23.09.2010 - After successful stops in seven Member States, the European Commission's travelling euro exhibition has arrived in Tallinn
Estonia is set to join the euro area on 1 January 2011, so the arrival in Tallinn of the European Commission's travelling exhibition is especially significant. Before moving to the capital, the popular exhibition has already been shown in Narva, hostng aroung 16,000 visitors. Before that it has made several successful visits to seven Member States
It joins an exhibition held in Talinn by the European Central Bank - the first time that the two exhibitions have been displayed together. The exhibition was opened on 20 September by Commissioner Olli Rehn, ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet, Eesti Bank Governor Andres Lipstok and the Estonian Minister of Finance Jürgen Ligi.
The euro exhibition is not only a great source of information on practical things like the production of banknotes and their security features, but it goes well beyond: it shows the history of the euro, the way Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) works, and discusses some of the many benefits that EMU can bring. Visitors can use interactive touch screens and audiovisual elements and test their knowledge on the euro by taking a quiz. Children can journey through a virtual island where they will discover the euro.
The exhibition will remain in Tallinn until 31 October, after which it will move to Tartu, staying from 8 November to 5 December 2010.