• H.M. King Simeon II of Bulgaria Joins Gold Mercury Advisory Board
  • H.M. King Simeon II of Bulgaria Joins Gold Mercury Advisory Board
  • H.M. King Simeon II of Bulgaria Joins Gold Mercury Advisory Board
  • H.M. King Simeon II of Bulgaria Joins Gold Mercury Advisory Board

H.M. King Simeon II of Bulgaria Joins Gold Mercury Advisory Board

H.M. King Simeon II of Bulgaria and former Prime Minister of Bulgaria (2001-2005) has joined the Gold Mercury International Advisory Board. King Simeon has been a crucial actor in the Bulgarian transition to a full democracy and to join the European Union and NATO.

Eduardo De Santis, Chairman and Founder of Gold Mercury said:

“It is a historic honour to have one of Europe’s most historic and charismatic figures in our board. HM King Simeon II has done and continues to do so much for Europe and for Bulgaria’s democracy and progress”.

H.M. King Simeon II will also act as a BRAND EU Ambassador for Gold Mercury. Brand EU is Gold Mercury’s Centre to advance the image and identity of Europe in the world.

King Simeon II is one of the last three living heads of state from the Second World War, the last man in the world to hold the title of ‘Tsar’ and one of the only monarchs in history to be democratically elected as head of state. On April 6, 2001 Simeon II proclaimed his decision to return for good and to contribute actively to the country’s revival, by employing the experience and contacts he had amassed in exile. In a historic address to the Bulgarian nation he proclaimed his intention to form a new political entity – the National Movement Simeon II (NMSII) – dedicated to high political morale and integrity. As the leader of the Movement, after overcoming the stumbling blocks on the way to registering the Movement in court, the Bulgarian King joined the parliamentary elections on June 17, 2001.

In 2001, after a landslide victory for the NMSII, Simeon II Saxe-Coburg Gotha was sworn in as Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria on July 24, 2001. He completed a successful 4-year term of office in a government coalition with the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) – the first post-communist cabinet to end its mandate with enhanced public approval. During the term of the NMSII governance, Bulgaria attained the strategic national ideals of joining NATO and signing the Treaty of Accession to the European Union.

His government –consisting primarily of technocrats and western-educated politicians- has been viewed as one of the more stable ones in Bulgaria’s recent history with the country acceding to NATO and Simeon receiving the Path to Peace award in 2002.

Simeon II Saxe-Coburg Gotha has been decorated with more than 30 other distinctions, including the highest class of the Royal and Distinguished Spanish Order of Carlos III, the Grand Officer class of the French Legion of Honor, the Belgian Grand Cross of the Order of Leopold II, the Islamic Grand Cross of the Order of Independence of Jordan, the Greek Grand Cross of the Saviour, the Grand Cross of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, the Grand Cross of the Order of Malta, Kinght of the Order of the Golden Fleece, Knight Grand-Cross of Honour and Devotion, as well as with the highest classes of a number of European Dynastic orders.

For the full version of his CV, visit our Leadership page.

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  • Gold Mercury Chairman Attends Euroamerica Foundation Anniversary
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Attends Euroamerica Foundation Anniversary

Gold Mercury Chairman Attends Euroamerica Foundation Anniversary

Gold Mercury Chairman, Eduardo De Santis, attended the XV anniversary celebrations of the EuroAmerica Foundation.

The Event was presided by H.R.H Prince Felipe of Asturias, and future King Felipe VI of Spain. Prince Felipe stressed the point that Spain is a European nation with a great Latin-American identity and a universal outlook. H.R.H Prince Felipe also thanked the foundation for the work developed in the last fifteen years to develop stronger ties between Spain, Europe and Latin America in the areas of business, politics and education.

The ceremony was attended also by numerous political and business figures including José Manuel García-Margallo, Spanish foreign minister, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, President of the EuroAmerica Foundation and César Alierta, President of Telefónica.

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  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic
  • Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic

Gold Mercury Chairman Eduardo De Santis Receives “Order of the Italian Star” from the Presidency of the Republic

Eduardo De Santis, Chairman and Founder of Gold Mercury International, has received a new recognition from the President of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano. Mr De Santis has been awarded the ‘Order of the Italian Star’ (Ordine della Stella d'Italia - OSI) for his services to Italy.

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The ‘Order of the Italian Star’ is Italy’s oldest national honour and was established by the Italian Republic in 1947 soon after the end of the Second World War. The ‘Order of the Italian Star’ recognises the Italian Republic’s gratitude and solidarity for the efforts and services made towards the reconstruction of the nation, the preservation of national prestige abroad, as well as cooperation with other countries.

The Order is presented to both Italian expatriates and foreign nationals who have made an outstanding contribution to the Italian Republic after World War II. Other recipients of the Order include: Henry Cabot Lodge, American Ambassador to the UN; President John F. Kennedy, former President of the U.S.A; Russian composer Igor Stravinsky and Italo-American legend Frank Sinatra.

The Award Ceremony was held at the Italian Embassy in Madrid and was hosted by the Italian Ambassador, H.E. Pietro Sebastiani who presented the medal of the Order to Commander Eduardo De Santis, with kind words from H.E. Italian President Napolitano.

The ceremony was attended by Mr De Santis’ family and friends as well as several Board Members of Gold Mercury International, including Enrique Barón Crespo, former President of the European Parliament; Aldo Olcese, President of Fincorp and Francisco Luzón, former Director General Santander LATAM. Other guests included former Club of Rome President Ricardo Díez-Hochleitner; Father Lezama of the Lezama Foundation; Andrea Brentan, CEO of Endesa; former Italian Ambassador Vanni D’archirafi and painter Sofia Gandarias.

“My most sincere thanks to the President of the Republic Napolitano for awarding me with this prestigious honour. I also want to recognise and praise here today your recent gesture to serve for Italy again. You are truly a great Italian,” 

said Eduardo De Santis on receiving the Order from the President of the Republic.

Mr Eduardo De Santis is already Commander of the Italian Republic (Commendatore della Repubblica Italiana), an honour presented to him in 1972 by the then President H.E. Giovanni Leone.

 

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