The European Monetary Union (EMU) got under way on 1 January 1999. Since then 11 European countries share a common currency, the Euro, and pursue a common monetary policy managed by the European Central Bank (ECB). After forty years of economic integration, Europe has the wherewithal with which to enter the 21st century. However monetary union has implications for nearly all areas of economic activity and decision-making.
Throughout the academic world researchers are fully occupied with the theoretical analysis of the impact of the Euro and the effects of incorporating the new operational framework into their economic models. Businesses and government departments are concerned primarily with the practical implementation of the single currency. For all those who play a part in the economy, it is a question of making the most of the macro and microeconomic opportunities offered by the Euro and minimizing any threats.The Economic and Business Consequences of the EMU describes the economic consequences of the introduction of the EMU and the Euro for governments, financial institutions and firms.
The volume,s aims are threefold: To make a first assessment after about a year=s experience with Economic and Monetary Union- To examine the impact of EMU and the introduction of the Euro in various areas of economic policy, involving both government and the corporate sector including the banking industry- To provide an insight into the challenges that the Euro offers for the coming years with respect both to macro-economic policy and the development of the financial markets and with respect to business management.