Interview with National Bank of Slovakia's Sramko

In an interview with Deutsche Presse-Agentur, published Wednesday 8 November, National Bank of Slovakia governor Ivan Sramko said Slovakia needs to step up efforts if it is to meet its tight deadline for joining the euro in January 2009.

The Slovakian central bank governor said that to a considerable extent the selection process is influenced by external factors and is not in the hands of those nations applying to join the euro.

"This is further proof that the Maastricht criteria have not been

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