European Central Bank President Mario Draghi called on euro zone governments to implement structural reforms on Thursday, warning that the economy should stabilize later in 2013 but that downside risks to growth remained.
The bank left its main refinancing rate unchanged at a record low of 0.75 percent on Thursday, as expected.
"Our monetary policy stance will remain accommodative," Draghi told reporters at a press conference shortly after the decision. "The continued implementations of structural reforms should work their way through the economy," he said.
"The Governing Council continues to see downside risks surrounding the economic outlook for the euro area," he said. He added that a gradual (economic) recovery should commence in the second part of 2013
The euro hit a new session high above 1.3050 against the dollar as Draghi spoke.
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