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Travelling exhibition - Portugal

Lisbon, 5–31 January 2009
Átrio do Ministério das Financas (Finance Ministry Atrium), Praca do Comércio

Opened on 5 January by José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, the start of the exhibition coincided with the fourth enlargement of the euro area to include its 16th member, Slovakia. It also marked the start of the 10-year anniversary of the euro, and the launch of the new commemorative coin to mark the first ten years.

A wide range of reading and promotional material is available to all visitors, as well as a new coin pressing machine where visitors can stamp the symbol of the 10 years of the euro onto their own token.

The Bank of Portugal and the Portuguese Mint are also contributing interactive elements to the exhibition, such as professional detection equipment to identify forged euro banknotes.

The exhibition will be open 7 days a week from 8:00 to 20:00.

Special guests at the opening:

José Socrates, Prime Minister of Portugal
Vítor Constâncio, Governor of the Bank of Portugal
Fernando Teixeira, Minister of Finances, Portugal
Estêvão Rodrigues Pires de Moura, President of the Portuguese Mint
José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission

Braga, 27 February – 25 March 2009
Shopping Braga Parque

The Commission's euro exhibition travelled from Lisbon to Braga, the third largest city of Portugal located in the far north of the country. The exhibition was opened on 27 February by Margarida Marques, Head of the European Commission Representation in Portugal, and MEP José Silva Peneda. The exhibition is displayed in a popular shopping mall in the town centre. This venue provides an ideal location to attract numerous visitors in a country which tends to be more sceptic towards the single currency.

The Europe Direct Centre from Entre Douro e Minho is also contributing to the exhibition by manning the exhibition.

The exhibition will be open 7 days a week from 10:00 to 23:00/24:00 Friday and Saturday (the opening times of the Shopping Centre).

Special guests at the opening:

Margarida Marques, Head of EC Representation in Portugal
José Silva Peneda, Member of European Parliament, EPP-ED group
Abraao Veloso, Europe Direct Centre Entre Douro e Minho
Fernando Ribeiro Moniz, Regional Government Braga

The Azores, São Miguel, Ponta Delgada, 15 July – 17 August 2009
Teatro Micaelense Centro Cultural e de Congressos, SA

The euro exhibition has been officially opened in Ponta Delgada on 15 July 2009 by Ignacio Perez Caldentey, from the Cabinet of the Comissioner Joaquim Almunia, European Commissioner in charge of economic and monetary affairs.

The exhibition is hosted by the Regional Government of the Azores and located in Teatro Micaelense.

The euro exhibition is open every day from 15 July until 17 August from 08:00 to 20:00.

Largo S. João - Edifício Teatro Micaelense
9500 Ponta Delgada
S. Miguel - Açores - Portugal
telf: (+351) 296 308 340
fax: (+351) 296 308 344

Special guests at the opening:

Rodrigo Oliveira, Undersecretary for European Affairs and External Cooperation of Azorean Regional Government
Sérgio Ávila, Vice President of Azorean Regional Government
Victor Pessoa, Administrator of Banco de Portugal

The Azores, Faial, Horta, 25 August – 13 September 2009

The euro exhibition has been officially opened in Horta on 25 August 2009 by Joao Nogueira Martins, Head of Unit in DG Economy and Finances of the European Commission.

The exhibition is being hosted by Regional Government of the Azores and located in the Sociedade Amor da Patria.

The euro exhibition is open everyday from 25 August until 13 September from 13:00 to 16:00 and from 18:00 to 22:00.

Sociedade Amor da Patria
Rua Dom Pedro IV - Horta
9900-111 HORTA
Distrito: Ilha do Faial

Special guests at the opening:

Dr. José António Gomes, Regional Director for Treasury and Budget
Dra. Maria Teodora Osório Pereira Cardoso, Administrator at the National Bank of Portugal
Dr. João Fernando Castro, Mayor of Horta