€ EURO - Most ATMs stand ready

BELGIUM - Five in six automated teller machines (ATMs) in the eurozone will provide euro notes from January 1, the first day of the single currency, a survey by the European Commission has found.

This is an increase of four percentage points on the results of the last survey in March.

The study, carried out on 34 large banks, shows that by the end of the euro's first week, 98 per cent of ATMs will supply the new currency.

ATMs are one the main means to distribute more than 14bn euro notes to 30