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Course : The Euro
Webducator : Nathalie Mathieu
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Association for the Monetary Union of Europe
The Association for the Monetary Union of Europe (AMUE) was founded in 1987 by European industrialists who agreed on the objectives of monetary stability and a single currency for the success of the Single Market.   Students should spend time on the sections dedicated to Companies and the Euro and Euro News to better understand issues relating to doing business in Europe and the impact of the integration of business practices.
The European Central Bank
This site contains a wealth of information dealing with all of the european banking issues including the Euro.  You should concentrate on section dealing with monetary union such as, the three phases towards European Monetary Union, key speeches dealing with the Euro and the orgainisation of the European Central Banks.  Why not take the time to discover the look of the new European bank notes as well.
The Euro Converter Calculator***
This site provides on online calculator plug-in that allows you to convert from any of the major European currencies into the Euro.  These rates have been fixed until the introduction of banknotes in 2002 and students should use the calculator to gain a sense of the approximate relative values of the major currencies. 
Timetable for the introduction of the Euro
This is where you will find a complete timetable of events leading to the formation of a single currency for Europe.  The content covers the events from the 30th of June 1997 to the 1st of July 2002.  You should come away from this site knowing the major dates that will impact consumers and businesses.
The Euro - One Currency for Europe
This is the European Commission's internet site dedicated exclusively to the euro - one currency for Europe. Whether you are a citizen interested in your future currency, a specialist working on technical preparations for the changeover, or a surfer passing by; this site has useful and interesting information in all eleven official languages of the European Union.  The site is regularly updated with applicable documents as, and when, they become available and also provides access to an electronic version of Infeuro, the Commission's own newsletter on the euro, plus other sites with useful information on the single currency.
The single european currency
This site is maintained by the Critical European Group and financed through advertising by the Financial Times.  It contains a very good questions and answers section about the euro dealing with such issues as   convergence criteria and the central bank.
The European Parliment
This site contains a wealth of information.   You can even use the site to organize a visit of the European Parliments offices in Luxembourg, Strasbourg or Brussels.  Information specific to the Euro can be found in the Press section under Euro.  You should use the content of this site to look specifically at issues effecting government policy as well as the content of treaties leading up to European Monetary Union.  Key topics and European Unity also contains useful infomation about the EPs role in a single currency.
The European Investment Bank
Te EIB is the European Union's long-term lending institution.  It was created in 1958 as an autonomous body set up to finance capital investment furthering European integration by promoting EU economic policies.  One of the benefits of European Union is more flexible financing of European venture.  The EIB provides financing to projects and programmes that are viable in four fundamental areas : economic, technical, environmental and financial.  If you get a grant, don't forget your beloved professor.
This English only sight, naughty - naughty, is sponsored by the Financial Times and deals mainly with financial markets.  A special section on Euro markets gives you access to valuable exchange rate tools and indicies for european markets.  Students should spend limited time on this site to better understand the impacts of the Euro on financial markets.

Other courses in this area include : Monetary Economics and Macro Economics

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