At its meeting today, the National Bank of Serbia (NBS) Executive Board voted to keep the key policy rate unchanged at 1%.

It was also decided to continue tightening monetary conditions, using the flexibility of the monetary policy framework, by raising the weighted average repo rate in reverse repo auctions, as well as the percentage of excess dinar liquidity withdrawn in those auctions, the NBS announced.

It is said that the NBS retains its real GDP growth projection in the range of 4–5% for this year and in the medium term, despite the fact that in the near term downside risks are more pronounced due to the Ukraine crisis, primarily on account of the possibly slower growth of our key trade partners, though the magnitude of the effects will depend the most on how long the crisis lasts.