Poland fulfils two convergence criteria required for euro-zone in June

By bne IntelliNews August 13, 2013

Poland continued to fulfil two convergence criteria required of bidders for the euro-zone in June, the ministry of finance said in its monthly Nominal Convergence Monitor.

The first of these criteria was the price stability criterion: Poland's average 12-month HICP inflation was 2.1% (down by 0.3pps m/m) vs. the reference value of 2.5%.

The other one was the long-term interest rates criterion: the average interest rate for the last 12 months in Poland was 4.2% (down by 0.1pp m/m), i.e. it again reached the historically lowest level. At the same time, it was by 1.0pps lower than the reference value, the ministry said.

The fiscal criteria remain unfulfilled as Poland is still under the excessive deficit procedure. It does not fulfil the FX criterion as it has not entered exchange rate mechanism ERM2 yet.

In late May, the European Commission allowed Poland to prolong the period of ending its excessive deficit procedure by two years, i.e. by the end of 2014.

According to recent official statements, the Polish government will now focus on fulfilling the so-called Maastricht criteria, while the decision on the date of the euro adoption should be made only after the 2015 parliamentary and presidential elections. When Poland joined the European Union in 2004, it obliged itself to take on the euro, but with no time restraints.

Related Articles

Protests against judiciary reform continue to rock Poland

Polish protests against the government's judiciary reforms continued for a sixth day on July 23, as crowds sought to add to pressure on President Andrzej Duda to veto the controversial bills that ... more

Czech judiciary denounces Poland's move to end separation of powers

Senior Czech judges on July 21 denounced Poland's judicial overhaul as an attack on the rule of law. With big street protests in the Czech Republic's neighbour seemingly gathering momentum – 120 ... more

Strongly profitable Czech petrochemical maker Unipetrol puts cracker explosion behind it

Unipetrol looks to have finally got over the August 2015 fire and explosion that wrecked its steam cracker, an indispensable installation in the production of ethylene feedstock needed to manufacture ... more

Dismiss