ECB Interest Rate History

In the Eurozone there are several interest rates which are set by the ECB.
The rate that most people in Ireland on tracker mortgages are interested in is called the “main refinancing rate “.

The refinancing rate is the rate at which the ECB lends money to commercial financial institutions like banks. It is this rate that determines the rate charged on “tracker mortgages” which first appeared in Ireland around 2001 – but have not been available for new customers in Ireland since 2008.


The “ECB ” rate is normally quoted as the “deposit rate” which is usually 0.5% lower than the main refinancing rate . The ECB deposit interest rate rose to 4% on September 20th 2023.


The ECB main refinancing went up to 4.5 % on Sept 20th 2023 . The rate remains at 4.5% in January 2024 – but it is expected to drop before the summer.


It hasn’t been this high since 2000 .


Here is The ECB Interest Rate History since 2003

(The rate shown is the “refinancing operations” – this rate is usually 0.5% higher than the “deposit rate” rate.)


DateInterest Rate %
2003 7 Mar2.50
2003 6 Jun 2.00
2005 6 Dec.2.25
2006 8 Mar. 2.50
2006 15 Jun. 2.75
2006 9 Aug. 3.00
2006 11 Oct. 3.25
2006 13 Dec. 3.50
2007 14 Mar. 3.75
2007 13 Jun. 4.00
2008 9 Jul. 4.25
2008 15 Oct. 3.75
2008 12 Nov. 3.25
2008 10 Dec. 2.50
2009 21 Jan. 2.00
2009 11 Mar. 1.50
2009 8 Apr 1.25
2009 13 May. 1.00
2011 15 Apr 1.25
2011 15 July 1.50
2011 9 Nov 1.25
2011 9 Dec 1.00
2012 9 July0.75
2013 8 May0.50
2013 Nov0.25
2014 Jun0.15
2014 Sept 0.05
2016 March 0.00
2022 July 0.5
2022 Sept 1.25
2022 Nov2.00
2022 Dec2.50
2023 Feb 3.00
2023 March3.50
2023 May 3.75
2023 June4.00
2023 Aug4.25
2023 Sept4.50
ECB Interest Rate History

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