This is the first decrease in counterfeits in the Netherlands in three calendar years. The fall-off began in the second half of 2009. Alert retailers and attention by police and judiciary have helped to counter this form of crime.
A reduction in counterfeits was also seen worldwide. The European Central Bank announced in a press release this morning that 751,000 counterfeits were recovered in the past year, a decline of 13% relative to 2009. The EUR 50 denomination is the most counterfeited, both in the Netherlands and the rest of the world, followed by the EUR 20 note.
It is important that the public be alert and aware of the euro banknote security features, details of which can be found the webpage Security features of euro banknotes. These instructions can be downloaded from the website or ordered as a CD-ROM from the Information Desk, tel. 0800 – 020 1068 (freephone). 0800 – 020 1068 (freephone).
For further information, please contact Tobias Oudejans, tel. +31 20 524 3100 or +31 6 524 96 961, or Herman Lutke Schipholt, tel. +31 20 524 2712 or +31 6 524 96 900.