The majority of the counterfeit notes discovered were 50 Euro-bills (54% of the total).
The rise in counterfeit banknotes in Belgium is in contrast to the figures for Europe as a whole. The European Central Bank says that the total number of forged Euro-bills seized last year was lower than the number intercepted during 2009.
Despite the rise in the number of counterfeit notes in circulation in Belgium, their number is still just a drop in the ocean when compared to the 450 million genuine Euro-bills that are in circulation here.
The National Bank of Belgium offers training in the detection of forged notes to people that handle a lot of cash, such as shopkeepers and waiters.