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PODCAST: 20 years of the euro

The transition from pesetas was no small change but has the euro been good for Catalonia?

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31 December 2021 04:21 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

Exactly 20 years ago, euro coins and banknotes came into circulation, on January 1, 2002. 

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Guifré Jordan and Gerard Escaich Folch join Lorcan Doherty to take a look back at the switch over from pesetas, remember them?

We hear the opinions of Pedro Aznar from Esade Business School and Xavier Ferrer from the Catalan Economists' Association on whether the euro has been good for Catalonia. 

Shoppers out and about in Barcelona tell us what they remember about the old currency.

This week's Catalan phrase is 'la pela és la pela', it means 'money talks' or 'business is business'; 'la pela' is a nickname for the peseta but the phrase is still used today. 

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  • Euro coins and banknotes entered into circulation on January 1, 2002 (by ACN)

  • Euro coins and banknotes entered into circulation on January 1, 2002 (by ACN)

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