The memorandum, signed in Brdo pri Kranju, Slovenia, regulates issues related to the necessary preparations ahead of and up to the actual minting of euro coins, including the acquisition and production of minting tools and coin test runs.
The MoU was signed by Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis, European Commissioner for Economy Paolo Gentiloni, President of the Eurogroup Paschal Donohoe and Croatian National Bank Governor Boris Vujčić.
The HNB said in a statement that based on the document Croatia could launch preparations, that is, start making a detailed scenario for transition to the euro, start arrangements for the distribution of euro coins and the withdrawal of the Croatian kuna during the changeover, and the selection of its euro coin national side designs.
It can also start technical preparations for the common side of the euro coins, begin preparing mints for euro coin production and buying and making tools necessary to make coins as well as start with coin test runs and start making euro coins.
The Memorandum enables the continuation of preparations for the production of euro coins with the national side and marks an important step in our plan to make everything ready for the introduction of the euro in 2023, HNB Governor Vujčić was quoted by the HNB as saying, noting that Croatia remained committed to achieving that goal.
The EC, too, reported about the signing of the document, citing Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis as saying that the EC continued to support Croatia in its efforts to join the euro area, from which, he said, it stands to benefit greatly.
“However, before it can adopt Europe’s single currency, Croatia must first meet all Maastricht criteria and continue to make progress on technical preparations,” he said.
Commissioner Gentiloni welcomed Croatia’s commitment to joining the euro area, stressing that it belonged there.
He said that the EC would continue supporting Croatia in its preparations and efforts to meet the convergence criteria.
Croatia is still not a member of the euro area but the kuna has been part of the exchange rate mechanism (ERM II) since 10 July 2020.
The signing of the MoU is one of the normal preparatory steps when a non-euro area Member State intends to join the euro area.
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