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NEW YORK: The European Central Bank is committed to keeping monetary policy loose until inflation returns to its target, ECB policymaker Francois Villeroy de Galhau said on Monday.

Villeroy, who is also governor of the Bank of France, said that eurozone inflation was expected to ease over the course of this year before it begins to gradually recover.

“We are clearly determined to maintain an ample degree of monetary accommodation for as long as necessary to reach our target of inflation below but close to 2 per cent,” Villeroy told a conference sponsored by the Paris Europlace New York.

The Eurostat European statistics agency estimated eurozone inflation eased in March to 1.4pc, while core inflation, which excludes volatile items like energy, slipped to 0.8pc.

Published in Dawn, April 16th, 2019