“Croatia is not ready to enter the euro area. Do not wander into the fog”, Marijan Pavliečk of the Croatian Sovereignists (HS) told Finance Minister Zdravko Marić.
“Conduct structural reforms. Bring some order to public finances and then when we stand on our own feet, let the people decide in a referendum”, Pavliček added.
Miroslav Škoro (ZPH) claimed that the Croatian economy is not ready to enter the euro area.
On the other hand, the leader of the Croatian Peasant Party (HSS) Krešo Beljak undoubtedly supports the changeover to the euro.
“That is the last stop on the Euro-Atlantic integration journey and that is something we wanted back in 1990 already and something we will all benefit from regardless”, he said.
Beljak added that he hopes that in the meantime the euro exchange rate won’t go crazy when the kuna is exchanged for the euro.
Dario Zurovec (Fokus) too appealed to his colleagues to consider the benefits of the euro. “These are times of an unstable market when the price of raw materials and energy are jumping. We need a stable currency and the euro is the second-most stable currency in the world”, he underscored and recalled that the Croatians are saving in euro and that the price of real estate and cars are shown in euro.
“This is a natural course,” said Zurovec ahead of a first reading of the bill on introducing the euro as legal tender in Croatia.