Czechs drop 2009 as possible euro entry date

The Czech Republic is dropping 2009 as a possible date for entry to the euro, instead pencilling in 2010 as the preferred date.

The move is intended to allow the government formed after the 2006 elections time to decide on when it will join ERM2.

Following a meeting with central bank governor Zdenek Tuma in Prague, Prime Minister Jiri Paroubek said he prefers dropping the koruna starting 1 January 2010, and will submit the plan to the government in November.

"It's impossible to submit an

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