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02 March 2020

European Economic Area — 25th Year of Membership

Liechtenstein: European Economic Area — 25th Year of Membership, 2 March 2020. Images from Philatelie Liechtenstein and eBay.

Date Of Issue: 02. March 2020
Designers: Hans Peter Gassner, Vaduz
Stamp format: 48 x 29 mm
Perforation: 13 ¼ x 13
Sheet format: 208 x 146 mm
Print: 4-colour offset CMYK + partial brilliant varnish Cartor Security Printing, Meaucé la Loupe
Paper: Truwhite FSC Mix Credit 110 g/m2, gummed

Face value: CHF 2.20
Motif: Network

A graphically designed “Network” (face value: CHF 2.20), predominantly in pastel colours, on a new commemorative stamp symbolises the 25-year membership of the Principality of Liechtenstein in the European Economic Area (EEA). Designer Hans Peter Gassner used partial UV coating to highlight nine colours of the design – colours found in all the flags of all EEA member states.

The 28 members of the European Union and the three EEA/EFTA states Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway are united in a single market through the EEA. Their citizens have the right to make use of the four fundamental freedoms: the free movement of goods, persons, services and capital. In addition, the EEA Treaty prohibits any discrimination on grounds of nationality.

The vote on Liechtenstein’s accession to the EEA in December 1992 can be regarded as one of the most important in the country’s recent history. With an 87 percent turnout, 55.8 percent voted in favour of EEA membership despite the fact that their Swiss neighbours had rejected such an accession for their country a week earlier by an extremely narrow majority.

Liechtenstein: European Economic Area — 25th Year of Membership (first day cover), 2 March 2020.

Liechtenstein: European Economic Area — 25th Year of Membership (maximum card), 2 March 2020.

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