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The euro is the single currency shared by (currently) 17 of the European Union's Member States, which together make up the euro area.
The introduction of the euro in 1999 was a major step in European integration. It has also been one of its major successes: around 330 million EU citizens now use it as their currency and enjoy its benefits, which will spread even more widely as other EU countries adopt the euro.
|1999||Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Spain, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal and Finland|
|2002||Introduction of euro banknotes and coins|