Trichet says ECB unanimous that rates appropriate

European Central Bank president Jean-Claude Trichet said the ECB governing council was 'unanimous' at its meeting Thursday that interest rates remain appropriate.

'We think that the present rates are appropriate, fully in line with what would be the best for being faithful to our mandate and fostering growth and job creation in Europe,' Trichet told the ECB's monthly news conference.

He did not rule out the possibility of a cut in interest rates, as he did a month ago. But signalled that the E