Introduction of the Euro in Latvia: midnight general atmosphere in Riga

Type: Report   Reference: I-085128   Duration: 10:02:54  Lieu:
End production: 01/01/2014   First transmission: 01/01/2014
This video illustrates the introduction of the Euro in Latvia and shows the general atmosphere of the official ceremony in Riga round midnight on 1st January 2014. Latvia's adoption of the euro took place on 1 January 2014, the 15th anniversary of the launch of the euro in 1999. 18 Member States and 333 million Europeans shared henceforth the same currency.

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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 New Years Eve Countdown clock in Riga 00:00:07
10:00:12 Fireworks 00:00:05
10:00:18 People watching fireworks and taking pictures (2 shots) 00:00:10
10:00:29 Fireworks 00:00:07
10:00:36 Beginning of official ceremony of withdrawing first euro notes 00:00:03
10:00:39 Officials at the ceremony 00:00:05
10:00:44 Opening of symbolic euro ATM, with Valdis Dombrovskis, Latvian Prime Minister, going to take first euro banknote 00:00:09
10:00:54 General view of the audience 00:00:05
10:01:00 Valdis Dombrovskis showing first euro banknote 00:00:14
10:01:14 Andrus Ansip, Estonian Prime Minister, at euro ATM 00:00:05
10:01:19 Andrus Ansip with the first euro banknote 00:00:13
10:01:33 Andris Vilks, Latvian Minister for Finance, with the first euro banknote 00:00:10
10:01:43 General view of the audience applauding 00:00:05
10:01:48 From left to right: Ilmārs Rimšēvičs, Governor of the Bank of Latvia, Andrus Ansip, Valdis Dombrovskis and Andris Vilks showing euro banknotes 00:00:05
10:01:54 Cutaway of a photographer 00:00:05
10:01:59 Soundbite by Valdis Dombrovskis (in ENGLISH): I would like to congratulate everyone in the Euro zone with Euro zone joining Latvia. 00:00:05
10:02:04 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:05
10:02:10 Soundbite by Valdis Dombrovskis (in ENGLISH): I believe it is also a big opportunity for Latvia's economic development becoming a member of the world's second biggest currency. It is a big opportunity for raising welfare in Latvia. 00:00:13
10:02:23 Cutaway of the audience applauding 00:00:04
10:02:28 Soundbite by Andris Vilks (in ENGLISH): I wish and I see Latvia would be able together with our neighbouring countries to be as the fastest growing region in Europe. And also we would be able to present our story, our example to other countries to encourage; there is always an exit from very bad situations, you always would have an exit. And I think that is very important and we are just in the very beginning of the new phase. 00:00:25
10:02:54 General view of the audience 00:00:05
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