euro venti anni
Euro Venti Anni

Cerimonia per i vent’anni dell’euro

Strasburgo. Il 1° gennaio 1999 è stato lanciato l’euro. Per commemorare i 20 anni della sua esistenza, la plenaria ospiterà una cerimonia martedì alle 11.30. cerimonia solenne, martedì 15 gennaio, 11.30.

La cerimonia sarà aperta dal Presidente del Parlamento europeo Antonio Tajani, seguito dal Presidente della Commissione europea Jean-Claude Juncker, dal Presidente della Banca centrale europea Mario Draghi, dal Presidente dell’Eurogruppo Mário Centeno, il Presidente della commissione per i problemi economici Roberto Gualtieri e dall’ex Presidente della Banca centrale europea Jean-Claude Trichet. Sarà inoltre allestita una mostra sull’euro nei locali del Parlamento europeo a Strasburgo.


The euro, Europe’s common currency, turns 20 on 1 January 2019.

Exactly 20 years ago, on 1 January 1999, 11 EU countries launched a common currency, the euro, and introduced a shared monetary policy under the European Central Bank.

The historic moment was a milestone on a journey driven by the ambition of ensuring stability and prosperity in Europe. Today, still young, the euro is already the currency of 340 million Europeans in 19 Member States. It has brought tangible benefits to European households, businesses and governments alike: stable prices, lower transaction costs, protected savings, more transparent and competitive markets, and increased trade. Some 60 countries around the world link their currencies to the euro in one way or another, and we can and are doing more to let the euro play its full role on the international scene. Other EU Member States are expected to join the euro area once the criteria are met.

To mark this anniversary, the five Presidents of the EU institutions and bodies most directly responsible for the euro, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Council, the European Central Bank and the Eurogroup, commented on the 
20 years of the single currency and on its future.

Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, said: “As one of the only signatories of the Maastricht Treaty still politically active today, I remember the hard-fought and momentous negotiations on the launch of the Economic and Monetary Union. More than anything, I recall a deep conviction that we were opening a new chapter in our joint history. A chapter that would shape Europe’s role in the world and the future of all its people. 20 years on, I am convinced that this was the most important signature I ever made. The euro has become a symbol of unity, sovereignty and stability. It has delivered prosperity and protection to our citizens and we must ensure that it continues to do so. This is why we are working hard to complete our Economic and Monetary Union and boost the euro’s international role further.”

Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, said: “The euro is more popular today than ever: three out of four citizens believe it is good for our economy. In order for Europeans to benefit fully from the jobs, growth and solidarity that the single currency should bring, we must complete our Economic and Monetary union through genuine financial, fiscal and political Union. This will also allow Europe to better shield its citizens from potential future crises.”