Changeover to the euro, 30/12/01- 03/01/02

Type: Best-of   Référence: I038290   Durée: 44:20  Lieu: Luxembourg | Dublin | Madrid | Athens | Brussels - EC/Charlemagne | Brussels - National Airport | Maastricht | Vienna | Muehlenbach | Frankfurt am Main - Eurotower | Brussels - Royal Palace | Brussels - Zaventem Airport | Luxembourg - EC | Brussels - Cinquantenaire Park | Helsinki | Frankfurt am Main - European Central Bank | Brussels - EC/Breydel | Luxembourg - Banque centrale | Brussels - Abelag Airport
This best of illustrates the milestones in the actual passage to the euro: from the launching of the final countdown by Belgium the 30/12/2001 to the first commercial uses of euro notes and coins in everyday life 01/01/2002, and the first assessments 02 and 03/01/2002.

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I. Two Days to the Euro, 30/12/01
00:00:32 Ceremony of introduction of the euro and transition from the Belgian Presidency to the Spanish Presidency of the EU: Exteriors of the Palais Royal in Brussels (2 shots)Arrival in the ceremony room of Albert II, King of the Belgians, Juan Carlos the First, King of Spain, Guy Verhofstadt,Belgian Prime Minister and President in office of the EU, José María Aznar, Spanish Prime Minister and next President in office of the EU, and Romano Prodi, President of the EC (5 shots) 00:00:45
00:01:18 Excerpt of an acrobatic ballet about the changeover to the euro: show by the Leuven Circus Company, Belgium (3 shots) 00:00:41
00:01:59 Excerpts of speech by Romano Prodi (in FRENCH) on the arrival of the euro on 01/01/2002 in the hands of more than 300 million citizens and the importance of this event for the youngest generations (3 shots) 00:00:35
00:02:34 Excerpt of speech by Guy Verhofstadt (in FRENCH) on the area, the importance of the zone and the euro currency (2 shots) 00:00:39
00:03:13 Embrace and handshake between Guy Verhofstadt and José María Aznar (4 shots) 00:00:19
00:03:32 Excerpt of speech by José María Aznar (in SPANISH) on the objectives of the next Spanish Presidency, "more Europe for citizens, more Europe in the world and around the euro" (2 shots) 00:00:23
00:03:55 Excerpt of a show with the European flag: the "Little Groovies", group of children dancing with the flag of the European Union (9 shots) 00:00:50
00:04:45 Shift from the Belgian Presidency to the Spanish Presidency of the European Union (the European flag passes from the hands of a Belgian young man to Guy Verhofstadt's, then to José María Aznar's who in turn hands it to a young Spanish woman in the presence of Romano Prodi (14 shots) 00:01:00
00:05:46 European anthem interpreted by the "Petits chanteurs" of Waterloo chorus (6 shots) 00:00:57
00:06:43 Statement by Romano Prodi at the end of the ceremony: General atmosphere,on the stages following the changeover to the euro and, specially, on the neeed to change the decision rules in order to harmonise European economies,on the role of the euro in the enlargement process (3 shots) 00:01:20
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II. One Day to the Euro, 31/12/01
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1. Introduction of Euro Notes and Coins Ceremony at the ECB, Frankfurt
00:08:13 Excerpts of speech by Wim Duisenberg, President of the European Central Bank:Exterior of the ECB Arrival of Wim Duisenberg with children (2 shots)General view of the roomWim Duisenberg (in ENGLISH) on the use of the euro by more than 300 million European citizens, which marks Europe in a new era 00:01:03
00:09:16 Wim Duisenberg (in ENGLISH) on the objectives already achieved by the euro 00:00:25
00:09:41 Excerpts of the "Euros superstars" show about the introduction of euro notes and coins (5 shots) 00:00:46
00:10:27 Excerpts of the "Euros superstars" Awards Ceremony (5 shots) 00:00:45
00:11:13 Family photo of the contest winners with Wim Duisenberg (4 shots) 00:00:36
00:11:49 Excerpt of the press conference by Wim Duisenberg (in ENGLISH) on his conviction that European citizens will quickly forget their national currency (3 shots) 00:00:56
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2. Introduction of euro notes and coins Ceremonies, orchestrated by the Belgian Presidency of the EU, Brussels
00:12:50 Excerpts of the press conference by Romano Prodi and Pedro Solbes Mirá, member of the EC in charge of Economic and Financial Affairs: Exterior of Breydel, headquarters of the Commission in Brussels,Romano Prodi (in ENGLISH) on the euro: "our currency, your currency, our future, a piece of Europe in our hands" 00:00:30
00:13:20 Romano Prodi (in ITALIAN) on the objectives achieved by the euro 00:00:35
00:13:55 Romano Prodi on the euro, "element of cohesion and not of division for the candidate countries in the enlargement process of the EU" 00:00:08
00:14:03 Pedro Solbes Mirá (in SPANISH) insisting on the stability of prices: "the economic actors taking advantage of the changeover to the euro in order to raise their prices will need to respond to European citizens; in no case can inflation be considered a consequence of the passage to the euro" and cutaways (4 shots) 00:00:44
00:14:47 Declaration by Romano Prodi (in ENGLISH) in his office, on the excitement and the effects of the changeover to the euro for the whole of the EU and the candidate countries 00:00:35
00:15:22 Deveiling ceremony of the euro poster on the Charlemagne Building, Romano Prodi and Pedro Solbes Mirá going together to the Charlemagne and launching the show on the façade of the Charlemagne, giving the notice for the takeoff of balloons with the EU colours (9 shots) 00:01:40
00:17:02 Statement by Pedro Solbes Mirá (in SPANISH) on the historic moment of the changeover to the euro 00:00:38
00:17:40 In Dublin, atmosphere in the street party organised to celebrate the changeover to the euro (3 shots) 00:00:23
00:18:03 In Dublin, Charlie McCreevey, Irish Minister for Finance, buying flowers in the street with Irish pounds (3 shots) 00:00:21
00:18:24 Bank employees counting Irish pounds and new euro notes (3 shots) 00:00:15
00:18:40 In Athens, show and euro countdown (3 shots) 00:00:25
00:19:05 Costas Simitis, Greek Prime Minister, withdrawing euro notes at a cash machine (6 shots) 00:00:24
00:19:29 In Helsinki, show and euro countdown at midnight (4 shots) 00:00:22
00:19:51 In Helsinki, Sauli Niinistö, Finnish Minister for Finance, paying for a coffee with a euro minikit 00:00:42
00:20:33 "Le Pont de l'Euro 2001" changeover to the euro ceremony: ballet, fire works, and countdown at midnight Attention to the copyright: Copyright: This transmission is exempt of rights for distribution, with the exception of the rights for the music. The composers of the music "Pont de l'Euro" are members of the SABAM. All statements of purpose in the transmission of this material by television stations and mediating organizations must make a request to the to the national copyright services, with a copy for information to the SABAM (by post or email to the following address: SABAM, 75-77 Rue d'Arlon, B-1040 Bruxelles. Email : The statement of purpose should specify the following points: title of the program (Le Pont de l'Euro), site of the transmission: Brussels transmission by the RTBF, broadcasting date, transmission date.Musical credits: Bridge for Europe - (6'00) - Composers : Dirk BROSSE and Marc LERCHS (SABAM) 00:03:27
00:24:01 In Maastricht, the euro ball, the eurogroupe tree and euro countdown (11 shots) 00:00:51
00:24:52 In Madrid, the euro countdown at Puerta del Sol (6 shots) 00:01:01
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III. D-Day, 01/01/02
00:25:58 In Bruxelles, euro coundown in the hall of the Breydel, headquarters of the Commission, and first withdrawals of euro notes in the automatic tellers (8 shots) 00:00:58
00:26:57 In Vienna, Romano Prodi, Franz Fischler, member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Fisheries, and Wolfgang Schüssel, Austrian Federal Chancellor, buying flowers with euros for their wives (11 shots) 00:01:09
00:28:06 In Brussels, first commercial uses of the euro: cash machine, newspaper and bread purchases (23 shots) 00:02:17
00:30:23 First purchases in euros by Pedro Solbes Mirá: at the Zaventem Airport, withdrawal of euro notes at a cash machine and having a coffee (10 shots) 00:01:39
00:32:02 Romano Prodi at the New Year concert in Vienna (8 shots) 00:00:54
00:32:56 Exterior view of Pétrusse Valley, centre of Luxembourg City 00:00:06
00:33:02 Exterior view of the Central Bank of Luxembourg with "euro" decorations 00:00:10
00:33:12 Close-up of the euro countdown clock, hung at the Central Bank of Luxembourg (2 shots) 00:00:21
00:33:33 Euro exchange centre: exchange transactions in euros (7 shots) 00:00:47
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IV. First assessments on the Introduction of Euro notes and coins, 02 and 03/01/02
00:34:25 In Brussels, first uses of the euro in a supermarket: Payment in euros and return of change in euros (6 shots)Payment in Belgian francs and change in euros (4 shots) 00:01:33
00:35:58 A post office In Brussels, first purchases of stamps with value in euros (11 shots) 00:01:24
00:37:22 Press conference by Pedro Solbes Mirá on the introduction of euro notes and coins on 01/01/2002:Exterior of the Breydel, headquarters of the European Commission Pedro Solbes Mirá (in SPANISH) on a first estimate of the volume of transactions in euros 00:01:01
00:38:23 Pedro Solbes Mirá (in ENGLISH) on the absence of counterfeit euro notes and coins 00:00:10
00:38:33 Pedro Solbes Mirá (in SPANISH) on the withdrawal of 90% of national currencies during the first week of January 2002 and on the eight weeks of double circulation in the majority of countries of the Eurogroupe and cutaways (4 shots) 00:00:47
00:39:20 Exterior view of the ECB in Frankfurt 00:00:03
00:39:23 General view of the conference room 00:00:10
00:39:33 Rodrigo de Rato y Figaredo, Spanish Minister for Finance and President in office of the Council, (in ENGLISH) on the importance of the change and its success 00:00:46
00:40:19 Pedro Solbes Mirá (in ENGLISH) on the success of retailers and the enthusiasm of citizens with concrete information and statistics 00:01:20
00:41:39 Wim Duisenberg (in ENGLISH) on specific information of the euros in circulation 00:00:31
00:42:10 Wim Duisenberg (in ENGLISH) on the importance of the euro for the integration of Europe and the beginning of a new era for Europe 00:00:51
00:43:01 Cutaways (2 shots) 00:00:10
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