NEWS

July 2010
Green light for Estonia to adopt euro in 2011

Ecofin Council meeting of EU economics and finance ministers formally gave the go-ahead for Estonia to adopt the euro from 1 January 2011. This follows the Commission and ECB's positive assessment of Estonia's progress on euro convergence in May.

May 2010
Estonia ready for the euro in 2011

The European Commission concluded on 12 May 2010 that Estonia meets the criteria for adopting the euro and made a proposal to the Council to this effect.

May 2010
Design of the Estonian Euro Coins

Winning Design of the Estonian Euro Coins. In December 2004 Governor of Eesti Pank, Vahur Kraft, disclosed the winner of the competition for the design of the national side of Estonian euro coins. The design depicts contours of Estonian map and a word "Eesti" which means "Estonia".

March 2010
Latvia sets 1 Jan 2014 target for introduction of euro

Latvia’s target date for introducing the euro is 1 January 2014, the country’s Cabinet of Ministers decided on 16 March. The target is subject to Latvia meeting the necessary euro entry conditions. A one-month period of dual circulation is envisaged for the prospective changeover to the European single currency to allow citizens to use both lats and euro cash.

January 2010
EU-Vatican monetary agreement revised

A renegotiated monetary agreement between the EU and the Vatican City State entered into force on 1 January, doubling the Vatican's allowed issuance of euro coins.

January 2010
"The euro: What does it mean to us?" - photo competition for EU teens

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs is organising a photo competition on the theme of “The euro: What does it mean to us?”. The contest is for 14-18-year-olds resident in the European Union working together in teams of two or three.

August 2009
Spain 2 Euro 2010, Historic Centre of Cordoba

The new commemorative 2 Euro coin of Spain, Historic Centre of Cordoba, belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage series. The coin shows the inside of the Mosque of Cordoba, representative of Muslim architecture.

August 2009
Spain, New design of Euro national sides

In 2010, Spain will revise the design of its national sides in order to comply with the common guidelines recommended by the European Commission.

August 2009
Germany, 2 Euro Bremen - City Hall and Roland, 2010

The new commemorative 2 Euro coin of Germany, to be issued in 2010, depicts the Town Hall of Bremen and the Statue of Roland. This is the 5th issue which belongs to the German Bundeslander series.

August 2009
Finland 2 Euro coin to celebrate the year 1809

The Finnish Ministry of Finance has decided to issue a commemorative 2 Euro coin in celebration of the year 1809, in honour of the 200th anniversary of Finnish autonomy and the founding of Central Governmental Institutions in Finland.

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