To protect itself from any losses that might result from bond purchases, the ECB notified members that it may ask for additional capital. Central banks of the 16-nation economies may extend help to the ECB itself by providing nearly 5.8 billion euros to the bank as capital.

The matter will be subject for discussion on December 16 during the upcoming Governing Council meeting. Austria's Central Bank Governor Ewald Norotny stated that We are clearly seeing that risks are increasing in the system for European central banks because we have to take on a whole range of extra risks, adding that So in the whole European system we'll have to get a better capital base for central banks.