European equities closed largely higher on Monday, as investors look ahead to Thursday's European Central Bank (ECB) meeting. Meanwhile in Italy, the shares of several banks soared on rumored changes to how shareholders vote.
The pan-European STOXX Europe 600 closed provisionally 0.1 percent higher at 1,409.11 points, with the banking sector helping lead gains.
Shares in several Italian cooperative banks shot up on Monday, after press reports suggesting the government could change rules regarding shareholder voting rights.
Meanwhile, Denmark's OMXC 20 share index hit a record high, according to Reuters, after the Danish central bank cut interest rates to -0.20 percent from -0.15 percent.