Currency

First euro coins to be rolled out today

NETHERLANDS - Preparations for the changeover to euro notes and coins take a key psychological step forward today as citizens of France, Ireland and the Netherlands become the first in the eurozone to get their hands on the new euro coins.

Speech by Governor of the National Bank of Belgium

SPEECH - Speech by Guy Quaden, Governor of the National Bank of Belgium in Ottawa, 30 November. In the speech titled 'The Monetary Policy of the European Central Bank and the Economic outlook in the Euro Area' Guy Quaden said that the introduction of…

ECB post findings on how rate moves affect economy

GERMANY - Ordinary Europeans may quickly get used to the new euro notes and coins that begin circulating in a few weeks, but it may be years before the European Central Bank fully understands the functioning of the new economy created by the common…

Brussels more confident of successful euro switch

EUROPE - With euro notes and coins less than 50 days away, the European Commission yesterday expressed optimism about a successful changeover from national currencies. The latest monthly Eurobarometer survey registered growing understanding of the single…

Error rate high with euro notes trial in France

FRANCE - Two months before euro notes and coins come into circulation, the financial community is concerned that cashiers in shops and banks will not be ready to use euros and detect fake notes from 1 January.

Austrian mint ready to recycle notes and coins

AUSTRIA - Austrian federal mint Muenze Oesterreich, a subsidiary of central bank Oesterreichische Nationalbank (ONB), is preparing to begin melting down schilling coins following the introduction of the euro on 1 January.

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