The European Gendarmerie Force insignia are based on symbolic matching figures representing military status, judicial authority, European mythology, and EUROGENDFOR Member States.
The escutcheon, in the traditional Iberian shape, is set on a field of azure with a bordure, depicting in chief the uppercase word “EUROGENDFOR”. In the fess point, argent, an arming sword, hilted, the point in chief, emblem of military honour, liberty, and strength. On top of the sword, argent, a flaming grenade, traditional indication of the military roots of the Gendarmerie Forces. Dexter of the sword, argent, a laurel branch shaped as a wreath, symbol of the civilian status of EUROGENDFOR; sinister of the sword, argent, an oak branch shaped as a wreath symbolising its military status. In the base, gold, extending dexter to sinister, the uppercase motto “LEX PACIFERAT”, which means “The Law shall bring Peace”. The motto underlines the strict link between the enforcement of the rule of law and the restoring of a safe and secure environment, a cornerstone of EUROGENDFOR’s commitment.
A first version of the EUROGENDFOR logo (central grenade on a vertical sword and surrounded by twelve stars) was adopted on 6 September 2005 during the CIMIN meeting held in Vicenza (Italy). The logo was changed to its current form in 2007, when the EUROGENDFOR Member States agreed on the removal of the twelve stars.
In December 2009, during the CIMIN meeting held in Versailles (France), a low visibility badge was adopted to be used in certain missions.
Blue, whose heraldic meaning is truth and loyalty, is also Europe’s official colour.
Gold and silver are noble metals according to the range of heraldic enamels. Additionally yellow or gold symbolises generosity and elevation of the mind, while silver means peace and sincerity.
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