Boardroom of the Governing council of the ECB ©Robert Metsch / ECB

Up to the end of 1998, the Deutsche Bundesbank alone was responsible for ensuring price stability in Germany. With the launch of European monetary union and the introduction of the euro at the beginning of 1999, this task was transferred to the Eurosystem. Since then, the European Central Bank (ECB) and the national central banks of the EU member states which have adopted the euro have constituted the Eurosystem.