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Poland unveils its colourful and symbolic logo for upcoming EU presidency

Tuesday, 10 May 2011
On the 1st July Poland will assume the rotating six-month presidency of the European Council, and today the logo for its upcoming spell in the hot seat was unveiled.

EU Trio logos and the new Polish EU Presidency logo (Photos: eutrio.es and thenews.pl)Consisting of six arrow heads directed upwards (perhaps symbolic for growth / progress), the logo was designed by the Polish graphic artist Jerzy Janiszewski, who created the recognisable Solidarność/Solidarity logo which can be seen in the Polish flag flying leftwards above the red arrow.

Presented at a press conference today in Poland by the Prime Minister Donald Tusk, the logo aims to symbolically relate to values of solidarity, competitiveness, cohesion, openness and community spirit – all of which will be especially necessary within the European Union during Poland’s presidency as difficult and important debates on immigration policy and Eurozone rescue packages will no doubt be addressed.

The new logo is somewhat of a break of tradition since the last three holders of the rotating presidency Spain, Belgium and Hungary used a common ‘EU trio’ design with the colour schemes adjusted to their respective country’s flags (see image above left).

That trio of logos was simple, official and gave the impression of solidarity, cooperation and harmonious relationships, so it initially came as a surprise to me to see the Polish presidency to produce such a new design.

Cyprus EU Presidency 2012 logo (Photo: screengrab from cy2012eu.gov.cy)
However, symbolically it is very rich and its colours do make it attracting to the eye, but all hopes it would inspire a new ‘trio’ of images seem to have already been dispelled since Cyprus (third part of the next trio – Poland, Denmark, Cyprus) appear to already have their presidency logo – an outline of the country overlaid by a transparent golden star as seen on the European flag (as shown left in a screengrab from the Cypriot Presidency's website).

UPDATE 30/06/11:

I'm indebted to @VK who in comments below has brought my attention to a competition the Cypriot presidency is in the process of concluding for an official logo for their EU presidency that begins on 1st July 2012. Therefore the picture above left is not the official logo. According to this statement, 97 entries were received and the 'Selection Committee' has since met to choose the best entries which will be sent to the President of the Cypriot Republic who will have the final say. In that case, perhaps their official logo will be unveiled soon...


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7 Comment(s):
Blogger Grahnlaw said...
Sadly, only Spain and Belgium used the eutrio.xy logo, Hungary breaking ranks. Now Poland is going to follow in the footsteps of Hungary, with an old mold web address.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
It is not true what you write. Hungary is using the eutrio.hu logo and website.
Check www.eutrio.hu

Blogger Andrew said...
@Anonymous: That is what I have written in my text, please read: "the last three holders of the rotating presidency Spain, Belgium and Hungary used a common ‘EU trio’ design with the colour schemes adjusted to their respective country’s flags". I believe you're instead referring to the comment left by @Grahnlaw.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Yes, exactly, I am referring to Grahnlaw. Sorry for not being clear. Your article is just great and thank for it. I just wanted to correct the previous comment.

Blogger Andrew said...
That's quite alright, thanks for your comment. Glad you like the blog - hope you find plenty that interests you on it :-)

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Sure I do!
Well done! (and glory Man Utd!) :)

Blogger VK said...
Hi! Quick question... you haven't updated that article since May 10th right?

I ask because Cyprus is currently holding a competition for their EU presidency logo (deadline was 27th May). But they're being ridiculously hush-hush about the whole thing and aren't keeping us informed of what's going on, whether they've chosen anything or not.

So I'm kind of hoping that that is NOT the logo they've chosen :)

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