Currency call: MPs support the law introducing the euro in Croatia from 2023

Croatian parliamentarians on Friday approved a law that paves the way for the introduction of the euro next year.

On January 1, 2023, the country will replace the Croatian kuna with the euro.

MPs voted 117-13 in favor of legislation to introduce the euro. A legislator abstained in the 151-member parliament.

Croatia, which joined the European Union in 2013, remains among the weakest economies in the bloc after the 1992-95 war.

Right-wing parties in the Croatian parliament opposed the introduction of the euro, saying it would increase poverty and put pressure on citizens.

Both currencies will be used in parallel in the months following the formal start of application of the euro.

The Croatian economy depends on the income from tourism during the summer months. The country attracts hundreds of thousands of European and international tourists every season.