Introduction of the Euro in Malta: general view of the celebrations, statements and first withdrawing from cash point

Type: Report   Reference: I-056036   Duration: 10:06:46  Lieu:
End production: 01/01/2008   First transmission: 01/01/2008
Member State of the European Union since 2004, Malta is the smallest EU country in both population and area. Following the conclusions of the European Council of 21 and 22 June 2007, the country joined the Eurozone and adopted the Euro as its currency on 1 January 2008. Many events took place in the capital, Valletta, to celebrate this major step in the country’s history.

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10:04:27 Title 00:00:04
10:04:32 General view of the waterfront of Valletta, capital of Malta 00:00:05
10:04:37 Euro panel: Welcome Euro 1 January 2008 00:00:03
10:04:40 Concerts by the National Orchestra of Malta for the Euro night, Mediterranean Conference Centre (5 shots) 00:00:20
10:05:00 Cutaway of a photographer 00:00:03
10:05:03 Concert of a Cypriot band, as Cyprus is also adopting the Euro on the same day (2 shots) 00:00:09
10:05:12 Vox pop: Maltese citizen (in ENGLISH) on the advantages of the Euro 00:00:12
10:05:24 Vox pop: Spanish citizen (in ENGLISH) giving advice to Maltese citizens 00:00:08
10:05:32 Vox pop: Maltese citizen (in ENGLISh) on the European feeling created by the Euro 00:00:08
10:05:40 Vox pop: Maltese woman (in ENGLISH) on the fact that the Euro will not change a thing regarding her Maltese identity 00:00:05
10:05:45 People celebrating in Valletta 00:00:05
10:05:50 Lawrence Gonzi, Maltese Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, arriving at the special ATM machine and withdrawing first Euro banknotes (4 shots) 00:00:28
10:06:18 Lawrence Gonzi walking amongst Maltese citizens 00:00:04
10:06:22 Lawrence Gonzi (in ENGLISH) saying that it is an opportunity for Malta to move forward; the introduction of the Euro means that Malta is closer to the European reality; it will attract more investments, more and better jobs; therefore it is an important achievement for the Maltese population 00:00:18
10:06:40 Cutaway of people celebrating 00:00:06
10:06:46 Fireworks in front of Grand Harbour Venue in Valletta, Malta 00:00:11
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