ZAGREB, 14 Sept (Hina) – Croatian National Bank (HNB) Governor Boris Vujčić said on Monday after meeting with European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis that a test production of euro coins with Croatian national motifs should begin by the end of this year, with possibly about two million coins being minted.
After the meeting with Dombrovskis and his delegation, Vujčić said that they had discussed the process of Croatia’s preparations to enter the euro area, what has been done so far and the need to meet the Maastricht criteria as well ad technical preparations to start minting euro coins with Croatian national motifs.
Vujčić recalled that a Memorandum of Understanding was signed on Friday enabling HNB to start preparations to mint euro coins and that a public call for the design of the coins would be finalised this month.
Preparations are also underway for the changeover from kuna coins and notes to the euro currency, “which will be a significant logistic operation” for HNB, said Vujčić, adding that it will be necessary to change over 1.1 billion kuna coins.
He added that the drafting of a bill on the euro is well underway and that it should be enacted at the start of next year.
He announced that prices will be expressed in both kuna and euro values for a defined period, starting as soon as Croatia gets the green light for introducing the euro as the official currency.
Vujčić underscored the great understanding and support from Dombrovskis and the Commission as well as the euro group and European Central Bank.
“We are convinced that during this preparatory period we will continue to cooperate in the same manner,” concluded Vujčić.
Dombrovskis: Great job done towards joining euro area
Dombrovskis, the Commission’s Executive Vice President for an Economy that Works for People, is on a working visit to Croatia and today he participated in a meeting of the National Council for the introduction of the euro currency as well as speaking at a conference on Croatia’s path to the euro organised by the Lider business weekly and the EC Representation to Croatia.
“Hrvatska je zacrtala ambiciozni cilj ulaska u eurozonu, 1. siječnja 2023., EK je podupire i nadamo se da ćemo uskoro primiti Hrvatsku u europodručje”, ustvrdio je Valdis Dombrovskis nakon sastanka s guvernerom HNB-a. Više na: https://t.co/veYGmcstY1 @VDombrovskis @EU_Commission pic.twitter.com/fq7OZknHHu— Hrvatska narodna banka (@HNB_HR) September 13, 2021
“I commend Croatia’s authorities on strong will to adopt the euro on January 1, 2023,” Dombrovskis tweeted today.
The Commission is willing to support Croatia’s authorities in their efforts to access the euro area, he said, underscoring that “it is important that Croatia meets all Maastricht criteria.”
All the preparations are coming along very well and I hope that our good cooperation will continue and that Croatia will soon be welcomed to the euro area, said Dombrovskis.
The Croatian checkers will be the base on all coins, whilst on the 2 euro coin the map of Croatia will feature. On the 1 euro coin will be the kuna, whilst Telsa will be on the 50, 20 and 10 cent coin. Glagolitic script will feature as the motif on the 5, 2, and 1 cent coin.