It's Your Currency,
Have Your Say

What is "Europe"? Where is Europe? Who is a European? What does it mean to be a European?

We live in a Europe of many different people, with different opinions and different identities. This is Europe's great strength; its Unity in Diversity. To better reflect these differences and similarities, this project aims to engage EU citizens with creating new symbols that show what "Europe" is.

The original designs were chosen by politicians, in an age when the internet was still relatively new and when "Europe" was mostly Western nations. The world has changed since then. The EU has grown much larger, the EU faces new opportunities and new challenges, and the rapid expansion of the internet allows much greater interaction between European citizens and European governments. The#YourEurope project is the first initiative to get EU citizens involved in changing the symbols of the EU's currency, to better reflect what it means to be a "European" today.

It's your Europe. Have your say.

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Please answer the following questions on a scale of 1 star (Strongly Disagree) to 10 stars (Strongly Agree)

Q The currency should keep the designs it already has

Q The currency should be redesigned

Q I like the current designs of the euro currency

Q The euro currency’s current designs are a good representation of “Europe” to the rest of the world

Q The current designs of the euro currency reflect what it means to be a citizen of the EU

Q The current designs of the euro currency reflect what is means to be a “European”

Q The current designs make me feel “European”

Q The currency designs should feature images of people

Q The currency should show famous Europeans from history

Q The currency should show Europeans from art

Q The designs should show images of actual monuments or buildings in Europe

Q The designs should show images of fictional monuments or building styles (e.g. medieval, Roman, industrial)

Q The designs should show images of European nature (e.g. birds, animals, flowers)

Q The designs should show images of European landscapes (e.g. islands, mountains, rivers)

Q The designs should show a map of the European continent

Q The designs should show a map of only EU members

Q The designs should show a map of only Eurozone members

Q Please drag the boxes below into your preferred order

  • The currency should show actual Europeans from history (e.g. Mozart, Marie Curie, Erasmus);
  • The currency should show imagined Europeans from art (e.g. Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Michelangelo’s David);
  • The currency should show generic images of “unity” (e.g. clasped hands, embracing people);
  • The currency should show abstract symbols of “unity” (e.g. circles, intersecting lines);
  • The currency designs should not be changed;

Q What would you like to see in a new banknote/coin design? What symbols, general or specific?

Q What historical figures would you include, if any?

Please upload your design (up to 2Mb pdf, jpg or png files)

    2019-07-18 12:56:55

    This applies to banknotes: I'm not opposed to a redesign per se but I don't think that a new design centred around actual people from history, works of arts or buildings would be a good choice. I don't associate people, works of art nor buildings with Europe (nor with the EU) but with their respective nation states. If the idea is that Europe, i.e. the EU represented in the Eurozone, is more than just an alliance of nation states this does not seem to be fitting. However, if the idea is that Europe is exactly that, an alliance of nation states, this would be a different story. Then actual people/works of art/buildings might be a possibility with all the associated debates and deals about who/which are going to be represented and where. Coins: I feel like the coins, due to their lower value compared to bank notes, do not obstruct the idea that the EU is more than an alliance of nation states. Rather they show how national identities can be summed up under a less concrete EUropean (sic!) identity, i.e. abstract bank notes of higher value.

    None. Figures seem to be the worst choice to me. Sure, there are figures from history that have worked towards a more or less abstract goal of European unity or a European identity or project. They might stand for some European idea, but do they stand for the EU? Unlikely. More likely is that through putting them on the currency, we would decontextualise and oversimplify their ideas, which cannot be desirable. Then there are the 'founding fathers' of the EU. They certainly stand more directly for the EU as a concrete project. But do they stand for more than that? Do they stand for Europe outside the EU? Do they stand for a larger idea other than, say, the Coal and Steel Community? This is not to say the this in itself was not a big idea. But it is also to be seen in a specific historical and political context and I doubt that a picture of Robert Schuman, Jean Monnet or Jacques Delors (who, outside academia and politics, even knows how they look like?) would be a source for identification for many. Lastly, there is the option of using 'famous people form history' like Einstein, Curie, or Charlie Chaplin. As I said before, I doubt that they are perceived as Europeans. They are seen as citizens of their respective states. Which brings up the question: Who chooses them to be on a banknote? Who even qualifies to be on a banknote? Is it fame alone? Does it have to be an intellectual or is Franz Beckenbauer also fine? And isn't the story of the EU and modern Europe one of bloody wars, constant tensions and difficulty? Should we really look back into history and ignore these by choosing cool people everyone likes as symbols of modern EUrope? I think that if the creation of a European identify is to be supported by the design of a currency, it must be informed by history, but not attempted through the sheer depiction of people (or arts or buildings) from history. Let's stay abstract.

  • waynem
    2019-07-15 16:59:37

    Historic figures from the country of origin of the note, it would create interest as the currency changes hands/countries

  • oess
    2019-07-15 15:59:26

    I would like to see Europe's rich history of graphic design reflected - think of the famous design from Finland to France to Spain to Poland that is not reflected on the current currency. We should have notes as well designed as the Swiss or Swedish. Estonia had nicer notes before it joined the Euro.

    Historical figures are a bad idea and can always be divisive, even in the country they are from. Think of Churchill in the UK (racist)

  • Marcel
    2019-07-10 14:53:00

    They should hvae images of famous scientists and inventors!

    Leonardo Da Vinci, Alan Turing, Christopher Polhammar, Archimedes, etc!

  • Tyram
    2019-07-05 15:51:00

    pictures of people in renaisance art

    julius cesar