The UK Presidency's "12 swan" logo
The Telegraph informed the IPKat today that the UK's presidency of the European Union has got off to an embarrassing start, it having emerged that the logo for its presidency is almost identical to that of the anti-European think-tank, the Bruges Group. The Bruges Group, which campaigns against further European integration, is threatening to sue the Government for copyright infringement. Lord Lamont, the co-chairman of the group, has written to Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary, demanding an explanation. The new presidency logo, depicting 12 swans in flight - an echo of the 12 stars in the EU flag - was created this year for the Foreign Office by Johnson Banks Design, at a cost of £30,000. Michael Johnson, a founder of the company, said:
"We were looking for an idea that avoided visual clichés of Europe."