Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Zdravko Marić (Photo: Matija Habljak/PIXSELL) Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Zdravko Marić (Photo: Matija Habljak/PIXSELL)

Speaking to reporters ahead of a meeting of the inner cabinet on Thursday, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Zdravko Marić said that a strong EU presidency could speed up Croatia's bid to join the Eurozone.

"Our entry into the Exchange Rate Mechanism does not depend on us alone. In this case our presidency, provided it is a good one - and I am convinced that it will be, can additionally help vis a vis the remaining member states, specifically those in the Eurozone, as well as with European institutions," Minister Marić said.

Having joined the EU in June of 2013, Croatia is still looking to become a member of the Eurozone and the Schengen Border Area, both have been listed as priorities of the government of Prime Minister Andrej Plenković.

Source: HRT