Slovakian PM Robert Fico says his country’s experience shows that the introduction of the euro currency is good for the country. The two heads of government had official talks in Bucharest.
Romania keeps the adoption of the euro as a fundamental objective and it will happen when the country is ready from all points of view, so that it does not face the difficulties other states now in the euro zone are facing, said Prime Minister Victor Ponta during a press conference held together with his counterpart from Slovakia, Robert Fico, yesterday Mediafax reports. Ponta added that the problem was not the euro, but whether in Europe there is political will for continuing with the European project or not. The Slovakian PM, in turn, said the accession to the euro zone had been a positive experience for his country. ‘It is not the euro project that has a problem. The problem is with some of the countries in the euro zone that have not fulfilled specific criteria. Our experience (Slovakia’s – a/n) shows that the introduction of the euro is beneficial for the country. Of course you will say you need to have mechanisms in place which are difficult to accomplish, but we continue to believe in the euro project. Regarding my personal experience, I would like to say I support all states that wish to join the euro zone to do it,’ said the prime minister of Slovakia. Ponta and his guest also pleaded for keeping the current financing for structural and cohesion policies, with the argument that ‘we cannot have a smaller budget but more Europe at the same time, we cannot have a larger difference between countries in the East and countries in the West’. The two officials also talked about bilateral matters of economic interest, agreeing that, at the beginning of the following year, the Romanian-Slovakian intergovernmental committee should sit in order to identify joint economic projects. Not least, the Slovakian Prime Minister, Robert Fico, recalled two events thanks to which Slovakia regarded Romania as a friendly country – the liberation of Slovakia during WWII and the refusal to join the Soviet occupation troops in 1968. Slovakia’s PM Robert Fico had to cancel his official talks with President Traian Basescu on Tuesday evening because of protests taking place back in the country.