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Slovakia on track to adopt euro in 2009

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Slovakia on track to adopt euro in 2009

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Monday, March 14, 2005

Slovakia, a Central European country of 5.4 million, is set to adopt the common European currency in 2009

Slovakia is on track to meet its target of adopting the euro currency in 2009, claims Joaquín Almunia, the European Union’s Monetary Affairs Commissioner.

The main monetary figures and the fiscal situation “are going in a good direction,” Almunia said. “If things continue as they are today, I’m sure the Slovak authorities will meet the target of being a member of the eurozone in 2009.”

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Slovakia joined the European Union last year along with other Central European, Baltic, and Mediterranean states. The growth rate of its GDP has been one of the highest in the European Union, recording 5.5% growth in 2004. Almunia said that authorities should use this growth to curb the country’s relatively high budget deficit, a necessary prerequisite for joining the euro zone.

Before a country adopts the euro currency, it must dwell in the European Exchange Rate Mechanism II for two years, where its exchange rate relative to the euro, as well as its budget deficit and inflation, are closely monitored. For Slovakia to adopt the euro in 2009, it must join ERM II in 2007. Three new members, Slovenia, Estonia, and Lithuania, have already joined ERM II and are on track to adopt the euro in 2006–2007.


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Romania to cancel trains on major line due to road works

Romania to cancel trains on major line due to road works

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Monday, March 14, 2005 Romania’s passenger train operator, CFR Pasageri, announced today that several train services will be cancelled between March 17 and 20 on the main Bucharest-Braşov line. The cancellation is due to construction on the access road over the railway line.

CFR said that any trains running between Bucharest and Braşov, including those that proceed towards western Transylvanian cities such as Cluj-Napoca and Oradea, are to be cancelled, either for the whole route or parts thereof. The cancellation will only affect InterCity, Rapid and Accelerat trains.

The InterCity services between Târgu Mureş and Braşov, as well as the Rapid services between Galaţi and Braşov are also affected by the roadwork, as are international trains from Budapest, Prague and Vienna, which go to Bucharest via Braşov.

For passengers who wish to make alternative travel arrangements, there are frequent private coach services between Bucharest, Braşov and beyond.

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Dutch member of Parliament proposes to abolish the Cabinet

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Dutch member of Parliament proposes to abolish the Cabinet

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Monday, March 14, 2005

The Dutch member of parliament Geert Wilders has finished his statement of principles, which sets out his political plans for the future. The 20-page statement is referred to as ‘Onafhankelijkheidsverklaring’ (Declaration of Independence) by Wilders. It is a continuation of a ten-point plan written by Wilders and former colleague, Gert-Jan Oplaat, and proposed to Wilders’ former party, the VVD.

The ten-point plan caused disagreement between Wilders and the VVD, including a difference of opinion on whether to allow Turkey to enter the EU. Wilders left the VVD on September 3rd last year. He started a political party of his own, known as Groep Wilders (Group Wilders). Though he did not have enough votes during the last election, he refused to relinquish his seat in parliament to the VVD.

In his statement, Wilders proposed among others to abolish certain ministries. Wilders also proposed outlawing the further creation of Islamic schools and closing mosques that proclaim extremist views. Furthermore, he proposed that the number of provinces be reduced from 12 to 4, the five islands of the Antilles be expelled from the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the number of civil servants be cut by 50%.

Because of his marked views, public opinion of Wilders and his statement is strongly divided. As a result of his criticism of Islamic extremism, Wilders (along with Ayaan Hirsi Ali) received several death threats, which are taken very seriously after the murder on Theo van Gogh by an Islamic extremist last year and the assassination of political icon Pim Fortuyn in 2002. He is being held in a secure location, where he organises dinners for €2000 to raise money for his campaign.

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