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Brussels local currency Zinne to launch in 2019
Brussels is getting its own local alternative currency - the Zinne - from the new year.
A collective of citizens' groups around the city have been working together on the project in recent months, with the goal of encouraging consumers to support local business and the circular economy - and strengthening community ties.
The currency's value will match the euro. After a public competition in July, Zinne has been picked as the winning name. Now a graphic design competition has been launched to determine what the new banknotes should look like.
Similar local currencies already exist in Namur, Liège and Gembloux. Brussels Environment experimented with an alternative currency, the Eco-Iris, in two Brussels neighbourhoods in 2012 but it was scrapped a year later after failing to build up sufficient scale.