* President to name Oldrich Dedek, Marek Mora to CNB
* Both seen as favourable to eventual euro adoption
* Analysts see monetary policy staying course
* Bank nearing end of long-held crown interventions
* GRAPHIC on interventions: tmsnrt.rs/2f3Q04s
(Adds quotes, details on appointees)
By Robert Muller
PRAGUE, Jan 10 The Czech president will appoint
two economists to the central bank's board from February, picks
who could make the bank more receptive to the idea of joining
the euro but are unlikely to change its monetary policy stance.
President Milos Zeman's spokesman said on Tuesday he would
appoint professor of economics Oldrich Dedek and Marek Mora, a
senior EU official and one-time adviser to central bank Governor
Jiri Rusnok, to the seven-member board on Jan. 31, with effect
Zeman's fourth and fifth appointees will replace policymakers
appointed by his eurosceptic predecessor, Vaclav Klaus.
Analysts said the changes were not likely to shift the
central bank's monetary policy course as it nears an exit from
its weak-crown policy, in place since 2013. Data on Tuesday
showed inflation returning to its 2 percent target for the first
time in four years.
Dedek is the Czech Republic's euro adoption coordinator and
previously served on the CNB's board from 1999 to 2005.
Mora is an economist who has worked in senior positions in
the Czech government and EU institutions and is a director at
the EU Council, focused on budget, tax and regional policy.
"Both of them will act in a less eurosceptic way than
previous (board members)," said Pavel Sobisek, chief economist
at UniCredit in Prague, although he added that the appointments
are unlikely to speed up euro adoption.
The Czech Republic is one of the more eurosceptic new
European Union members and has set no formal target date for
adopting the common currency, on which the central bank advises
The central bank has kept the crown on the weak side of 27
per euro for three years to help revive inflation and growth. It
has pledged to keep the policy in place until at least the
second quarter but has said a mid-2017 exit is likely.
In October, Dedek told a TV debate there were fewer reasons
to keep the weak crown given a strong labour market and economy,
"so I think it is good the CNB is preparing for an exit".
Dedek and Mora will replace Pavel Rezabek and Lubomir Lizal,
whose terms end on Feb. 13. The current board will meet for the
last time on Feb. 2.
Recent board appointees have also been close to Governor
Rusnok, whom Mora advised when he was industry minister in the
Former Czech Deputy Prime Minister Alexandr Vondra, said
Mora was highly competent. "I saw him as an economic liberal and
a fiscal conservative," he told Reuters.
(Additional reporting by Jan Lopatka and Jason Hovet; Editing
by Mark Trevelyan)