Sunday, August 23, 2009

Slovenia 2 EURO 2009

The euro celebrated its 10th anniversary on 1 January 2009. Ten years ago, the euro was first introduced as book money, with euro banknotes and coins entering into circulation in 2002. Today, the euro is used for payments by more than 329 million residents of the euro area, which now comprises 16 of the 27 EU Member States.

In its 10 years of existence, the euro has led to price stability, increased price transparency, facilitated trade between countries and accelerated economic and financial integration within the euro area and with other countries. In just a single decade, the euro has become the world's second most important currency.
On May 1998, the leaders of EU Member States adopted a key decision regarding the launch of the third stage of Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) and those countries to be included therein. At the same time, the European Central Bank, which assumed responsibility for conducting the single monetary policy for the euro area, was established.

The introduction of the euro was actually the result of several years of preparations and represents one of the most important steps in the process of European integration. The idea of a European monetary union dates back to the beginning of the second half of the last century, although it only became a reality 10 years ago.
Slovenia like all other euro area countries issued 2-euro commemorative coin using a common design on the national side to celebrate ten years of economic and monetary union and the creation of the euro.
Production and minting: Mint of Finland, Vantaa, Finland
Date of issue: January 2009

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