22.1.2009   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

C 16/10


AGREEMENT

of 8 December 2008

between the European Central Bank and the national central banks of the Member States outside the euro area amending the Agreement of 16 March 2006 between the European Central Bank and the national central banks of the Member States outside the euro area laying down the operating procedures for an exchange rate mechanism in stage three of economic and monetary union

(2009/C 16/02)

1.

Българска народна банка (Bulgarian National Bank)

1, Kynaz Alexander 1 Sq.

BG-Sofia-1000

Česká národní banka

Na Příkopě 28

CZ-115 03 Praha 1

Danmarks Nationalbank

Havnegade 5

DK-1093 Copenhagen K

Eesti Pank

Estonia pst. 13

EE-15095 Tallinn

Latvijas Banka

K. Valdemara iela 2a

LV-1050 Riga

Lietuvos bankas

Totoriu g. 4

LT-01121 Vilnius

Magyar Nemzeti Bank

Szabadság tér 8/9

H-1054 Budapest

Narodowy Bank Polski

ulica Świętokrzyska 11/21

PL-00-919 Warsaw

Banca Națională a României

Strada Lipscani nr. 25, sector 3

RO-030031 Bucharest

Národná banka Slovenska

Imricha Karvaša 1

SK-813 25 Bratislava

Sveriges Riksbank

Brunkebergstorg 11

S-103 37 Stockholm

Bank of England

Threadneedle Street

London EC2R 8AH

United Kingdom

and

2.

European Central Bank (ECB)

(hereinafter the ‘Parties’)

Whereas:

1.

The European Council in its Resolution of 16 June 1997 (hereinafter the ‘Resolution’) agreed to set up an exchange rate mechanism (hereinafter the ‘ERM II’) when the third stage of economic and monetary union began on 1 January 1999.

2.

Under the terms of the Resolution, ERM II is designed to help ensure that non-euro area Member States participating in ERM II orient their policies to stability, foster convergence and thereby help the non-euro area Member States in their efforts to adopt the euro.

3.

Slovakia, as a Member State with a derogation, has participated in ERM II since 2 November 2005. Národná banka Slovenska is a party to the Agreement of 16 March 2006 between the European Central Bank and the national central banks of the Member States outside the euro area laying down the operating procedures for an exchange rate mechanism in stage three of economic and monetary union (1), as amended by the Agreement of 21 December 2006 (2) and by the Agreement of 14 December 2007 (3) (hereinafter collectively referred to as the ‘ERM II Central Bank Agreement’).

4.

Pursuant to Article 1 of Council Decision 2008/608/EC of 8 July 2008 in accordance with Article 122(2) of the Treaty on the adoption by Slovakia of the single currency on 1 January 2009 (4) the derogation in favour of Slovakia referred to in Article 4 of the 2003 Act of Accession is abrogated with effect from 1 January 2009. The euro will be Slovakia's currency from 1 January 2009 and Národná banka Slovenska should no longer be party to the ERM II Central Bank Agreement from that date.

5.

The current arrangements for ERM II intervention at the margins are provided for in the ERM II Central Bank Agreement.

6.

The current arrangements for ERM II interventions require further updating and revising in order to take into account the imposition of a new criterion on counterparties eligible to conduct interventions at the margins and to refine an existing eligibility criterion.

7.

It is therefore necessary to amend the ERM II Central Bank Agreement to take account of the abrogation of the derogation in favour of Slovakia and changes to the eligibility criteria for ERM II intervention at the margins,

HAVE AGREED AS FOLLOWS:

Article 1

Amendment to the ERM II Central Bank Agreement in view of the abrogation of Slovakia's derogation

Národná banka Slovenska shall no longer be party to the ERM II Central Bank Agreement from 1 January 2009.

Article 2

Replacement of Annexes I and II to the ERM II Central Bank Agreement

2.1.   Annex I to the ERM II Central Bank Agreement is replaced by the text set out in Annex I to this Agreement.

2.2.   Annex II to the ERM II Central Bank Agreement is replaced by the text set out in Annex II to this Agreement.

Article 3

Final provisions

3.1.   This Agreement amends the ERM II Central Bank Agreement with effect from 1 January 2009.

3.2.   This Agreement shall be drawn up in English and duly signed by the Parties' duly authorised representatives. The ECB, which shall retain the original Agreement, shall send a certified copy of the original Agreement to each euro area and non-euro area national central bank. The Agreement shall be published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Done at Frankfurt am Main, on 8 December 2008.

For

Българска народна банка (Bulgarian National Bank)

For

Česká národní banka

For

Danmarks Nationalbank

For

Eesti Pank

For

Latvijas Banka

For

Lietuvos bankas

For

the Magyar Nemzeti Bank

For

Narodowy Bank Polski

For

Banca Națională a României

For

Národná banka Slovenska

For

Sveriges Riksbank

For

the Bank of England

For

the European Central Bank


(1)  OJ C 73, 25.3.2006, p. 21.

(2)  OJ C 14, 20.1.2007, p. 6.

(3)  OJ C 319, 29.12.2007, p. 7.

(4)  OJ L 195, 24.7.2008, p. 24.


ANNEX I

‘ANNEX I

QUOTATION CONVENTION FOR CURRENCIES PARTICIPATING IN ERM II AND THE PAYMENT AFTER PAYMENT PROCEDURE IN THE EVENT OF INTERVENTION AT THE MARGINS

A.   Quotation convention

For all the currencies of the non-euro area Member States participating in ERM II, the exchange rate for the bilateral central rate vis-à-vis the euro shall be quoted using the euro as the base currency. The exchange rate shall be expressed as the value of E1 using six significant digits for all currencies.

The same convention shall be applied for quoting the upper and lower intervention rates vis-à-vis the euro of the currencies of the non-euro area Member States participating in ERM II. The intervention rates shall be determined by adding or subtracting the agreed bandwidth, expressed as a percentage, to or from the bilateral central rates. The resulting rates shall be rounded to six significant digits.

B.   Payment after payment procedure

A payment after payment procedure shall be applied by both the ECB and the euro area national central banks (NCBs) in the event of intervention at the margins. The non-euro area NCBs participating in ERM II shall apply the payment after payment procedure when acting as correspondents of the euro area NCBs and the ECB in accordance with this Annex; the non-euro area NCBs participating in ERM II may, at their discretion, adopt the same payment after payment procedure when settling intervention at the margins that such NCBs have carried out on their own behalf.

(i)   General principles

The payment after payment procedure shall be applied when intervention at the margins in ERM II takes place between the euro and the currencies of the non-euro area Member States participating in ERM II.

To be eligible for intervention at the margins in ERM II, counterparties shall be required to keep an account with the NCB concerned and to maintain a SWIFT address. Counterparties shall, as an additional eligibility criterion, also be required to provide the NCB concerned in advance with their standard settlement instructions in the ERM II currencies and any further updates to these instructions. Eligible counterparties may be requested to provide the ECB or NCBs with contact details as specified by the ECB and the NCBs concerned from time to time.

Counterparties eligible for intervention at the margins in ERM II may also conduct such intervention directly with the ECB, provided that they also have the status of eligible counterparties for executing foreign exchange transactions with the ECB pursuant to Guideline ECB/2008/5 of 20 June 2008 on the management of the foreign reserve assets of the European Central Bank by the national central banks and the legal documentation for operations involving such assets (1).

The non-euro area NCBs participating in ERM II shall act as the correspondents of the euro area NCBs and the ECB.

When intervention at the margins takes place, the NCB concerned or the ECB shall release its payment for a given transaction only after receiving confirmation from its correspondent that the amount due has been credited to its account. Counterparties shall be required to pay in due time so as to enable the NCBs and the ECB to fulfil their respective payment obligations. Consequently, counterparties shall be required to pay before a predefined deadline.

(ii)   Deadline for the receipt of funds from counterparties

Counterparties shall pay intervention amounts at the latest by 1 p.m. CET on value date.’


(1)  OJ L 192, 19.7.2008, p. 63.


ANNEX II

‘ANNEX II

CEILINGS ON ACCESS TO THE VERY SHORT-TERM FINANCING FACILITY REFERRED TO IN ARTICLES 8, 10 AND 11 OF THE ERM II CENTRAL BANK AGREEMENT

with effect from 1 January 2009

(EUR million)

Central banks party to this Agreement

Ceilings (1)

Българска народна банка (Bulgarian National Bank)

520

Česká národní banka

690

Danmarks Nationalbank

700

Eesti Pank

310

Latvijas Banka

340

Lietuvos bankas

380

Magyar Nemzeti Bank

670

Narodowy Bank Polski

1 750

Banca Națională a României

1 000

Sveriges Riksbank

940

Bank of England

4 700

European Central Bank

nil


Euro area national central banks

Ceilings

Nationale Bank van België/Banque Nationale de Belgique

nil

Deutsche Bundesbank

nil

Central Bank and Financial Services Authority of Ireland

nil

Bank of Greece

nil

Banco de España

nil

Banque de France

nil

Banca d'Italia

nil

Central Bank of Cyprus

nil

Banque centrale du Luxembourg

nil

Central Bank of Malta

nil

De Nederlandsche Bank

nil

Oesterreichische Nationalbank

nil

Banco de Portugal

nil

Banka Slovenije

nil

Národná banka Slovenska

nil

Suomen Pankki

nil’


(1)  The amounts indicated are notional for central banks which do not participate in ERM II.