Under the Chairmanship of Mario Draghi and with the explicit support by the board member in charge market operation, Monsieur Benoit Coeuré, ECB has again offered the whole banking sector huge amounts of liquidity at money market conditions for a period of 3 years. This discretionary monetary generosity goes hand in hand with the softening of requirements for collaterals provided by banks to the Eurosystem. Additionally certain national central banks authorize themselves to hand out further credit enhancements in exchange for collaterals of less quality as in the remaining Euro-System.
Thus ECB is setting incentives for banks particularly in ailing member states of the Eurozone to origninate securities for the only sake of being funded by the Euroystems at highly privileged conditions.
What looks at first glance as a measure of stabilsation is not only contrary to Articles 123-124 of the Treaty organising the Functionning of the European Union but incenses the whole banking sector to invest in trading sovereign debt instead of providing credit for industry and commerce.
I have asked Professor Kerber from Berlin University for legal advice on how to bring ECB back to its unique role of conducting monetary policy instead of distorting competition between banks and abandoning the single list requirements for collaterals in exchange of credit lines from ECB.