Plenković expects Croatia to join Eurozone in 2023

Plenković expects Croatia to join Eurozone in 2023

Croatia expects to join the Eurozone in early 2023 and plans to meet all the requirements by then, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said in Brussels on Friday.

He is attending a two-day EU summit, which today will include a Eurozone summit.

“That’s an opportunity for me to state once again our willingness to meet all the criteria and, after entering the Exchange Rate Mechanism last year, to meet the action plan and create the prerequisites for Croatia to become a member of the Eurozone during 2023, hopefully at the beginning,” Plenković told reporters.

At the Eurozone summit, he said, he will present the timetable Croatia expects regarding accession “given all the achievements in implementing the euro introduction strategy since 2018.”

Member states’ leaders began the second day of the EU summit by discussing economic recovery from the effects of the pandemic.

Plenković said he expected the Commission to approve Croatia’s recovery and resilience plan in July, after which Commission President Ursula von der Leyen would come to Zagreb to personally give the Commission’s the green light for the 6.3 billion worth grant plan.

One topic on Thursday, the first day of the Summit, was a situation with coronavirus and Plenković said that Every EU member state should make its own decisions on measures for curbing the pandemic based on its own assessments.

“So far we have been in favour of a situation where every state and every public health system is able to make decisions based on its own assessments. We have been functioning that way all this time,” Plenković said.

He added that freedom of movement was a fundamental value of the EU and that it had to be re-established.

“Freedom of movement enables a normal life, normal circulation of people, capital, trade, and ultimately tourism. Tourism is very important to us, we expect this tourist season under the slogan ‘Safe Stay in Croatia’ to be more successful and better,” Plenković said.