On 23 July 2014 the Council of the European Union approved Lithuania’s request to join the euro area on 1 January 2015
The European Central Bank (ECB) and Lietuvos bankas are preparing a joint information campaign, including two TV spots, to support the introduction of the euro in Lithuania.
Euro banknotes and coins were introduced on 1 January 2002 in 12 of the then 15 Member States of the European Union (EU). Since then, six more countries have adopted the euro: Slovenia on 1 January 2007, Cyprus and Malta on 1 January 2008, Slovakia on 1 January 2009, Estonia on 1 January 2011 and Latvia on 1 January 2014.
On 1 January 2015 Lithuania will become the 19th country to join the euro area.
Following Croatia’s accession in July 2013, the EU now has 28 members in total.
See a map of the euro area.