Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Fico discusses Slovakia's euro-readiness in Brussels

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico will meet with representatives of the

European Commission and European Parliament to discuss Slovakia's preparedness for entering the eurozone. The meetings are scheduled to be held in Brussels on Monday and Tuesday, December 3 and 4.

The economic committee of the European Parliament is now demanding more power to evaluate the readiness of candidate countries to adopt the euro currency. However, Brussels assured the Slovak government that only the European Commission and the Council are going to decide on its eurozone entry.

Under the draft European Treaty, the European Parliament is to receive more significant powers in euro-related issues starting in January 1, 2009. By that time, Slovakia will already be a eurozone member if it fulfils the Maastricht criteria for euro adoption.

Fico will discuss Slovakia's preparedness to meet the criteria during talks with EC President Jose Manuel Barroso and Joaquin Almunia, the EU Commissioner responsible for finance.

-SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports

The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

Press freedom is bleeding across our borders

Critical media are always the first targets of populists and press freedom enemies.

I have met dozens of people possessed by Satan, exorcist claims

An exorcist can help a believer to escape their problems but not to solve them, psychiatrist Hunčík says.

Priest and exorcist Ľuboš Václavek consecrates the office of Erika Jurinová (OĽaNO).

End of investigative show a cause for concern

Media freedom watchdogs believe the scrapping of the only investigative show on public-service television is a threat to its independence.

Jaroslav Rezník

Slovakia is 26th on the Employment Flexibility Index

Higher work surcharges will push Slovakia down.