Introducing a digital euro would represent a "fundamental shift" in the Eurozone's financial architecture, Governor Gabriel Makhlouf noted.
Gold prices were on track for their biggest weekly gain in more than two months on renewed signs that the U.S. Federal Reserve may not taper economic support and hike interest rates in the near term. Spot gold was steady at $1,827.28 per ounce by 0256 GMT, having hit its highest since July 15 at $1,832.40 on Thursday. It was on track for its biggest weekly gain since May 21, having risen 1.4% so far.
Oil prices fell on Friday but were on track to post solid gains for the week with demand growing faster than supply, while vaccinations dampen the impact of a resurgence in coronavirus cases worldwide. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures fell 38 cents, or 0.5%, to $73.24 a barrel, whittling down a 1.7% rise from Thursday. Both benchmark contracts were headed for gains of around 2% for the week, buoyed by indications of tight crude supplies and strong demand in the United States, the world's biggest oil consumer.