Joining eurozone significant step: Slovak official
Joining the eurozone is of political and economic significance for
Slovakia, Finance Ministry spokesman Igor Barat told Xinhua
Slovakia, slated to join the eurozone on Jan. 1, relies on the
import of raw materials and export of manufactured goods. Joining the zone will
benefit commercial trade and the country's future economic growth, said Barat,
Slovakia's "Mr Euro."
To use the euro, the symbol of Europe, means the
country has taken a key step toward full fusion with the European Union, a move
which will have a profound impact upon Slovak politics, economy, society,
culture and popular life, he added.
Joining the eurozone will also enable
Slovakia to better cooperate with other EU countries in combating the global
financial crisis, Barat said.
Slovakia was among the 10 eastern European
countries to become EU members in 2004.