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European Central Bank Institutional Aspects

European Central Bank Institutional Aspects

By René Smits


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The impending establishment of the European Central Bank (ECB) brings a dramatic transition: the introduction of a single European Community (EC) currency.

The European Central Bank describes and analyses, from the perspective of the General Counsel of the Dutch Central Bank, the objectives and tasks entrusted to the ECB and the instruments with which the ECB has been endowed in order to carry out its responsibilities.

In the context of this discussion of the institutional features of the ECB, the author:

  • describes the structure of the European System of Central Banks (ESCB), of which the ECB is the nucleus;
  • emphasises how the future European monetary authority is firmly rooted in the legal framework of European Community law;
  • focuses on the institutional arrangements set out in the Treaty establishing the European Community (EC Treaty) and their effect on ECB practical functions;
  • analyses the consequences of a monetary split between members of the monetary union and States remaining outside; and
  • proposes solutions to the difficulties which such a division may entail for the functioning of the European Community.

    The structuring of EC monetary authority as a part of a community based on respect for the law forms a constant theme throughout The European Central Bank.

    This work's critical, in-depth analysis; its thought provoking conclusions and summaries of problematic issues; and its clear, grounded structure all make it a particularly useful, scholarly examination of an important development in European and international law.

  • Last Updated 03/01/1997
    Update Frequency As Needed
    Product Line Kluwer Law International
    ISBN 9789041106865
    SKU 10057740-0001
    Table of Contents
    1. Introduction
    2. EMU Provisions: A General Introduction
    3. Objectives and Tasks, to be Pursued in Independence
    4. Monetary Policy, Payments Oversight and Their Instruments
    5. Banking Supervision and Its Instruments
    6. External Policies of EMU
    7. Exchange Rate Arrangement Within the Community
    8. Conclusions