Navigating the Dual-Currency Landscape: Challenges for Bulgarian Businesses amid Euro Adoption

Bulgaria is on the verge of a major economic change as it plans to adopt the Euro by 2025. There’s also discussion about introducing the Euro as a secondary currency in 2024. This upcoming change poses challenges for businesses, requiring careful thought and strategic adjustments for operating with two currencies simultaneously.

Dual-Currency Transactions

At the forefront of these challenges is the organization of payments for goods and services. Businesses must meticulously coordinate both cash and bank transactions in dual currencies. The prospect of cash payments, while seemingly straightforward, requires investments in additional cash registers or software alterations. The resulting dual-currency receipts pose not only pricing and rounding challenges but also demand a keen eye for detail.

Banking Considerations

Companies are necessitated to open Euro accounts, accompanied by the burden of additional fees for these newfound financial conduits. Currency conversion, a staple in Bulgarian currency payments, takes on new significance, with transfers traversing through correspondent banks, inevitably leading to delays.

Financial and Accounting Reporting

The financial intricacies extend to the heart of businesses’ operations, impacting the payment of suppliers and employees. The customary efficiency of currency payments in Bulgaria faces disruption, requiring adaptation to the complexities of managing transactions in two currencies.

A case study unfolds in financial and accounting reporting, revealing a need for specialized software to track the movement of material stocks. Accountants will apparently find their workload significantly increased as they grapple with processing documents in both currencies. The introduction of new software, though a technological advancement, becomes an additional financial burden, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises.

Cost Implications

As businesses navigate these challenges, the unavoidable reality emerges – higher costs. The implementation of new software, operational adjustments, and the overall complexity of managing dual currencies contribute to an uptick in expenses. Inevitably, these heightened costs reverberate through the value chain, culminating in an increase in the sales value of the final product, challenging the competitive edge of businesses in the market.

As Bulgaria approaches the inevitable integration of the Euro, the potential introduction of the Euro as a parallel currency magnifies the challenges faced by businesses. Navigating this dual-currency landscape demands meticulous planning and a nuanced understanding of the operational, financial, and accounting intricacies involved. Despite the hurdles, businesses must chart a course that ensures a seamless transition, fostering resilience and competitiveness in an ever-evolving economic panorama.

Amidst this transition, the seasoned finance and accounting experts at Eurofast in Bulgaria stand ready to navigate these complexities. Feel free to contact us at

Polya Hristova
Eurofast Sofia