Wednesday, November 24, 2010

What the Hell is the "Collier du mérite européen" ?

I hope is it big and covered in silver gilt with great enamel knobs. I ask because I have never heard of it before, and it is obviously rather an important award.

It is being handed out by President Van Rompuy,
17:00 Award of the "Collier du mérite européen" followed by dinner hosted by Prime Minister Jean-Claude Junker
To President Buzek,
Thursday 25-11-2010 - 12:30 - 18:00 Strasbourg -Luxembourg
17:00 Receving the award "Le Collier du mérite européen" - Luxembourg
At a dinner organised by Mr Jean Claude Juncker, PM of Luxembourg.

This is an award that has never existed before as far as I can tell. Currently its web existence seems to be solely the multilingual versions of the above links.

So can anybody help? What is the collar for?


Edward Spalton said...

It obviously allows them to put van Rompuy on his lead.

Queen Elizabeth I did not allow her courtiers to accept foreign decorations.
When one turned up, wearing a foreign order, she was distinctly miffed and Said
So that is what Rumpy-Pumpy will be doing. We are seeing the emergence of a court which claims, like Elizabeth I, to be sovereign.

Hodja said...

This is for

Strangely enough one Ali Bozer, a turk, is also a recipient.

In Wiki he is mentioned as 'Primeminister for the EU "Zwischen 1986 und 1989 war er Staatsminister für die Europäische Gemeinschaft."

This I never heard of?????

Anonymous said...

for Hodja:

The Turkish government includes the positions of Deputy Prime Minister and also Deputy Minister for EU Affairs.

Ali Bozer appears to have held both these positions