Italy offers digital euro expert Cipollone for ECB post


Italy offers digital euro expert Cipollone for ECB post © Reuters. The structure of the European Central Bank (ECB) is seen in the middle of a fog prior to the month-to-month press conference following the ECB’s financial policy conference in Frankfurt, Germany December 15,2022 REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

By Giselda Vagnoni

ROME (Reuters) – Piero Cipollone, Italy’s option for the European Central Bank’s executive board, has a credibility for quietly assisting Rome’s eurosceptic federal government rub in addition to EU organizations and brings abilities in economics, especially in digital cash, tempered with pragmatism, individuals who have actually dealt with him state.

Cipollone, a three-decade veteran of the Bank of Italy, was the only prospect proposed to change Fabio Panetta when elections closed on Wednesday, the head of the Eurogroup of euro zone financing ministers Paschal Donohoe stated.

Each of the euro zone’s 3 most significant economies – Germany, France and Italy – have actually generally had one agent on the six-member panel, and the Italian seat will fall uninhabited on Oct. 31 when Panetta relocates to head the Italian reserve bank.

Cipollone, 61, has actually belonged to the Panetta-led task-force studying the development of a digital euro, a job on which the ECB is anticipated to choose in October whether to press ahead.

People acquainted with him state the deputy guv of the Bank of Italy is a moderate and following in the steps of previous ECB president Mario Draghi, typically called the “saviour of the euro”, Cipollone listens to the real-world effect of policy along with financial theory.

” Piero is from the very same brood as Draghi and would give the ECB analytical and unbiased thinking, lacking ideological predispositions,” previous basic director of the Bank of Italy Salvatore Rossi informed Reuters.

Like Draghi in the late 1980 s, Cipollone invested 4 years at the World Bank where he monitored Italy, Albania, Greece, Malta, Portugal, San Marino, and Timor-Leste in between 2010 and 2014.

According to Rossi, their experiences in Washington provided both Draghi and Cipollone “a practical method that has actually deepened their understanding of the effect of financial choices on households and companies in various nations”.

Born in 1962 in Cese di Avezzano, a town in the main area of Abruzzo, Cipollone got a master’s degree in economics from Stanford University after finishing from “La Sapienza” University of Rome.

In 1993 he signed up with the prominent financial research study department of the Bank of Italy, where he stayed for 15 years prior to transferring to Washington.


Back in Italy, Cipollone was fairly unidentified up until 2018 when the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement formed a federal government with the eurosceptic League celebration, alarming financiers with the concept the Italy might leave the euro.

He came forward when then-prime minister Giuseppe Conte, an attorney without any previous political experience, asked Cipollone to encourage him on financial matters.

” From the very first time Conte spoke prior to parliament, I recognized that he was not sticking to our program,” anti-euro League senator Claudio Borghi, who took part in the preparing of the union’s political platform, informed Reuters.

” After telephone call with union partners, it came out that his speeches were evaluated by a particular Mr. Cipollone,” he stated, including that he understood it would as an outcome be hard to pursue a strongly anti-EU position.

Conte is now 5-Star’s leader. His press workplace decreased to discuss Cipollone’s time as his financial advisor.

After the unexpected collapse of Conte’s “yellow-green” federal government, Cipollone was promoted by Bank of Italy guv Ignazio Visco as one of his deputies in 2020.

Since then, he has actually specialised in digital currencies, supporting the concept that reserve banks require to get ready for a future when money runs out favour and the economic sector takes on reserve banks for the control of cash.

In an unusual public speech in Milan in 2021 Cipollone stated that to avoid depositors running away to the security of their digital euro accounts if their bank or nation encountered problem, the digital euro “ought to be specified in such a method that it is utilized primarily as a method of payment and not as a financial investment or a shop of worth”.

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