Slovakia appoints new central bank governor

The Slovak parliament approved a new central bank governor Friday 10 December, confirming the government's nominee, Ivan Sramko, to the post.

Following the vote, Ivan Sramko, the head of the central bank's banking supervision department, will take over from Marian Jusko whose six year term expires at the end of December.

Sramko has held the post of vice governor of the National Bank of Slovakia since 2002.

The new governor will be charged with preparing the country for entry into the euro zone,