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            European Central Bank chief Christine Lagarde on Thursday suggested that Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci and pioneering French politician Simone Veil appear on the new euro banknotes, as she delved into a politically sensitive issue.

The ECB has announced plans to introduce new euro banknotes by 2024, but the design of the European Union's single currency is fraught with political tensions.
Euros were introduced in 2002 with symbolic illustrations of Roman and Gothic architecture to avoid debates over the choice of historical figures.
But they will get a facelift as the ECB has launched a design and consultation process involving the public and a panel of 19 experts, one from each eurozone country.
Lagarde made her preferences known in a French radio interview.
Da Vinci should grace new euro notes, says Lagarde

European Central Bank chief Christine Lagarde on Thursday suggested that Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci and pioneering French politician Simone Veil appear on the new euro banknotes, as she delved into a politically sensitive issue.

The ECB has announced plans to introduce new euro banknotes by 2024, but the design of the European Union’s single currency is fraught with political tensions.

Euros were introduced in 2002 with symbolic illustrations of Roman and Gothic architecture to avoid debates over the choice of historical figures.

But they will get a facelift as the ECB has launched a design and consultation process involving the public and a panel of 19 experts, one from each eurozone country.

Lagarde made her preferences known in a French radio interview.

“We must find great and true Europeans throughout history so that we can recognize ourselves,” Lagarde told France Inter.

He said da Vinci would be an “obvious” choice and that Simone Veil is “clearly” a candidate among recent Europeans.

Italian Da Vinci was a Renaissance scholar best known for his paintings, while Holocaust survivor Veil became the first female president of the European Parliament and held high political and legal posts in France.

Robert Kalina, the Austrian designer of the first euro banknotes, previously told AFP that great composers like Beethoven or Mozart could be good choices because they cannot be “reduced to just one country”.

The images that will adorn future euro banknotes will be limited to six, as there are only six different denominations of euro banknotes, ranging from €5 to €200 after the end of the €500 note.

Source Credit: TheGuardian

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