ECB Press Release

PRESS RELEASE - Biannual information on the counterfeiting of the euro, 23 January.

During the second half of 2002, a total of 145,153 counterfeit euro banknotes were removed from circulation by the Eurosystem*. This compares with the 21,965 counterfeits removed during the first half of the year - an exceptionally low figure on account of the newness of the currency, the various information campaigns on the euro banknotes and coins that ran in 2001 and the first months of 2002 and the high deg