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How Far Along is Euro Adoption in the Czech Republic? Benefits for Businesses Still Remain

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Author(s): Mojmír Helísek

Journal: Central European Business Review
ISSN 1805-4854

Volume: 2;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 21;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: euro | euro area enlargement | exchange rate volatility | transaction costs

ABSTRACT
The objective of the paper is to assess the reasons for the current negative position of the Czech Government towardeuro adoption and to find out whether the expected benefits of euro adoption for Czech companies still remain. Thepostponement of euro adoption in the Czech Republic has mainly been caused by the current problems of the euroarea. The benefits arising from euro adoption are subject to the reduction of the exchange rate volatility and of thetransaction costs, whereas they also depend on the degree of integration with the euro area. These benefits may stillbe expected – neither the financial crisis nor the economic recession has affected them. The integration of the Czecheconomy with the euro area is high and still growing. Therefore, euro adoption will lead to the stimulation of mutual tradeof the Czech Republic and the euro area.
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