Basic rate of interest at 0.12% with effect from 1 January 2010
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 fixed interest rate for the most recent main refinancing operation of the European Central Bank on 29 December 2009 was 1.00%. Since 1 July 2009, the relevant date for the last change in the basic rate of interest, the interest rate for the main refinancing operation has remained unchanged (the fixed interest rate for the last main refinancing operation in June 2009 stood also at 1.00%).
Beginning on 1 January 2010, this amounts to a basic rate of interest of 0.12% pursuant to the German Civil Code (as before).
The new basic rate of interest will be announced in the Federal Gazette of 31 December 2009 (No 198).