European affairs minister appoints commissioner for euro adoption

Minister for European Affairs Martin Dvořák has appointed one of the country’s leading economists, Petr Zahradník, commissioner for joining the European Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM II) and adopting the euro. The commissioner's main task will be to engage in a public debate on euro adoption and explain why it is in the country’s best interests to fulfil the Maastricht criteria, as soon as possible. Minister Dvořák noted that engaging the public in such a debate and responding to public concern was an important step on the road to Czechia’s future adoption of the single currency.