ECB press conference with questions and answers

The ECB kept interest rates on hold on Thursday 3 February; Jean-Claude Trichet said that economic conditions are likely to improve.

In his introductory statement to the ECB's press conference Jean-Claude Trichet, President of the ECB, said "Looking ahead, the conditions remain in place for economic growth to pick up and become more self-sustained in the course of the year."

"Global growth remains solid, providing a favourable environment for euro area exports," he said, together with an impro