Constantinos Herodotou, Governor of the Central Bank of Cyprus, talked about the ECB objective and actions to restore and stabilize inflation at 2% in the medium term and maintain financial stability, saying that any recession is expected to be mild and short.
He was speaking during a panel discussion, entitled “Macro lookout: fighting inflation, avoiding a hard landing and the recovery agenda”, at the Bloomberg Global Regulatory Forum 2022, which was held in London on December 6, a Central Bank of Cyprus press release says.
Herodotou expressed the view that, based on current data, if a recession does occur it is expected to be mild and short-lived, on account of three factors.
First, he said, and despite the war-induced energy crisis dragging down euro area economic activity, the euro area labor market remains relatively resilient.
Second, he added, in the context of supporting households and businesses against high energy bills, fiscal policy needs to be targeted, so as not to fuel inflationary pressures and so as to minimize the need for aggressive monetary policy action.
Third, he noted, whilst a small uptick in long-term inflation expectations has been observed thus far, they still remain relatively well anchored, thus retaining the credibility of monetary policy to achieve its goal in the medium term.
According to the CBC press release, the forum participants comprised representatives from international and supervisory organizations, as well as senior market executives. The participants analyzed the current economic and market challenges as well as the need for establishing a robust and resilient regulatory framework that allows the financial system to flourish.
Herodotou made similar remarks in the TV interview he gave on the same day on the Bloomberg News Agency. During his interview, he said that further interest hikes are expected to be decided at the ECB meeting next Thursday, but added that the hike depends on the most recent inflation numbers and whether there was any wage-price spiral. He also pointed out that monetary policy has a medium-term outlook since it takes 18 months for interest rate hikes to impact the real economy.