The history of the euro

The history of the euro

Economic and monetary union was a recurring ambition for the European Union from the late 1960s onwards because it promised stability and an environment for higher growth and employment.

The design of the euro

The design of the euro

Years of planning and preparation went into the euro’s design to find a good balance of aesthetic appeal, practical dimensions and security features – resulting in the seven banknotes and eight coins designed for the launch in January 2002.