Countdown timer above Bank of Lithuania headquarters to count days until euro
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
After the EU General Affairs Council adopts the final decision on the adoption of the euro in Lithuania, a countdown timer above the door of the Bank of Lithuania in Vilnius, Gedimino avenue, will be launched.
The Bank of Lithuania has initiated meetings with representatives of organisations representing people with disabilities (the blind and the deaf), seeking to ensure that information about changeover to the euro is accessible to them as well.
Smooth switch-over to the euro in Lithuania next year would increase consumer confidence in the common European currency, says Ramūnas Vilpišauskas, director of the International Relations and Political Science Institute of Vilnius University.
Association of Lithuanian Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Crafts (LPPARA) says that small businesses should be allowed to give change in litas even after the date that Lithuania switched to the euro.
On 1 January this year, Latvians switched from lats and santimus, that had been the national currency for the last 20 years, to euro banknotes and cents. DELFI interviewed a couple of traders in a local market at Ventspils and asked how they were getting used to the new currency.
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