ECB’s Draghi Wins Legal Endorsement

Mario Draghi won a legal endorsement for the bond-buying plan he designed to save the euro, potentially easing resistance to a similar program that could be announced as soon as this month.

The Outright Monetary Transactions program that the European Central Bank president pushed through in 2012 won the conditional backing of Advocate General Pedro Cruz Villalon of the EU Court of Justice in Luxembourg, who said the measures are “in principle” in line with the bloc’s law.

“The ECB must have a broad discretion when framing and implementing the EU’s monetary policy, and the courts must exercise a considerable degree of caution when reviewing the ECB’s activity,” Cruz Villalon said in a non-binding opinion today. Such advice is followed by the court in a majority of cases.


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