At the beginning of the eighties everyone was talking about European sclerosis. It was Dr. Helmut Kohl, as early as
at the time when he took up office as Federal Chancellor, who formulated the phrase “Europe is the future of us all!”. Since he - like no other government leader in Europe - put this statement into practice in his daily work, the
European Senior Citzens’ Union (ESCU)
has founded a golden “Helmut Kohl Badge of Honour”. This will be awarded every three years to institutions and / or persons, which or who have made an excellent contribution to the European idea.
According to the statutes of the endowment the place of award is Luxembourg.
All member associations of the ESCU are entitled to put forward nominations for the award and the power of decision rests with the board of trustees, made up of up to eight members. In the event of a tied vote the chairman of the board of trustees has the casting vote.
The first holder of this badge of honour is:
Former province deputy prime minister,
Stefan Knafl, who, in his capacity as the first President of the European Senior Citizens’ Union, played a key role in building up and expanding the ESCU from 1990. The badge of honour was awarded during the 4th Congress of the ESCU, which was held in Brussels from
17/10 to 18/10/2001.
New Establishment of the Foundation "Helmut Kohl Golden Badge of Honour" for Services to Europe - in Luxemburg, April 2005.