EU accepts Croatia as 20th euro zone member
European Union finance ministers on Tuesday formally approved Croatia becoming the 20th member of the euro common currency at the start of 2023, a move hailed as the culmination of an “amazing journey” for a Balkan nation once at war. European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis said Croatia’s accession confirmed that the euro remained an “attractive, resilient and successful global currency” and a symbol of strength and unity. “This is particularly important at such a challenging time when Russia’s aggression against Ukraine continues to send shock waves around the world,” Dombrovskis told a ceremony to mark Croatia’s accession, the euro zone’s first expansion since 2015.
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