Banknote research and development

The European Central Bank, like all central banks, has a duty to safeguard the integrity and security of its euro banknotes. To make sure that euro banknotes remain accessible and inclusive, the ECB develops innovative security features that everyone can easily recognise and trust. To stay ahead of counterfeiters, the ECB continuously works to improve these features and to develop new ones for future banknotes. The ECB also strives for technologically sustainable solutions that can help reduce the environmental footprint of our euro banknotes and processes.

This is why the ECB coordinates and funds a wide range of research and development projects.

  • Link to the ECB website