Greeks using the Euro
Dateline: Athens - 2 Jan 2002
Date: 01/02/2002 12:00 AM
1. Exterior Bank of Greece building
2. Various of customers interior bank
3. Various of euro notes counted at bank
4. Mid shot of customer examining euro note
5. Various of cars in city street
6. Various shots of newspaper headlines
7. Various of cars at toll booth on motorway
8. Various of people paying tolls
9. Mid shot of cash drawer with euros and drachmas
10. Mid shot of cars on motorway
Greece on Wednesday woke up to the first business day of the new euro currency.
In Athens, customers queued at banks to exchange their money and shopkeepers opened their doors after the new year's holiday to begin trading in euros.
Twelve European countries adopted the new currency on January the 1st, giving up currencies that held a place in the history and hearts of the countries and their people.
But it is Greece's drachmas which are the oldest currency of those soon to be discarded in favour of the new euro notes and coins.
The Greek drachma has a history which reaches back 2,600 years.
But as nostalgia for the drachma diminishes, anticipation rises that the new currency may help boost Greece's economy.
Euro membership is hugely popular in Greece, with polls suggesting that nearly two-thirds of the population are in favour of the move.