FRANKFURT, Sept 4 The European Central Bank did
not take unanimous decisions on the new policy measures it
announced on Thursday, ECB President Mario Draghi said.
The ECB unexpectedly cut interest rates to a fresh record
low, bringing borrowing costs to what Draghi called the "lower
bound" of close to zero to lift inflation and support the
economy. That decision was not unanimous, he said.
The ECB will also start buying securitised loans and covered
bonds next month, Draghi told his monthly news conference
There was a "comfortable majority" in favour of introducing
the debt purchase programmes, he said.
The bank's governing council also discussed quantitative
easing in the form of an outright asset purchase programme.
"QE was discussed. Some of our Governing Council members
were in favour of doing more than I've just presented, and some
were in favour of doing less. So our proposal strikes the
mid-road," Draghi said.
(Writing by John Stonestreet; Editing by Catherine Evans)