MEP suggests BioNTech founders appear on euro banknotes | News | DW


A member of the European Parliament suggested to the European Central Bank (ECB) on Sunday that BioNTech founders Ugur Sahin and Özlem Türeci be represented on one of the notes.

German Free Democratic (FDP) politician Moritz Körner was the first to make the suggestion.

“Their work saved the lives of millions of Europeans”

“Important European figures like the founding couple of BioNTech Ugur Sahin and Özlem Türeci should be printed on the new euro banknotes”, said Körner, as quoted by the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag. “Their work has saved the lives of millions of Europeans,” he added.

“Their Life’s Trajectory is an awe-inspiring story of integration, progress, entrepreneurship, scientific excellence, and the potential of an open immigrant society.”

BioNTech has developed a COVID-19 vaccine which is being used to stem the tide of the pandemic

Türeci and Sahin are the founders of the Mainz-based company BioNTech. In partnership with US pharmaceutical company Pfizer, BioNTech has developed an mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccine that is being used to stem the tide of the pandemic.

What will the redesign process look like?

On January 1, 2002, euro banknotes were introduced as the official currency of the euro area, a monetary union that currently includes 19 of the 27 EU member states.

Four 100 euro banknotes

In 2001, the liquid euro was introduced as the official currency of the euro area

Twenty years later, the ECB launched a process of redesigning the banknotes.

The public must have a say in the vast process of overhauling the euro. European citizens will be interviewed and a carefully balanced advisory group will be formed with members from each of the 19 euro area states.

However, it will be many years before a new design is adopted.

sdi / aw (AFP, dpa)


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