European Exchange Rate Mechanism

BTA: European Central Bank, National Bank of Bulgaria Set Up Swap Line

The European Central Bank (ECB) and the National Bank of Bulgaria (BNB, the central bank) have set up a swap line to ensure liquidity of up to two billion euros, the BNB said on Wednesday. The line will be in force until the end of 2020 or until needed. The maximum maturity in respect of each withdrawn amount will be three months, BTA reported.

Economy Minister Karanikolov: Bulgaria’s Economy is Able to Withstand the Crisis

The 60/40 scheme developed by the state authorities to support employment in Bulgaria is right. We are yet to see how different sectors of the national economy will be affected by the Covid-19 crisis, this country's Minister of Economy Emil Karanikolov told the Bulgarian National Radio. 

Bulgaria - One Step Away from Getting "Green Light" for Eurozone Waiting Room

Bulgaria's Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov has confirmed that Bulgaria is continuing its plan to enter the ERM-2 exchange rate mechanism. One of the commercial banks in the country still need to comply with the European Central Bank's recommendations for additional capital buffers. In doing so, Bulgaria will meet the requirements for applying to join the European Banking Union and ERM-2.

President Radev Discussed Bulgaria's Bid to Join the Euro Area with BNB Governor

Bulgaria's President Rumen Radev met Governor of the Bulgarian National Bank (BNB) Dimitar Radev on February 13. The focus of the meeting was Bulgaria's announced intention to join the Exchange Rate Mechanism II (ERM II), which is the first mandatory step for joining the euro area, BNT reported.

ECB: The biggest issue on Romania's real economic convergence is the low per-capita income on average

The low per-capita income on average represents the biggest issue regarding Romania's real convergence in view of joining the Eurozone (EZ), however, it's not a a formal criterion for euro accession, experts with the European Central Bank (ECB) believe.

The Eurogroup Discuss the Bulgarian Candidature for Eurozone Membership

The Bulgarian candidature for eurozone membership will be discussed at a meeting of Eurogroup finance ministers. The point has entered the last minute on the agenda. It is envisaged that ministers will discuss Bulgaria's progress in relation to its desire to join the ERM II.

IMF Says Preparation for Euro Zone Beneficial for Bulgaria

Bulgaria's push to join the euro zone is having a beneficial impact on the country, the International Monetary Fund said on Friday, reports Reuters. 

In order to join the ERM-2 mechanism, the two year "waiting room" for the euro zone this summer, Bulgaria has committed to improve financial sector supervision, anti-money laundering measures and management of state-owned companies.