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Poland not calling for easing euro entry rules – FinMin

  Poland is not calling for a relaxation of euro entry rules like Hungary did last week, but would be happy if such an easing of requirements took place, Polish Finance Minister Jacek Rostowski said on Sunday.

“We are not calling for that. We believe that the Polish economy is strong enough to join (the euro zone) without any relaxation of the rules,” Rostowski told reporters. “But if it (such a relaxation) were to take place...we would be happy,” he said on sidelines of a EU leaders’ summit.

Hungary called last week for a speeding up of procedures to join the euro zone to bring the European Union’s eastern members under a protective currency shield from the global financial crisis.

Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány said the bloc should shorten the period in which an euro candidate is required to stay in ERM2, a currency grid used as a exchange rate stability test, from the current two years. (Reuters)