FinMin Djankov: Bulgaria still aspires to join Eurozone
Bulgaria can join the Eurozone in 2 to 3 years, but no one can give an exact date, according to the country's Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Simeon Djankov. The news was reported Sunday by the Bulgarian news agency BGNES, citing a statement of the Minister before Reuters on the occasion of the annual meeting of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, EBRD. Djankov notes that out of the 27 EU Member States only 4 have fulfilled the Maastricht Treaty criteria, one of them being Bulgaria, which is not in the Eurozone. The other 3, according to him, are Estonia, Finland and Sweden. The Minister further states that the EUR will survive the crisis and Bulgaria still wants to join the Eurozone. "The exact date of such joining is not at all subject to discussion, because the EU and its institutions are changing over the crisis, and there might be additional rules and instructions," he concludes.