EU's Almunia says Slovenia meets euro criteria

EU economic and monetary affairs commissioner Joaquin Almunia has said Slovenia stands alone as the only euro entry candidate that currently qualifies for membership of the single currency.

Almunia said the European Commission and the European Central Bank will in October assess the state of preparedness of the EU's 10 new member states plus Sweden for euro entry.

'If the assessment were to be produced today, the only country that would fulfil all the criteria is Slovenia,' he said.

In a report

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