"The smooth changeover in Lithuania has been the result of cooperation among numerous stakeholders at national and European level. It is not only an enormous logistical achievement, but it is also a significant milestone for Lithuania, strengthening the ties between the country and its European partners, and highlights the continued attractiveness of the euro," ECB executive board member Yves Mersch said in the press release.
During the transition period, transactions could still be made in litas, though change was returned in euros. The Lithuanian Central Bank will exchange litas for euros for an indefinite period. Until February 28, Central Banks of other EU countries will also exchange litas for euros. However, outside Lithuania, the maximum sum that can be changed will be limited to 1,000 euros per transaction, according to the press release.
In December 2014, a survey ordered by the ECB showed that 76 percent of Lithuanian citizens were ready for the changeover.
On January 1, Lithuania became the 19th European Union member to adopt the euro. The European Commission announced Lithuania's accession to the euro zone in June 2014.