3rd Dec 2020

Austrian EU logo gets Estonian colours wrong

The official logo of the Austrian 2006 EU presidency has depicted the colours of the Estonian flag in the wrong order, according to Austrian press reports.

Instead of blue, black and white - the colours appear in the logo in a different order: black, blue and white.

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"The colours are clearly in the wrong order," admitted the spokesman of the Austrian EU presidency Nikolas Johannes Donig and blamed the mistake on the designer of the logo.

The Estonian EU embassy in Brussels reacted relaxed over the lapse.

"We are not taking it personally and are not going to launch a protest," said Annika Jorisson from the EU mission to the Austrian daily Der Standard.

"After all the logo is a piece of art, we understand that," she added.

The logo for the 2006 Austrian presidency of the EU is the work of Dutch designer Rem Koolhaas.

It reassembles the colours of the EU countries' flags in a "bar code" with the flags of the EU-25, arranged according to the geographical location of the Member States from West (left) to East (right).

The Dutch OMA/AMO team producing the logo said the mistake had been discovered though no changes were made. "The logo has a status that goes beyond the order of the stripes and has an autonomous symbolic significance", the Austrian daily Der Standard quoted the artistic team saying.

The bar code was used recently in an EU exhibition in Brussels entitled "the images of Europe" without any notice taken of the Estonian colours. The exhibition was jointly sponsored by the European Commission and the Dutch Presidency.

For weeks, the brightly coloured circus top stood on Schuman roundabout - at the very heart of Brussels' European district - prompting several jokes about the EU and its similiarity to a circus.

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