Polish Ruling Party May Seek Referendum on Euro: Gazeta

Poland’s ruling Civic Platform party may agree to a referendum on euro adoption if the main opposition party approves constitutional amendments allowing for the currency switch, Gazeta Wyborcza reported today.

The newspaper didn’t say where it got the information. Civic Platform lacks the two-thirds majority in the lower house of parliament needed to change the constitution, which gives the Narodowy Bank Polski the sole right to issue the currency.

Poland last month delayed setting a date for euro adoption until after a general election in 2015, when Prime Minister Donald Tusk said all requirements to switch currencies will have been met. Recent opinion polls have shown most Poles are against the change. The surveys were taken before Cyprus became the euro region’s fifth economy to receive a bailout.

“There are no talks” about the euro with the opposition Law & Justice party and the constitution should be amended without “political haggling,” Andrzej Halicki, a lawmaker and a spokesman for Civic Platform’s parliamentary caucus, said on TVP Info today.

He wasn’t available to comment when contacted at his office in Warsaw. Pawel Olszewski, another ruling-party lawmaker authorized to speak to the media, said by phone that he “won’t be able to comment until tomorrow.”

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