ECB celebrates 10 years of the euro
The ECB is the central bank for Europe's single currency, the euro. Its main task is to maintain the euro's purchasing power and thus price stability in the euro area.
Ten years ago, on 1 January 2002, euro banknotes and coins were introduced in 12 Member States of the EU. Five further states have since joined. In commemoration of this decade of prosperity and growth, the ECB have released this short film.
The euro, they say, 'builds bridges and inspires hope'. It 'enables its people to look to the future with confidence'. It is a 'symbol of integration and cooperation'. And it puts the French, Italians, Finns and Greeks on notice that their 10-year period for exchanging their old currencies is about to expire.
His Grace advises them to keep their francs, lira, markka and drachmas, for the symbol of integration and cooperation has become one of coercion, exploitation and oppression. The end is nigh.