR Board decided to keep the current levels of minimum reserve requirements applicable to the ROL and foreign currency liabilities of credit institutions.
This is the eighth time when the BNR decides to keep the interest rate at 2.50%.
In the meetings of May 15, April 2, February 7, January 8, November 2018, October 2018, August 2018 and July 2018, the BNR decided to maintain the monetary policy rate at 2.50% per annum.
On May 7, 2018, the BNR decided to raise the monetary policy rate from 2.25% to 2.50% per year.
The decision was made in the context of the annual inflation rate, which measures the evolution of consumer prices in the last year, declined slightly in May to 4.10% after rising to 4.11% in April, according to recently published data by the National Institute of Statistics (INS).
By Edwig Ban