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Future banknotes

After 20 years, it’s time to review the look of our banknotes to make them more relatable to Europeans of all ages and backgrounds.

Christine Lagarde, President of the ECB

The first euro banknotes were introduced on 1 January 2002. 

Now, more than 20 years later, we are preparing for a future banknote series. The decision on when to launch the new series will be made at a later stage. Redesigning euro banknotes will be done with the help of the public and experts before the ECB’s Governing Council takes a final decision on the new theme and the designs. 

The redesign process

In December 2021, we announced our plans to redesign the euro banknotes. Have a look at the different steps in the process and find out how you can contribute before the final decision is taken.


Thank you for completing the survey!

We asked Europeans of all ages and backgrounds to give us their opinions about possible new themes for future euro banknotes. The survey is now closed. Thank you to all those who shared their views with us.

What happens next?

Why do we need new banknotes?

We are developing new banknotes to ensure they will be even more secure, efficient, and sustainable.

The Eurosystem cash strategy

Listening to the public

Between December 2021 and March 2022 we spoke to people in all the euro area countries to hear their opinions on possible themes for future banknotes. Take a look at the report from the focus groups and stay tuned for what comes next!

Read the report and the executive summary


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