(Corrects headline and first two paragraphs to indicate Draghi
said "also" not "all" in reference to unconventional methods)
FRANKFURT, April 3 The European Central Bank is
committed to using unconventional measures it has available to
ensure low inflation does not take hold for too long in the euro
zone, ECB President Mario Draghi said on Thursday.
"The (ECB's) Governing Council is unanimous in its
commitment to using also unconventional instruments within its
mandate in order to cope effectively with risks of a too
prolonged period of low inflation," he told a news conference
after the central bank kept its interest rates unchanged.
Euro zone annual inflation ticked down to 0.5 percent in
March, its lowest since the economy was deep in recession in
2009, and its sixth month in what Draghi has described as "the
danger zone" below 1 percent.
Draghi said inflation was expected to remain low before
rising to close to 2 percent at the end of next year.
(Reporting by Jonathan Gould Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)