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November 2, 2015 4:48 pm

Who was on Draghi’s meetings calendar?

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ECB president Mario Draghi©Reuters

ECB president Mario Draghi

The links between European Central Bank officials and the private sector have come under increasing scrutiny after a meeting involving Benoît Cœuré, one of the central bank’s board members, in May.

Mr Cœuré said at a private evening event that policymakers planned to accelerate their purchases of mostly government bonds in May and June. The remarks were not published on the ECB’s website until more than 12 hours later, after which the euro dropped sharply against the dollar. The ECB attributed the delay to an “internal procedural error”.

After a freedom of information request the Financial Times has obtained the meeting calendars of the six people who sit on the ECB’s executive board, the top management board. All six also sit on the policymaking Governing Council.

The calendar details of the six executive board members, obtained by the FT from the ECB, cover the period from August 2014 to the end of July 2015. They show that some of the ECB’s top officials had met private sector groups either during or shortly before key policy meetings.

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Mario Draghi, ECB president

Vítor Constâncio, ECB vice-president

Benoît Cœuré

Sabine Lautenschläger

Yves Mersch

Peter Praet

The database does not include certain information deemed to be protected by law. In particular:

1) Personal data of the external participants in the meeting.

2) Meetings or appointments linked to the ECB’s supervisory and prudential tasks.

3) Confidential meetings between the ECB and European, national and international authorities regarding the financial, monetary or economic policy of the union or a member state.

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