September 2008 | The entry of Slovakia into the euro area

Speech by Mr Jean-Claude Trichet, President of the European Central Bank, at the “Slovakia Euro Changeover Conference”, Bratislava, 22 September 2008 : “ It is a great pleasure to be with you here, in Bratislava, at this conference taking place a few weeks before Slovakia joins the euro area in January 2009. Let me first congratulate all the parties who have been involved in the preparation and implementation of the euro adoption strategy since 2004. Today, we are looking forward to the launch of the single currency in Slovakia next January. This country will become the 16th member of the euro area”.