ECB's Draghi pledges further action if necessary

FRANKFURT Thu Jun 5, 2014 3:35pm EDT

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said on Thursday the bank would not hesitate to take further action to support the euro zone economy, which is sluggish and suffering from very low inflation.

"If required, we will act swiftly with further monetary policy easing. The Governing Council is unanimous in its commitment to using also unconventional instruments within its mandate should it become necessary to further address risks of too prolonged a period of low inflation," Draghi told a news conference.

He added that "for all practical purposes" interest rates had reached the bottom.

The ECB earlier cut its main interest rate to 0.15 percent and imposed negative interest rates on banks' overnight deposit.

Draghi said it has come to its decision after studying its staff's latest economic forecasts.

(Writing by Eva Taylor Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)

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