Announcement of the basic rate of interest as of 1 January 2015: basic rate of interest reduced to -0.83%
The Deutsche Bundesbank calculates the basic rate of interest pursuant to section 247 (1) of the German Civil Code (Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch) and publishes its current level in the Federal Gazette (Bundesanzeiger) pursuant to section 247 (2) of the German Civil Code.
The basic rate of interest pursuant to 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 fixed interest rate on the most recent main refinancing operation of the European Central Bank on 30 December 2014 is 0.05%. Since 1 July 2014, the relevant date for the last change in the basic rate of interest, the fixed interest rate has fallen by 0.10 percentage point (the fixed interest rate on the last main refinancing operation in June 2014 stood at 0.15%).
Beginning on 1 January 2015, this amounts to a basic rate of interest of -0.83% pursuant to the German Civil Code (down from -0.73%).
The new basic rate of interest will be announced in the Federal Gazette of 31 December 2014.