Wednesday, November 21, 2007


BANJA LUKA, Bosnia (November 21,2007) – The Bosnian Pan-European Party organised in Banja Luka yesterday the celebration of the 95th birthday of the Honorary President of the International Pan-European Party Archduke Otto von Habsburg.

Besides the Archduke, this ceremony was also attended by several members of his family, representatives of European Union institutions, representatives of the Bosnian authorities, the diplomatic corps and Pan-Europeans from Bosnia and other countries.

Banja Luka Bishop Franjo Komaric, the Bosnian Pan-European Party President Franjo Topic, representatives of the Bosnian Governmennt and the Archduke spoke at the ceremony.

Archduke Habsburg has been always politically active and conscious of the creation of a united Europe.

Otto, Crown Prince of Austria or Otto von Habsburg was born on 20 November 1912.He has been the head of the Habsburg family since 1922 and is the eldest son of Charles, the last Emperor of Austria and last King of Hungary.

Between 1976 and 2004 he was the President the International Pan-European Union and he is the Honorary President of the Union today. He was also declared an honorary citizen of the Bosnian capital Sarajevo last year.