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Europe - 20.09.2006
Jacques Delors gives his name to Committee of the Regions'headquarters.
The new name of the headquarters of the Committee of the Regions and the Economic and Social Committee in Brussels will be the Jacques Delors building.
The official ceremony took place on 18 September and was attended by the president of the Committee of the Regions Michel Delebarre, his Economic and Social Committee counterpart Anne-Marie Sigmund, and the former president of the European Commission (1985-95) Jacques Delors.
Jacques Delors praised the two committees for addressing today's big society issues; he ended his speech saying that the new plaque bearing his name at the entrance of the building should have included the following sentence: "Here is the heart of participative democracy, on behalf of proximity, expertise and citizen's influence: the soul and the flesh of European integration.