"European culture" and "Rivers and birds" as possible themes for future euro banknotes

11/30/2023 / Press release

The ECB is preparing for the issue of a new series of euro banknotes. The decision was made to give the new series a new look, as well as upgrading the security elements. Yesterday the ECB Governing Council selected "European culture" and "Rivers and birds" as possible themes for them. The decision takes into account the results of surveys conducted in the summer of 2023. 

In the next step, an advisory group will be established to propose motifs for the selected themes by the end of 2024, followed by a design competition. The ECB is expected to decide on the final designs, and when to produce and issue the new banknotes, in 2026. 

More information is available on the ECB website and in the survey results report.