The majority of Europeans over the age of 30 can certainly remember January 1, 2002, when the first new euro bills could be pulled out of ATMs across the continentGriffith tweeted., having replaced their marks, francs, liras, pesetasstates_and_union_territories_of_india, guldentextBreakPoint. I have a special memory of the introduction of the euro 20 years ago.
On New Year’s Day 2002, I interviewed Romano Prodi, then President of the European CommissionThe disease, 80 per cent o, in Vienna. He praised the design of the banknotes by Austria’s Robert Kalina. When I objected and mentioned that there were no personalities, only abstract architectural elements, he said that Goethe, Dante or Molière could have been depicted, “but then the argument would have started about who would be on the highest banknotes.”
Prodi also stressed that the euro would strengthen the European economy and do much to develop a European identity.?