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  • #16
    NOVEMBER 9, 2017

    https://www.ft.com/content/36f4ceee-...2-6786f39ef675
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    • #17
      When will Bulgaria join the eurozone?

      Colin Stevens

      November 21, 2017



      On 8 November, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker expressed his “hearty” support for Bulgaria to become the 20th member of the eurozone, as the EU leads a drive for all member states to adopt the common currency. “I have to say bluntly that Bulgaria is ready,” said Juncker following a meeting with Boyko Borissov, Bulgaria’s prime minister, in Brussels.

      Many EU officials agree with Juncker that Bulgaria is ready to adopt the euro, especially given the fact that the national currency, the lev, has been pegged to the euro since its introduction in 1999. Borissov has said his government will apply to join the ERM-2 exchange rate mechanism, the mandatory two-year “waiting room” by the end of this year.

      Juncker’s endorsement was welcomed by Borissov, who has made joining the euro one of the main priorities of his government, a plan that dates back to the country’s accession to the European Union in 2007 and is popular with the local populace. In a 2009 referendum, the country even adopted the motif that will be displayed on the future Bulgarian coins – the Madara river.

      But at a time when the European Union is more divided than ever, Bulgaria’s accession to the common currency might be lambasted in some quarters as political posturing from the embattled European Commission and yet more proof of the Union’s overreliance on ill-devised technocratic rules to ram through policies. While Bulgaria checks off all the right economic boxes, its widespread corruption, poor foreign investment climate, and persistent poverty raise serious questions about Bulgaria’s readiness to adopt the common currency.

      The main problem is that the euro’s treaty obligations, known as the Maastricht criteria, were drawn up in the mid-1990s and rely almost solely on economic metrics. Thanks in large part to its tight fiscal policy and to the currency board arrangement that pegs the lev to the euro, Bulgaria boasts low inflation rates, a debt-to-GDP ratio less than half of the required level at 29%, and a budget surplus of an impressive 1.6%.

      Such a narrow set of criteria is not enough to gauge the readiness of a country to join the eurozone. Most importantly, it fails adequately take into account key issues like corruption, which should be central parameters in an assessment of an aspiring eurozone member state. What this means is that if Sofia wishes to be take a seat at the Euro table without being castigated by international bodies and activists, it should enact more meaningful reforms. Luckily, the government has its work cut out, as most international observers have already listed the policies Bulgaria should adopt in order to strengthen its bid for the Eurozone.

      For one thing, Bulgaria ranks worst in the bloc for high-level graft and corruption, according to Transparency International. Bulgarian prosecutors have filed only 26 high-level corruption cases since January 2015 – less than 2% of all charges that the prosecution raised during that time. The underscores the urgent need for a viable anti-corruption body, which both the ruling party and opposition proposed in legislation but is currently stuck in Parliament.

      Ten years ago, the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) was set up after Romania and Bulgaria joined the EU to help their governments reform their judicial systems, fight corruption, and tackle organized crime in Bulgaria’s case. Yet the latest CVM report showed that Bulgaria is still making only halting progress under a program that was initially intended to last for two years, with persistent delays in areas necessitating legislative reforms, such as the anti-corruption campaign. These lingering issues are among the main reasons why a number of key stakeholders, like the European Central Bank’s chief economist Peter Praet, have balked at the prospect of letting Bulgaria adopt the euro.

      According to the World Bank’s most recent Doing Business report, Bulgaria has dropped 11 places from last year to 50th, showing that the government’s discrimination against foreign investors was not appreciated internationally. Indeed, the US International Trade Commission’s latest assessment of Bulgaria also notes that while the country “generally” affords national treatment to foreign investors, there have been reports of discrimination against American investors by government officials, as well as issues with slow bureaucracy, corruption, a frequently changing legal framework, and weak judicial system that limits investors’ trust in the courts’ ability to resolve disputes.

      One example revolves around ANJ Group, whose bid to buy a chemical fertilizer was thwarted by a company owned by Delyan Peevski, a controversial businessman and media mogul. The company alleged that one of Borissov’s counselors asked for a €1 million bribe to arrange the deal in their favor.

      Collectively, these issues reveal the measures the government needs to take in order to make sure that the current two-tiered investment climate, with a different set of rules for foreign investors than for domestic ones, becomes a thing of the past. The short-term legislative pain of decoupling obscure interests from the legislative agenda would be well rewarded over the long-term. It’s a known fact that swapping the lev for the euro would lead to robust “catch up growth” rates, as well as more foreign investment. Now that’s a prize worth competing for.
      https://www.eureporter.co/frontpage/...-the-eurozone/

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      • #18
        Juncker: I want Bulgaria to join the eurozone

        NOVEMBER 8, 2017

        Mehreen Khan





        Jean-Claude Juncker has thrown his weight behind Bulgaria becoming the newest member of the eurozone, as Brussels pushes for all the countries in the EU to adopt the common currency.

        Following a meeting with Bulgaria’s prime minister on Wednesday, the president of the European Commission said he “bluntly” supported the country’s application to adopt the euro. Bulgaria’s lev has been pegged to the euro since the single currency was introduced in 1999.

        “I have to say bluntly that Bulgaria is ready [for euro membership]. And if Bulgaria is applying I support this heartily”, said Mr Juncker.

        Following the UK’s decision to leave the EU, the Commission has been on a push to encourage the seven countries outside the eurozone to adopt the single currency by offering “pre-accession” aid to governments who decide to take the road to membership. Sweden, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and the Czech Republic are currently non-euro members, while Denmark has a permanent opt-out.

        European leaders will be holding a special “euro” summit of all EU countries with the exception of the UK in December. EU officials think Bulgaria is a prime candidate to become the 20th member of the eurozone, given its existing euro peg and compliance with the “Maastricht convergence criteria” on budget deficits and government debt.

        Mr Juncker said he “admired” Bulgaria’s economic performance and healthy public finances: “Public debt has reached the level of 29 per cent which is excellent”.

        Boyko Borissov, Bulgaria’s PM, said his government was in talks with the European Central Bank to help meet the EU’s rules on central bank independence. “By the end of this year I hope this subject will be looked at” said Mr Borissov.

        Lithuania was the last country to join the eurozone in 2015. Bulgaria will hold the six-month rotating presidency of the EU from January. It is one of the EU’s poorest countries and has been highlighted by the Commission as needing to urgently tackle “high level corruption and organised crime”.
        https://www.ft.com/content/0844c872-...1-9daeb9de090c

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        • #19
          Google translated article
          EC: It will not be very difficult for Bulgaria to enter the euro area's "waiting room"

          The future of the single currency will be discussed at the summit in Brussels on 15 December

          December 04, 2017





          It will not be very difficult for Bulgaria to enter the so called "eurozone waiting room" because the Bulgarian lev is pegged to the euro, European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis told BNT. His portfolio is the euro and the social dialogue. This week he is expected to present the long-awaited eurozone reform package.

          According to him at this stage, it is impossible to talk about a specific date for Bulgaria's entry into the euro area. He explained that from the entry into the waiting room until the adoption of the common currency, it usually takes three years.

          At the beginning of November, EC President Jean-Claude Juncker said after meeting with Prime Minister Boyko Borissov that Bulgaria is ready for the eurozone and earlier in its annual State of the Union Statement, Juncker has developed its idea of ​​creating a financial instrument for joining to the single currency area.

          It is expected that the future of the euro area and its possible enlargement will be discussed at the European Council in Brussels on 15 December. This will happen during the eurozone summit on 15 December, which will be in an enlarged format and will also include countries outside the single currency. Bulgaria was counting on this meeting to get some clarity about its potential chances on the road to the single currency, but it is believed lately that it will be difficult because of the political crisis in Germany that, without a stable government, can not take such long-term commitments.

          "We have to say that the economic and fiscal indicators of Bulgaria are stable and we expect it to be around 3.8 - 3.9 per cent this year and next year in terms of economic growth, and we expect Bulgaria to have a balanced budget for next year. is stable, "the EU commissioner said.

          Dombrovskis said that our country can expect mainly technical assistance from the EC for the adoption of the common currency. Then he specified:

          "But in some cases it can also be financial support, I want to emphasize that it is not just about money or at least that money is not the first, but we want to show that the European Commission is acting proactively We said before: "If the Member States work to introduce the euro, it is good, and if they do not work - it is still good." We now want to say to those countries that are actively working to introduce the euro - you can rely on the active support of European Commission ".

          The EC is currently working on ideas for a reform of the EU's economic and monetary union to be presented on 6 December. The aim is for the euro area to become more resilient against future economic shocks.

          "We have to restart the process of convergence or cohesion within the Union." We are launching a series of initiatives, such as creating a separate euro area budget line within the European budget to provide fiscal stability, and we also foresee the creation of a pre-accession instrument to help those Member States that are seriously working to introduce the euro We will strengthen support for structural reforms in the Member States There are also initiatives to finalize the Banking Union and the Capital Alliance we will also strengthen the role of the European Stability Mechanism, which will become a European Monetary Fund, "Dombrovskis said.

          One of the ideas is to create the position of the Minister of Economy and Finance of the EU.
          http://www.mediapool.bg/ek-nyama-da-...ews272635.html

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          • #20
            Google translated article
            Kristalina Georgieva expects Bulgaria to enter the Eurozone waiting room in 2018

            07 Dec 2017



            World Bank Executive Director Kristalina Georgieva announced in BTV's morning block that she expects Bulgaria to receive an invitation to enter the so-called Eurozone waiting room in 2018.

            It argues its forecast that the economy of the countries in the common currency union is in good shape and that the currency itself enjoys the highest support so far. He reminded that entry into the waiting room is a matter of a political decision by the current members, and staying there until the euro zone is usually taken around 3 years.

            "This is important because the eurozone will be more and more integrated, our country inside is better than out," Georgieva said.

            Georgieva is in Sofia for the meeting of the leaders of the Western Balkans hosts Sofia. Bulgaria defined the Euro-integration of the Western Balkans as one of the main priorities during the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

            According to the Director of the World Bank, the meeting will end with a very good result for the countries in the region. In response to a question about what the bank is doing for him, she said that the move is now to make it easier for the European transport corridor number 8 to connect Europe with Asia. She outlined three problems - poor infrastructure in places, delayed crossing of border crossings - due to checks on two counters and narrow points and lack of electronic services. She gave an example of the fact that freight traffic is handled only one-stop between Bulgaria and Serbia and this greatly facilitates traffic. The bank has calculated that for 30 million dollars
            of a country are needed in order for queues waiting by freight carriers to be virtual rather than real.

            Borisov has a very clear vision for the meeting of the countries of the Western Balkans, we will finish the meeting with a very good result, Georgieva said.

            Her assessment of who he has known since 2009 is that he is much wiser, has learned a lot, not just how he manages inside the country, but to relate this to the future of the neighbors and the EU. Listen, remember and when the information is useful to get him into work, she's there, she added.
            http://www.dnevnik.bg/biznes/2017/12...ia_da_vleze_v/

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            • #21
              Google translated article
              EC will help Bulgaria on the euro adoption

              06.12.2017



              Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov and EU Commissioner Gunter Oettinger discussed the European budget a month ago when the Commissioner was visiting Bulgaria.
              The European Commission is ready to provide assistance to EU countries wishing to join the euro area, EU Budget Commissioner Günther Oettinger said, the European Commission said in Sofia.

              Commissioner Oettinger expressed Brussels's readiness to support Bulgaria in this direction technically, financially and with advice.
              He commented on the topic at a press conference to present new proposals on the economic governance of the euro area.

              The European Commissioner noted that, for this purpose, the European Union has a stock of EUR 140 billion, which will be made available, if necessary, to countries wishing to introduce the common currency.
              He explained that this amount will be available in the next five, seven or more years.

              Oettinger specified that the formal proposal on this issue will be made by the European Commission next year.
              EU Deputy Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovski said Brussels so expressed support, but that does not mean that a country will be "forced into the Eurozone".

              Entry into the euro area is an obligation under the accession treaties but does not include a deadline for implementation. States have the freedom to decide for themselves when the time is right, he added.

              EU Economic and Financial Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovis commented that he has seen many films and his favorite is "The Godfather". I was joking about making the countries outside the Eurozone a "proposal they can not refuse."

              I say that I did not say it in the sense of the mafia - it is just a good proposal from which states can take advantage, that is an opportunity.
              No one will be forced to join the Eurozone, Moscovici said.
              https://www.24chasa.bg/novini/article/6597825

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              • #22
                Google translated article
                Little but essential support on the Eurozone membership

                EC has re-opened the door to the currency union and offers reform assistance to Bulgaria

                Ilin Stanev

                7 Dec 2017




                Three European Commissioners - Valdis Dombrovskis, Gunter Oettinger and Pierre Moscovis, presented the European Commission's plan for euro area development

                [European Commission]


                The mechanism proposed by the European Commission this week to support the countries in the European Union who want to adopt the euro will hardly be delighted by those who were expecting serious assistance.

                Since mid-September, when EC President Jean-Claude Juncker announced that such a tool was being prepared, the European bureaucracy was warming up the tensions. Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscosini has even announced that it will be a bid he can not give up on.

                It is now clear that, at least in the short term, this aid will be more than symbolic. The new tool, in fact, is not a particularly skilful repackaging of an existing program anyway.

                However, the EC's efforts to find some way to show support, shows that countries wishing to join the eurozone will have full support for European bureaucracy. The question is whether it is sufficient.

                What does the EC offer

                EU countries wishing to adopt the euro will receive technical and financial support for reforms. To this end, the existing Structure Reform Support Service (SSPC), which already has experience with programs in Cyprus, Greece, Portugal or Ireland, will be used. The TSG makes technical missions aimed at supporting the efforts of Member States to implement reforms. In Bulgaria, the Office carried out an analysis of the prosecutor's office and education, both of which did not lead to any particular changes, which rather talked about the country's unwillingness to receive advice.

                The EC proposes an increase in the budget of the SDRP of 142 mn. EUR (2017 - 2020) to EUR 300 million over the same period. However, this is not a financing for Member States - the amount should cover the costs of the technical missions of the SSPC.

                A senior commissioner commented that the SAPARD could, for example, help with Bulgaria's preparation for membership of the EU Banking Union (which generally transfers the supervision of systemic banks to the National Regulators of the European Central Bank). However, such assistance could have been provided without creating a new instrument.

                The European Commission also proposes that the reserve that each Member State maintains as part of its allocated structural funds can be used for reforms aimed at adopting the euro. In the Bulgarian case, it is about 5% of the funds that remain blocked by the end of 2018 as a guarantee that Bulgaria is fulfilling its reform commitments. Now these tools can be released a little earlier and used for other purposes.

                Well, so?

                The problem is that EC support alone is not enough to invite Bulgaria to ERM II, the mechanism that precedes euro area membership.

                Bulgaria, for example, fulfilled the formal criteria for Schengen in 2011, but its entry was blocked by several member states. Asked if the euro would not repeat the same thing, the Vice-President of the European Commission, Valdis Dombrovskis, said for Capital: "Not all decisions are in our hands, the EC is not a member of ERM II, nor can I comment on the ECB's policy. to the member states, you should ask them. "

                In practice, the EC may influence the publication of a more positive convergence report. It is drawn up jointly by the Commission and the European Central Bank and indicates whether the candidates for euro area membership fulfill the criteria to be invited. However, the approval is from the member states and the ECB also has an opinion.

                Big Offer

                Indeed, the big offer of the European Commission (the proposal to which it can not stand) is that the future instruments that are being prepared for the euro area can also be used by the countries outside it. "To prosper, the eurozone must be open," EC Deputy President Valdis Dombrovskis said.

                If the non-euro countries decide to enter the future European Monetary Fund (which should be the successor to the European stabilization mechanism) or in the fiscal stabilization instrument and have paid the fee for it, then the step towards the euro area would then be inevitable. But this is a perspective for at least five years. It is now important for Bulgaria to convince the eurozone countries that ERM II is good for both, and for them.
                http://www.capital.com/politika_i_ik...za_evrozonata/

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                • #23
                  Google translated article
                  Analyst: Bulgaria should have already joined the Eurozone

                  Bulgaria has proved that it will be able to function well in the Eurozone, commented Jolt Darvash from Bruegel

                  08.12.2017



                  Bulgaria should have joined the Eurozone, because over the last 20 years the country has maintained a currency board, and this is the strongest form of exchange rate fixation. That's what Jolt Darvash, a senior associate in Bruegel told Bloomberg TV Bulgaria.

                  "This means that Bulgaria does not benefit from an independent fiscal policy, but at the same time, being a member of the EU, it gains from membership," the analyst said.
                  Darvash thinks Bulgaria is very important and will be much better if it joins the euro.

                  "Bulgaria has already proved that it will be able to function well in the euro area," he said, recalling the good macroeconomic indicators.
                  According to him, the reason why Bulgaria is still not a member of the eurozone is that the ECB and some eurozone countries do not want Bulgaria to join ERM 2.

                  "There must be more desire on the part of the current eurozone members to allow Bulgaria to join. If they allow her to join ERM 2, two years later Bulgaria will be able to seamlessly become part of the eurozone. "

                  In his words, if Bulgaria does not join the eurozone, "it will not be able to benefit from the credibility of the ECB".
                  "The ECB is the supervisor of the euro area banks and it is doing better with this role of the supervisors of the Bulgarian banks. In recent years Bulgaria has had serious problems in the banking sector. A stronger supervisor can prevent this, "said Jalt Darvash.

                  What changes can be expected in the euro-area reforms? What is the missing mechanism for protecting deposits in the euro-zone? What improvements need to be made to improve the euro area? See more in the video!
                  https://www.investor.bg/bloomberg-tv...zonata-251774/

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                  • #24
                    Google translated article
                    Croatia with euro by 2024

                    EU will wait for a government in Berlin before changes in the Eurozone

                    15 Dec 2017

                    Dnes.bg




                    Photo: Reuters


                    Croatia is preparing for the euro and expects to enter the eurozone between 2020 and 2024. This was announced by Prime Minister Andrei Plenkovic in Brussels.

                    European leaders debated the future of economic and monetary union, but without making decisions. As French President Emmanuel Macron explained later, one reason is that Germany - the largest economy in the EU - currently has no government.

                    "We will return to the issue in March when this stage is over," he explained.

                    German Chancellor Angela Merkel pointed out that now that the European economy is on the rise, it is a good time for change and promised Berlin after the coalition to make a response on the future of the common currency.

                    Finance ministers of Germany and France have to find out where their positions are close and where a political solution is to be sought, Macron said.

                    But the first talks in Brussels today outlined differences between countries. There is no agreement both on the criteria and mechanisms for controlling general finances and on the creation of the post of European finance minister and chair of the Eurogroup, where the finance ministers of the countries using the euro meet. The focus of the talks between the leaders was related to the elaboration of guarantees to respond to potential economic shocks, the Council said.

                    Prime Minister Boyko Borisov also signaled that Bulgaria is working on joining the Eurozone but does not commit to dates. Borisov said that Bulgaria has the consent of the European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi to conduct expert work on the preparation of the Bulgarian candidacy between the finance ministry in Sofia and his team.

                    He added that during the leadership debate in Brussels, he advocated "the most stringent criteria" for Eurozone membership so as to reduce the risks to others if a country faces problems. He pointed out that because of its stable finances and reserves, Bulgaria does not pose such a risk and can cope with it if need be.


                    Leaders also talked about the future of the European Saving Mechanism, which the European Commission proposes to turn into a European Monetary Fund. Also discussed is the completion of the banking union, which is blocked by the still unacceptable European Deposit Guarantee Scheme, which according to former German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble is not sufficiently stable and fair.

                    In addition to Finance Minister and European Monetary Fund, the European Commission proposed 10 days ago to create several financial funds, including one to support reforms in eurozone candidate countries, and two funds for countries already using the euro - a rescue, in the case of crises, and a second convergence, which will help the more lagging, catch up first. However, the European Commission did not come to support Macron's idea of ​​creating a separate eurozone budget.

                    European leaders have instructed their finance ministers to negotiate the package over the next 6 months with the expectation of taking decisions on the future of the eurozone in June.
                    https://www.dnes.bg/eu/2017/12/15/hy...-2024-g.362466

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                    • #25
                      Горанов: До юни ще кандидатстваме за "чакалнята" на еврозоната

                      11 януари 2018



                      България се очаква да кандидатства за присъединяване към Европейския валутен механизъм, известен като ERM-2, до юни тази година, като предварителна стъпка преди приемането на еврото, заяви министърът на финансите Владислав Горанов пред чуждестранни медии, цитиран от агенция Reuters.

                      "Най-вероятно ще кандидатстваме през първите шест месеца", е подчертал Горанов.

                      Според финансовия министър България не би могла да представлява какъвто и да било риск за еврозоната заради обвързаността на българския лев към еврото през последните 20 години и силните икономически показатели на страната, които отговарят на критериите за членство в еврозоната.
                      http://www.economy.bg/economy/view/3...-na-evrozonata

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                      • #26
                        Bulgaria to Push For ERM-2 Membership

                        January 11, 2018


                        Източник: pixabay

                        Bulgaria stepped up its campaign to adopt the euro on Thursday, challenging member states to let it into the single currency’s “waiting room” in the coming months -- or spell out why it cannot join.

                        Speaking to Brussels-based reporters as EU commissioners visited Sofia at the start of Bulgaria’s six-month presidency of EU ministerial councils, the finance minister said he was ready to apply to join the ERM-2 exchange rate mechanism this year even if he had no assurance that the request would be accepted.

                        Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and finance chief Vladislav Goranov said the European Union’s poorest nation had long met all formal criteria for joining the euro zone and was frustrated that fellow EU states were reluctant to let it in.

                        “We have done our homework for the euro zone,” Borissov said, noting the lev’s 20-year-old fixed rate against the euro, a non-existent budget deficit and one of the lowest public debt levels in the EU. “Any moment they invite us, we can enter it.”

                        Bulgaria has been reluctant to repeat the experience of flat rejection of its request to join the Schengen passport-free area and has been in discussions on joining the ERM-2 with the European Commission and the European Central Bank, hoping for an informal green light before lodging its formal application.

                        However, Goranov said, patience was wearing thin with a lack of clarity from states on why they object. Euro zone officials say that lead economy Germany sees the gulf between Bulgarian incomes with the EU average and concerns over graft and organised crime as reasons to keep it at arm’s length.

                        Goranov said he now expected to lodge an application by the middle of this year after a biennial EU report on performance on economic convergence, which the EU executive said it plans to publish in May.

                        “We are ready to file a formal application even if we are not convinced that the reply will be ‘yes’,” Goranov said.

                        “This is not a threat,” he said, noting pressure on the government from Bulgarian businesses to join.

                        “A ‘no’ will also show us what to do in order to get there.”

                        As an example, he cited the fact that Bulgaria’s GDP per capita is about half that of the EU average and said that if euro zone states wanted to set it a target of 70 percent of the average he could accept that.

                        There is no such formal criterion at the moment and some euro zone countries are below that level. NO RUSH TO EURO


                        Goranov stressed that Bulgaria would be in no rush to move from the ERM-2, in which it participates as an observer in some euro zone institutions, to full membership of the currency area.

                        The rules stipulate two years in the ERM-2 before adopting the euro, but Goranov said: “We are prepared to wait there until we are fully ready to go on ... As many years as we need.”

                        ERM-2 membership would bolster investor confidence and help the central bank manage its reserves, he said. Ratings agencies have already cited ERM-2 as grounds for a possible upgrade.

                        European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who was leading his EU executive’s visit to Sofia, supports Bulgaria’s case for moving toward euro membership as part of a broader strategy to bolster confidence in the project following the sovereign debt crises of the past decade. It could also ease divisions between the rich west and ex-communist east of the bloc in the wake of Britain’s decision to quit the EU next year.

                        A Commission spokesman noted that euro membership was an obligation in the long run for most EU states, saying: “Member states that want to join the euro must be able to do so.”

                        Goranov acknowledged reservations at the ECB and among richer euro zone states but added: “I don’t think that things are so bad that we need to be treated as second class.”


                        Source: Reuters
                        http://www.novinite.com/articles/186...M-2+Membership

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                        • #27
                          Юнкер: България е постигнала напредък за еврозоната, но той не е достатъчен

                          Страните, които изпълняват критериите, трябва да станат членки на еврозоната, подчерта председателят на ЕК

                          12.01.2017


                          България наистина е постигнала напредък в усилията си да приближи икономиката си до тези на страните от еврозоната, но все още й предстои работа. Това отбеляза председателят на Европейската комисия Жан-Клод Юнкер в София, цитиран от агенция Reuters.
                          По думите му страните, които изпълняват критериите, трябва да станат членки на еврозоната.

                          „Не казвам, че България автоматично ще е следващият член на еврозоната, но тя се движи в правилната посока. Държавният дълг е един от най-ниските в ЕС, бюджетният дефицит също, безработицата спада, така че ако говорим за истинска конвергенция, в България е постигнат сериозен напредък", подчерта Юнкер.

                          "Това още не е достатъчно и нашите български приятели го знаят, но когато стане дума за истинска конвергенция, има реален напредък," допълни председателят на ЕК.
                          http://www.economy.bg/economy/view/3...e-dostatychen-

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                          • #28
                            Уточняваме курса евро-лев и в чакалнята... на Еврозоната

                            Очаква се първите месеци на тази година да подадем документи

                            15 яну 2018

                            Златко Желев


                            Преди да бъдат подадени документите на България за така наречената "чакалня" за еврозоната трябва да се проведат преговори за уточняване на курса евро-лев.

                            Това обясни пред Bulgaria ON AIR председателят на бюджетната комисия Никола Александров, след като през седмицата финансовият министър Владислав Горанов обяви, че България се очаква да кандидатства за присъединяване към еврозоната през първите месеци на 2018 г.
                            https://www.dnes.bg/politika/2018/01...onata.365063,8

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                            • #29
                              Не председателство, влизането в ERM-2 ще усети българина!

                              Делян Добрев: Да не тръгваме с "голямата кошница"

                              12 яну 2018

                              Боряна Павлова



                              Депутатът от ГЕРБ Делян Добрев е на мнение, че не трябва да се тръгва с "голяма кошница" в началото на българското председателство на Европейския съюз.

                              "За мен най-важното е заявката за чакалнята на Еврозоната, което ще отрази изключително положително на икономиката на страната", заяви народният представител в студиото на "България сутрин".

                              Делян Добрев обясни, че именно това ще бъде усетено от всеки българин. Той каза също, че протестите през вчерашния ден са хубаво нещо, защото те показват, че в България цари демокрация.

                              Добрев коментира и вота на недоверие, като заяви, че е разбираемо опозицията да руши управлението.

                              "Въпреки председателството, те нямат скрупули и се опитват да се докопат до властта с всички средства", каза Делян Добрев пред Bulgaria ON AIR.

                              Депутатът от ГЕРБ коментира и предстоящите протести на бизнеса в края на месеца заради цената на тока, като сподели, че всяка фирма може да се върне на регулирания пазар на електроенергия и да плаща съответната цена.
                              https://www.dnes.bg/politika/2018/01...lgarina.364858

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                              • #30
                                Иван Костов пред Investor.bg: Сега е моментът за еврозоната!

                                Предишните години не отговаряхме на всички критерии, призна той

                                17 яну 2018

                                Бойчо Попов



                                Сега е идеалният момент за анонсиране на силното желание на България да влезе в еврозоната, заяви в интервю за финансовия сайт Investor.bg бившият премиер Иван Костов.

                                По думите му до края на годината влизането на страната ни в т. нар. "чакалня" на зоната може да бъде факт.

                                "Предишните години не отговаряхме на всички критерии, бяхме в процедури на свръхдефицит, а България не беше толкова ярко в светлината на прожекторите и нямаше как да се разчита на ефекта, който ще има сега", коментира бившият премиер.

                                Той обясни още, че влизането на страната в ERM II (т. нар. чакалня на еврозоната) е сериозен изпит за страната ни, но успешното му преминаване ще бъде индикатор за сваляне на валутния борд и приемане на еврото като официална валута.

                                Според него най-важният позитив за страната ни е възможността за повишаване на кредитния рейтинг на България.

                                "По този начин ще получим допълнителни финансови опори и всички банки ще могат да се рефинансират при определени условия", обясни още бившият министър-председател.

                                Вижте и мнението на други анкетирани от Investor.bg анализатори в целия анализ
                                https://www.dnes.bg/politika/2018/01...onata.365286,7

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