Extracts from the Launch of the Europa series €5 banknotes event:
Children hand over to Mario DRAGHI, ECB President, and each member of the ECB Governing Council a star which includes the new €5 banknote
Lieu: European Central Bank , Bratislava
End production: 02/05/2013 First transmission: 02/05/2013
The Eurosystem, comprising the European Central Bank (ECB) and the national central banks of the euro area countries, has completed preparations for the introduction of a new €5, the first banknote in the Europa series. The new note will be issued through traditional channels, i.e. via bank counters and automated teller machines (ATMs) across the euro area as of 2 May 2013. The €5 banknotes of the first series will continue to circulate alongside the new banknotes, but they will gradually be withdrawn. The date when they cease to be legal tender will be announced well in advance. Even after this date, they will retain their value indefinitely and will be exchangeable at euro area national central banks at any time.
The Europa series €5 banknote has benefited from advances in banknote technology since the first series was introduced over ten years ago. It includes some new and enhanced security features. The watermark and hologram display a portrait of Europa, a figure from Greek mythology – and hence the name of this series of banknotes. An eye-catching “emerald number” changes colour from emerald green to deep blue and displays an effect of the light that moves up and down. Short raised lines on the left and right edges make it easier to identify the banknote, especially for visually impaired people. All these security features can be found on the front side of the new note and can be readily checked using the “feel, look and tilt” method. It is envisaged that they will be included in all the banknotes of the Europa series
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Groupe photo of Mario Draghi, ECP President and the ECB board and children showing the new €5 banknote (10 shots)
||Arrival of children wiht the new €5 banknote in the press room (2 shots)
||Arrival of Mario Draghi
||SOUNDBITE by Jozef Makúch, Governor of the National Bank of Slovakia (In Slovenian) saying that: I would like to welcome you to this historical building in the centre of Bratislava. Today is not only the day of the deliberation of the governing council, it is also important because on this day will be launching a new €5 banknote of the Europa series in the 17 Euro area countries.
||SOUNDBITE by Mario Draghi (In English) saying that: The new banknote will join the 15 billion Euro notes already in circulation. They are the most visible and tangible symbol of European integration used from one hand over the continent to the other. With Europa series, we are giving a face to our currency; a portrait of Europa, a figure from Greek mythology has been incorporated onto some of the security features of the new series.
||Mario Draghi signing the new €5 banknote for the children
||Cild giving the new €5 banknote to MArio Draghi to sign it
||Mario Draghi signing the new €5 banknote for the children (2 shots)
||Mario Draghi leaving the press room