Top EU official says Croatia ready to adopt the euro in 2023

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen arrives for the second day’s session of an extraordinary meeting of EU leaders to discuss Ukraine, energy and food security at the Europa building in Brussels, Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

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BRUSSELS — The European Union’s chief executive said Wednesday that Croatia is ready to join the group of countries using the euro, the common currency of the EU, at the start of next year.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a tweet that the EU executive branch she heads believes “Croatia is ready to adopt the euro on 1 January 2023.”

The move would bring the number of countries using the euro to 20. But the commission’s recommendation must first be approved by member countries, likely in the first half of July.

Joining the single currency, “will make Croatia’s economy stronger, bringing benefits to its citizens, businesses and society at large. Croatia’s adoption of the euro will also make the euro stronger,” von der Leyen said.

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