ECB chief defends central bank independence

Speaking at the press conference following a meeting of the ECB's governing council, ECB president Jean-Claude Trichet said that it was up to all European Union states to ensure independence of their central banks.

Asked about the Skrzypek appointment, Trichet told reporters: "I will only say our position is very clear about the necessity of the independence of central banks."

While Poland was among the 10 mainly Central European nations that joined the EU in May 2004, it is not a member of the

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