Croatia launches euro bid

Croatia has officially applied to join the euro.

Zagrebs finance ministry and central bank sent a letter of application — obtained by POLITICO — on Thursday to the European Commissions euro chief, Valdis Dombrovskis, and Mario Draghi, European Central Bank president.

Croatia said it expects to enter a two-year scrutiny period called the EUs Exchange Rate Mechanism, or ERM II, by the summer of next year.

ERM II will put the ECB in charge of the countrys monetary and exchange-rate policy, with the aim of keeping Croatias kuna at a consistent value in euro terms. Frankfurt and Brussels also will help the government prepare for adoption of the common currency.

Croatias letter highlighted six other pledges to complete by the summer of 2020 as part of its eurozone bid.

The country will join the banking union — putting its lenders under ECB supervision — and boost anti-money laundering safeguards, while bolstering protections for borrowers.

Others milestone include improving the “collection, production and dissemination of statistics,” strengthening governance within theRead More – Source