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Brussels local currency preparing for late-March launch
Brussels' new local currency, the Zinne, is ready to launch at the end of March - with 26 stores so far signed up to accept the alternative form of payment.
A collective of citizens' groups around the city have been working together on the project. They believe a community currency will encourage consumers to support local businesses and promote the circular economy.
One Zinne is worth the same as a euro. The new notes are currently being printed in France and are due to enter circulation next month.
A team of about 20 volunteers have been visiting independent shopkeepers in Brussels to persuade them to accept the new local currency. So far 120 stores have been visited, 26 have agreed and others are expected to join before launch.
Among the retailers taking part in the scheme is Färm, the organic food market which has six outlets in the city.