Ireland’s former EU research Commissioner receives French government’s highest honour
In a ceremony today in Brussels, the French Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research Geneviève Fioraso awarded Mrs Geoghegan-Quinn’s with France’s highest honour. In a speech during the ceremony, Mrs Fioraso highlighted the “remarkable contribution to the EU project” of Ireland’s former EU research, innovation and science commissioner.
The role of Mrs Geoghegan-Quinn in setting-up Horizon 2020 was essential said Mrs Fioraso. “This programme will be a central driver for the economic recovery process in Europe as it will create both high-skilled jobs and new goods and services” said Mrs Fioraso.
Established by Napoléon Bonaparte in 1802, the Legion d’Honneur is a French order established to reward eminent merits. It is the highest decoration in France.
Previous Irish personalities awarded the Legion d’Honneur include human rights activist Mary Lawlor, former Attorney General and EU Commissioner Peter Sutherland and former minister for foreign affairs David Andrews.