Romania Plans to Adopt the Euro in 2022Southeast Europe | August 29, 2017, Tuesday // 09:49| views
Romania is aiming to adopt the European single currency in 2022, the country’s government has said, The Independent writes.
The country’s Foreign Minister said Romania’s economy had already met the requirements to join the currency, but it was waiting five years to protect the incomes of pensioners.
Romania would be the first country to join the euro since Lithuania adopted the currency in 2015. Nineteen of the EU’s 28 members currently use the currency, though Montenegro, which is not currently a member state, has also unilaterally adopted it.
“Already today we meet all the formal requirements, we could join the currency union even tomorrow,” Teodor Melescanu told the Polish publication Rzeczpospolita.
“But we’re afraid that it will have a negative effect on the poorest, pensioners’ incomes.”
He added: “I think that we will adopt the euro in five years, in 2022.”
Mr Melescanu’s comments come after a run of good economic data from the eurozone, suggesting that the currency area is completing its recovery from the crisis that has dogged it since 2008.
The European Commission and European Central Bank’s latest assessment of the Romanian economy, published in June 2016, however, said that the country did not meet the criteria for joining the euro.
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