25 years of the ECB
The ECB has been, and will continue to be, a reliable anchor of stability.
On 1 June 1998, the ECB was established to launch the euro and safeguard its value. Today, more than 346 million Europeans across 20 countries use the euro every day.
An anchor of stability
25 years ago, on 1 June 1998, the European Central Bank started operating as custodian of the euro with a clear mandate to maintain price stability.Watch our journey!
The euro: a symbol of our unity
The euro is more than a currency, says President Christine Lagarde. It is the strongest form of European integration and stands for a united Europe that works together, protecting and benefiting all its citizens. And the ECB will always be a cornerstone of that effort.The ECB Blog
The story of the euro
In times of change in both Europe and the world, the euro has offered us stability, sovereignty and solidarity, says President Christine Lagarde. It is up to all of us, as Europeans, to write the next chapter in the euro’s story.Read the speech
Celebration marking our 25th anniversary
Watch the celebrations
Together with distinguished guests from across Europe, we celebrated our anniversary in Frankfurt.
The ECB Podcast featuring the President's speech
As part of the celebrations for the ECB’s 25th anniversary, President Christine Lagarde looks back at a quarter of a century of pursuing price stability and working for a better Europe, and explores what might lie ahead.Listen to the podcast
Check out the photos from our anniversary event in May 2023.Visit the Flickr album