Trichet 'inflexibly attached' to ECB independence

European Central Bank president Jean-Claude Trichet, told reporters Thursday 8 February he is 'inflexibly attached' to implementing EU Treaty provisions that protect the central bank's independence from political meddling.

Answering questions at the ECB's news conference after it kept interest rates unchanged, Trichet noted that Article 108 of the EU Treaty prohibits the ECB and members of its decision-making body from seeking or taking instructions from governments of EU member states.

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