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Ninth report on the practical preparations for the future enlargement of the euro area

Nine EU Member States are now bound to adopt the euro once they fulfil the criteria.

Following the latest enlargement of the euro area to Slovakia on 1 January 2009, nine EU Member States are now bound to adopt the euro once they fulfil the criteria prescribed by the Treaty on the functioning of the EU.

The report summarizes the progress in the practical preparations for introducing the euro in these Member States. It also provides an overview of the citizens' opinions on some aspects of the euro in the new Member States which are not yet part of the euro area.