European Monetary Union

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European Monetary Union

(Currencies) the agreement between members of the European Union to establish a common currency. The current participating members are Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Spain. Abbreviation: EMU
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Eu′ropean Mon′etary Un`ion

an agreement by which most countries of W Europe pooled currency reserves in order to trade their currencies at a fixed rate in preparation for the introduction of the euro on January 1, 1999: signed by Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Spain.
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