Croatia to adopt euro
Croatia is set to become the 20th member of the eurozone.
The Croatian parliament passed legislation for the country's adoption of the euro on January 1, 2023. Parliament voted 117-13 to replace the kuna with the European single currency.
Prices in Croatia will be shown in both currencies beginning in September of this year and will be used in parallel throughout next year, according to the legislation.
According to the administration, adopting the euro will eliminate currency risk, lower interest rates, strengthen Croatia's credit rating, and open the door for greater investment.
Controlling inflation and government expenditure has been a key problem for Croatia, which joined the European Union in 2013, in order to achieve the macroeconomic criteria for eurozone membership.
Croatia's economy remains one of the EU's weakest, owing in part to the lingering effects of the 1990s war.
The country's economy is primarily reliant on tourist earnings, which attracts millions of European and other international visitors each year.