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László Andor Receives French Legion of Honor


László Andor, Hungary’s European Commissioner, has been decorated with the Legion of Honor by French President Francois Hollande, reported news agency MTI. László Andor is currently in charge of employment, welfare and social inclusion in the Europen Union.

President Hollande recognized Mr. Andor’s effort in mitigating the negative social effects of the economic crisis and for successfully promoting the European social model. The official awarding document also emphasized the importance of László Andor’s work, naming his area of expertise to be among the important issues of France in the coming 5 year EU cycle. The press release also quoted László Andor himself, who hails the Legion of Honor a signification recognition of his work.

László Andor, born 1966 in Zalaegerszeg, is a Hungarian economist and currently the Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion in the Barroso II administration of the European Commission, effective until October 31. Between 2005 and l 2010 he was a Member of the Board of Directors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), representing the Central European interests. (MTI)