Bid to join euro zone
, January 3, 2013
A sign informing that the merchant accepts euros and U.S. dollars in his shop in Riga, January 3.
Latvia is currently fulfilling the Maastricht criteria for joining the euro zone for the fourth month in a row and would ask for a European Commission and European Central Bank assessment of its euro readiness late January or early February 2013, Latvia's Ministry of Finance informed local media. Reuters/Ints Kalnins