Latvia becomes the 18th Member State to adopt the euro
EU News 543/2013
Brussels, 31 December 2013
After Latvia adopts the euro at midnight tonight – on the 15th anniversary of the launch of the euro in 1999 – 18 Member States and 333 million Europeans will share the same currency. This is a major achievement for Latvia and for the euro area as a whole. Tomorrow, Latvians will start withdrawing euro cash and paying for their purchases in euro. This has been made possible thanks to thorough preparations ahead of the introduction of the single currency.
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