The deposit rate, now the bank's primary interest rate tool, will remain at -0.4% while the main refinancing rate will be unchanged at 0%.
Draghi dismissed the slow-down as of little outcome to the broader themes of regional growth and convergence with more normal levels of inflation in the medium-term - at or just below the ECB's target of 2.0%.
The eurozone economy turned in a robust 2017 performance, with annual growth hitting 2.5 percent, the best in a decade.
- Global economic activity indicators over the past few weeks have continued to point overall to more synchronised global growth and we continue to see the prospect of central banks moving away from incredibly loose monetary policy stances.
He also stated that risks related to global factors, including the threat of increased protectionism, have become more prominent.
The ECB was approaching the coming month with "prudence, patience and persistence", said Draghi, with the bank also indicating that it was in no rush to begin increasing borrowing costs.
The governing council has confirmed that the net asset purchases, at the current monthly pace of €30 billion, will continue until the end of September 2018, or beyond, if necessary, and in any case until the need for a sustained adjustment consistent with its inflation aim is felt. It retained the -0.5% repo rate and pushed out its assessment of when this may rise towards the end of the year. While the greenback's strength is primarily due to higher U.S. bond yields in the past weeks, further good news via growth hard data would push the USA dollar even higher, at the expense of a weak euro.
They said a decision on future moves would likely be communicated in June or July, with September only an outside possibility as it was too close to the tentative end date of asset buys.
Sweden's central bank meanwhile remained dovish at a policy meeting, pushing the crown to the lowest versus the euro since late-2009.
World markets remained edgy on Thursday, with shares eking out gains amid concern over the global economic outlook and with USA bond yields at four-year highs after breaking above the psychologically significant 3% line this week.
A stronger euro would cap inflation, a headache for the European Central Bank.
Euro zone inflation is so weak that even after the creation of 9 million jobs since early 2013, measures of underlying price growth that strip out energy and food are barely rising.
This suggests that the euro zone's economic downturn was more severe than earlier thought and makes the recovery even more protracted.
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