epa03851781 (FILE) A file photo dated 02 March 2012 shows the building of the European Central Bank (ECB) reflected in the Euro sign logo by artist Otmar Hoerl in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The European Central Bank left rates at their historic low of 0.5 per cent 05 September 2013, despite subdued inflation and a pick up in economic growth in the eurozone. The meeting of the ECB's rate-setting council came against the backdrop of growing market expectations that the 17-member eurozone's improved economic outlook might lead to higher interest rates. As a result, ECB chief Mario Draghi was expected to use his routine press conference to restate the bank's commitment to keeping rates at their present or lower levels for an extended period, under the bank's new forward guidance policy. This comes after the ECB took the unprecedented step in July of abandoning its tradition of 'never precommitting' on interest rates.  EPA/MAURITZ ANTIN