Workers prepare to destroy…

Workers prepare to destroy 5,000 Greek drachma banknotes (each worth 14.67 euros or $12.82) at the Greek National Mint in Athens yesterday. The amount of banknotes destroyed yesterday alone totaled 7.5 billion drachmas (about 22 million euros). Members of the national coordinating committee for the euro met yesterday and said the State, its financial institutions and most of its businesses were ready for the introduction of the euro. They called on Greeks to show patience with their new currency. The report, excerpts of which were published in yesterday’s Ethnos daily, was forwarded last week to the Halkis prosecutor’s office.

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