Announcement of the basic rate of interest as of 1 January 2011: basic rate of interest unchanged at 0.12%
The Deutsche Bundesbank calculates the basic rate of interest pursuant to section 247 (1) of the German Civil Code (Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch) and publishes its effective level in the Federal Gazette (Bundesanzeiger) pursuant to section 247 (2) of the German Civil Code.
The basic rate of interest as laid down by the German Civil Code serves primarily as a basis for calculating default interest (section 288 (1) sentence 2 of the German Civil Code). It changes on 1 January and 1 July each year by the percentage points by which the reference rate has risen or fallen since the last change in the basic rate of interest. The reference rate is the interest rate for the most recent main refinancing operation of the European Central Bank prior to the first calendar day of the six-month period concerned.
The marginal interest rate for the most recent main refinancing operation of the European Central Bank on 28 December 2010 was 1.00%. Since 29 June 2010, the relevant date for the last change in the basic rate of interest, the marginal interest rate has remained unchanged (the marginal interest rate for the last main refinancing operation in June 2010 also stood at 1.00%).
Beginning on 1 January 2011, this amounts to an (unchanged) basic rate of interest of 0.12% pursuant to the German Civil Code.
The new basic rate of interest will be announced in the Federal Gazette of 30 December 2010 (No 199).