A gay designer has been invited to help choose a new logo for the European Union.

Tony Malone, partner in the UK design agency, Design for Diversity, is one of eleven EU experts chosen to advise on the winning design for a competition launched earlier this year by the European Union to create a logo for the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome.

Mr Malone will help to select the ten most convincing proposals and the best logo.

The year 2007 marks the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. Signed on 25th March 1957, the treaty laid the foundations for today’s peaceful and prosperous European Union.

To celebrate the event, a competition to create the official EU birthday logo was launched by the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions.

Art and design students and design professionals from across the EU have entered the competition. Entries were also invited from designers living in Bulgaria and Romania, countries that will join the EU from January 2007.

Commenting on the invitation, Mr Malone, said: “It is an honour to be asked to advise the EU. The population of the Union is so incredibly diverse, and faces so many different challenges with regards to equality and human rights.

“Being asked to consult as a design practitioner is a great opportunity to help bring people together; something I feel strongly about.”

The final selection will be made by representatives of the EU under the chairmanship of Commission Vice-President Margot Wallström and Vice-President of the European Parliament Alejo Vidal-Quadras.