BNR announced a reference exchange rate of 4.2396 lei per euro yesterday.

The leu appreciated in today's first transactions from 4.2530 to close to 4.23 versus the euro but the exchange rate began to rise after noon. At 1:10 p.m. banks bought the euro with 4.2360 and sold it for 4.2460 lei.

Emerging currencies in the region posted a similar evolution. The Polish zloty initially gained from 4.51 to 4.4630 against the euro but then depreciated to 4.4960. The Hungarian forint strengthened from 299.20 to 295.65 units per euro but lost ground to 296.8.

The reference exchange rate also showed a 1.19 percent appreciation of the leu to 3.2055 versus the American dollar.