Mario Draghi receives the Gold Medal of the Foundation

Gold medal of the Foundation – 4th May 2017

On May 4th 2017, the President of the Foundation, Pat Cox, awarded the president of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi with the Foundation’s Gold Medal. This award aims to recognize a major figure of the current European scene. Mario Draghi, leading his institution with vision and pragmatism, has worked towards the preservation and development of a consolidated Europe during a particularly challenging period. President Draghi visited the Foundation and its archives before the ceremony.

The awarding of the Foundation’s Gold Medal received extensive media coverage

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We had a full house. More than 500 people gathered to welcome and congratulate president Draghi. The awarding ceremony started with the European anthem performed by a magnificent flute and piano duo that would delight during the musical interludes.

Following the speeches of the rector of the University Rector and of representatives of the public authorities, the president of the Foundation continued by giving the laudatory speech in which he elaborated upon the reasons for choosing the laureate. After the awarding, Mario Draghi delivered a conference proposing a major role to the “Monnet method” and stressing its historical and current importance in today’s Europe.

Opening of the ceremony



Words of Nouria Hernandez, Rector of the University of Lausanne



Words of Grégoire Junod, Mayor of the City of Lausanne



Words of Pierre-Yves Maillard, President of the State Council of the canton of Vaud



Words of Thomas J. Jordan, Chairman of the Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank



Musical interlude: Humoresque by Dvoràk



Laudatory speech by Pat Cox, President of the Jean Monnet Foundation for Europe


Awarding of the Gold Medal to Mario Draghi



Musical interlude: Sicilienne by Fauré



Conference by Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank


Concluding words bax Pat Cox



The flute and piano performing duo accompanying the ceremony were David Cusin and Joëlle Rapin.