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NBS spokesman to become cabinet euro appointee

IGOR Barát, currently the spokesman of Slovakia's central bank, will become the new government appointee for the introduction of the euro currency as of February 15.

Barát will thus replace Ivan Štefanec who resigned from the post on July 4 last year, following the formation of the new government after general elections in June.

Barát’s role will be to coordinate the technical and organizational preparations for euro-zone entry. Slovakia plans to adopt the common EU currency on January 1, 2009.

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