Euro area member since 1 January 1999
Fixed conversion rate
€1 = 40.3399 BEF
Adoption of the euro
The euro banknotes and coins were introduced in Belgium on 1 January 2002, after a transitional period of three years when the euro was the official currency but only existed as 'book money'. The dual circulation period – when both the Belgian franc and the euro had legal tender status – ended on 28 February 2002.