Happy birthday® to you

The IPKat's Polish cousin, blogger, lawyer and web-artist Tomasz Rychlicki has drawn his attention to the announcement of a winner in the European Commmission's "Design a 50th Birthday Logo" competition. The winning device is depicted above; the runner-up is on the left and the third placed entry is below, right. This weblog salutes the winners and hopes that they didn't have too much trouble completing the application form.

According to the Press Statement,

"The winner, Szymon Skrzypczak, received the award of €6,000 euros. Tore Rosbo and Jenny Lundgren also received awards for the second and third best logos, €4,000 and €2,000 respectively. ...

Left: Mr Vidal-Quadras, pictured here in front of yet another set of logos.

According to Mr Alejo Vidal-Quadras, First Vice-President of the European Parliament, "The success of this logo competition throughout Europe demonstrates that we were right to put our confidence in young people to help us design the Europe of tomorrow. On behalf of the European Parliament, the institution who represents the European citizens, I would like to thank all the participants for their imagination and enthusiasm. I congratulate the winner for the very nice result, which expresses very well our common destiny".

The IPKat can report that the people's choice (right) represents an axiom that has become more apparent during the first fifty years of the European Union's institutions: "you can't teach an old dog new tricks". Merpel, who is horrified at this, prefers the more sympathetic device (left) that symbolises the constant trekking of the European Parliament between Brussels to Strasbourg.

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JT said...

Don't you mean Brussels and Strasbourg?

You might be interested in this other view of the Commission's "birthday"...

David said...

Has anyone else noticed that the runner up entry is a blatant lie? Or at least not true until 2042.

Jeremy said...

JT, many thanks. This is the danger of high-speed blogging. I first wrote "Strasbourg and Luxembourg". Then it dawned on me that I'd got it wrong - but I pasted "Brussels" over the wrong bourg. For the sake of posterity I'll amend it accordingly.

Woodpecker, I'm not so sure. You're obviously thinking of "The European Union", established as such under the Maastricht Treaty. The logo may be referring to the general concept of "a European Union". Then why 1957? It was the year Sid Vicious was born ...

Anonymous said...

I thought the "R in a circle" was an indication of a registered trade mark. Now Article 95 of the Trade Marks Act makes it an offence falsely to represent that a mark is a registered trade mark and the use of any other word or symbol importing a reference (express or implied) to
registration shall be deemed to be a representation. I hope the EU has registered Tögethé!

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