The European Central Bank Governing Council has voted to keep the benchmark interest rate unchanged at 1.5% on October 6, where the Bank aims to stimulate the pace of growth and revive recovery after the rising jitters from the debt crisis in Europe hurt the economy, while the Bank also maintained the marginal lending facility at 2.25% and the deposit facility at 0.75% as widely expected. The ECB moved twice on rates this year raising rates by 25 bp in April and in July.