Peter Eigen, founder of Transparency International and Chairman of the EITI, received the prestigious Gustav-Heinemann Citizen Award 2007 of the German Social Democratic Party on 17 December 2007. The award is given yearly to individuals or organisations that have made significant contributions towards a free and just society.
In his speech, former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, praised Eigen’s anti-corruption work and referred to him as a “global citizen” who served the world. Corruption, he said, was a basic problem for good governance and sustainable development.
Speeches were also made by Peer Steinbrück, Federal Minister of Finances, and Henning Scherff, former Mayor of Bremen.