WRR member Ernst Hirsch Ballin made Officier dans l’ordre de la Légion d’Honneur

On Thursday, 30 October 2014, Council member Professor Ernst Hirsch Ballin was made an Officer of the National Order of the Legion of Honour by the French ambassador to the Netherlands, Laurent Pic.

The President of the French Republic decided to award this honour to Professor Hirsch Ballin for his important contribution to the good relations between France and the Netherlands. Professor Hirsch Ballin, a former member of the Dutch Lower and Upper Houses, Minister of Justice and Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, has throughout his career demonstrated his close attachment to France, French culture and values. He was one of the most active partners during the French presidency of the EU in 2008. He also played an important role in strengthening Franco-Dutch relations in the field of judicial cooperation.