The Journey of the €uro

The exhibition features a series of images charting the history of the euro.

It focuses on a combination of archive materials from the Historical Archives of the European Union (HAEU), information provided by the DG ECFIN of the European Commission and materials from the Croatian National Bank.

The exhibition also features cartoons and posters about the 2002 launch of the euro, which quickly rose to become the most widely used currency worldwide.

The project invites viewers to discover the journey from conception and planning to the inauguration of the euro and to its further development path to the present day and challenges the audience to reflect and more fully comprehend the scale of one single currency's significance.

It serves as both a representation of peace and the most concrete example of European integration.

As stressed by the ECO section of the EESC: "While a discussion has started at European level about the possible introduction of a digital euro, it is important to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Euro coins and banknotes. They represent the physical manifestation of our Economic and Monetary Union and are a symbol of a shared sense of European identity among citizens. Celebrating the Euro is especially significant, as the number of EU Member States using it as their currency is about to increase to 20, when Croatia joins the Eurozone on 1 January 2023."

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The exhibition is being held at the EESC from 5 to 31 October 2022, partly on-site and partly online. This initiative is the result of a cultural partnership between the Communication & Interinstitutional Relations Directorate and the Section for Economic and Monetary Union and Social Cohesion (ECO).