There are 80 local currencies in France, including 13 for Nouvelle-Aquitaine. These tools encourage ecological transition and invite users to go and meet producers, artisans and other economic players committed to ecological transition and the local economy.
What is the Eusko ?
In the Basque Country, the Eusko is the complementary local currency. It’s been circulating in the region since 2013 in note form. Here, one Eusko = one Euro. Since 2017, the Eusko has also been used in the form of online accounts linked to a payment card called the Euskokart. Today, it’s been the most important local currency in Europe since 2018 !
The Eusko in a few numbers :
• The premier local currency in Europe • 4000 individual users • 2.5 million Eusko in circulation • 238 associations • 23 member towns out of 158 plus the Basque Country Urban Community • Hendaye, Bayonne and Basque Country tourist offices (and partnerships with the Biarritz, Bidart and Cambo-les-Bains tourist offices) • 29 066 Eusko in donations paid in 2019 to 50 local associations thanks to 3% Eusko.
Why use it ?
Using Eusko during your holiday means taking part during your stay in the ecological transition and balanced regional development of the Basque Country, because 1 euro spent in Eusko is 1 euro that will remain in the region and feed into the local economy, while developing short circuits, which is good for the environment.
Businesses that receive a payment in Eusko can convert it into euros, but a commission is then charged. As a result, more than 84% of network professionals never convert it and continue to work with network companies, always in Eusko. The choice of suppliers is therefore oriented towards member companies, and that’s how we re-localise the economy. As you’ll appreciate, you’re the first stakeholders in this arrangement because it’s thanks to your efforts that the system is up and running - without you, the Eusko couldn’t circulate.
How does it work ?
In just a few clicks, you can join our participatory tourism with Eusko, discover our beautiful Basque Country in a different way and become players in the local economy !
Load up your account free of charge with your bank card.
Download the Euskopay payment app from Google Play or the App Store.
You can now pay using your smartphone by scanning the Euskopay QR Code card installed at the cash desks of hundreds of professionals in the Eusko network.
If you want to have Eusko notes, you can either buy a €20 or €50 Eusko Holidays envelope at the Tourist Office, or, from your Eusko Holidays account, make a withdrawal of the amount of your choice in one of the 30 Eusko exchange offices. http://www.euskalmoneta.org/bureaux-de-change/
The Eusko Holidays account costs €2, for a maximum of 2 months. No other charges will be applied. At the end of your holiday, you can close your account with just a few clicks and we'll refund any unused Eusko. If you regularly visit the Basque Country, you can open a Eusko account for use all year round, for €24/year.