Lithuania Adopts the Euro

Lithuania became the last of the Baltic countries to adopt the euro on Thursday.

The currency will replace the litas, the old unit that will continue to be accepted for the next two weeks.

President Dalia Grybauskaite said that adopting the euro was a symbol of deeper political and economic integration with the West.

“This is a symbolic moment not only for Lithuania, but also for the euro area itself, which remains stable, attractive and open to new members,” the EC vice-president responsible for the Euro and Social Dialogue said in a statement.