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Bulgaria on path to adopt euro in 2023: IMF head

SOFIA: Bulgaria's plans to enter the eurozone's waiting room this spring and adopt the euro currency in 2023 are "completely foreseeable", the head of the International Monetary Fund said on Sunday (Jan 26).

The Balkan country, a European Union member since 2007, hopes to join the precursor to eurozone membership, the ERM-2 exchange rate mechanism, by the end of April and adopt the euro in 2023.

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"My expectations are that the plans for Bulgaria's eurozone entry will happen exactly as made," IMF head Kristalina Georgieva told national BNR radio.

"Of course one should not say 'hop' until one jumped, but things are looking very good," she said.

Georgieva said the European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde "sees very positively" Bulgaria's push for eurozone entry and told her at the World Economic Forum in Davos that "it seems Bulgarian would soon be spoken in my hall where eurozone meetings take place".

Georgieva, who is of Bulgarian origin, said eurozone entry will be beneficial for the country and provide more monetary security and shield it from global uncertainty.

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Bulgaria, whose lev currency is already pegged to the euro, meets the nominal criteria to adopt the single currency, with healthy public finances and low Read More – Source

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