Statute of the Honorary Medal


1. Honorary Medal

The Hono­rary Medal of Ope­ra­tion Life­sa­ver Esto­nia (hereinaf­ter Hono­rary Medal) has been int­ro­duced on 19 March 2010 and it is dona­ted to the citizens of the Repub­lic of Esto­nia and foreign count­ries who have cont­ri­bu­ted in an outs­tan­ding man­ner in the achie­ve­ment of the sta­tu­tory goals of non-pro­fit orga­ni­sa­tion Ope­ra­tion Life­sa­ver Esto­nia (hereinaf­ter OLE).

  • 1.1 The sta­tu­te of the Hono­rary Medal shall be app­ro­ved by the Gene­ral Mee­ting of OLE.

2. Description of the Honorary Medal

The design of the Hono­rary Medal con­sists of OLE’s logo and the moti­ve of railway level cros­sing signs.

The dia­go­nal of the Hono­rary Medal is 50 mm. The Hono­rary Medal is doub­le-laye­red. In the cent­re of the Medal is a 19 mm sil­ver circ­le on which is dis­played black and red OLE logo that is coated with ena­mel and sur­roun­ded with a red ena­mel circ­le. The circ­le is placed on the Medal pla­te, which is cove­red with red and whi­te ena­mel. The Hono­rary Medal is made of 925 ster­ling sil­ver and coated with hea­ted ena­mel. The metal sur­face between the branc­hes of the Medal is oxi­di­sed and part­ly cancel­la­ted.

The dia­go­nal of the minia­tu­re of the Hono­rary Medal measu­res 20 mm.

The RIBBON of the Hono­rary Medal con­sists of red, black and whi­te stri­pes. The wid­ths of the stri­pes are as fol­lows (from left to right): 4 mm — red, 2 mm — black, 3 mm — whi­te, 2 mm — black, 10 mm — red, 2 mm — black, 3 mm — whi­te, 2 mm — black, 4 mm — red.

3. Rules for Donation

3.1 An Hono­rary Medal can be dona­ted to Esto­nian or foreign citizens who have cont­ri­bu­ted to the deve­lop­ment of railway safe­ty work in Esto­nia during at least 5 years or to per­sons who­se pro­fes­sio­nal acti­vi­ti­es have pre­ven­ted a railway acci­dent or inci­dent with serious con­sequences.

  • 3.2 A deci­sion about the dona­tion of an Hono­rary Medal is made by the Mana­ge­ment Board of OLE (hereinaf­ter Mana­ge­ment Board).[margin10]
    • 3.2.1 The deci­sion is pas­sed by majo­rity vote. If the votes are equal, the deci­si­ve vote shall be cast by the Chair­man of the Mana­ge­ment Board. The Mana­ge­ment Board has a quorum if 2/3 of its mem­bers are pre­sent at the time of voting. The Mana­ge­ment Board appoints a per­son who keeps a record of the Hono­rary Medals dona­ted and arc­hi­ves the res­pec­ti­ve docu­men­ta­tion.
  • 3.3 All the mem­bers of OLE have the right to nomi­na­te can­di­da­tes for the Hono­rary Medal. In addi­tion to that can­di­da­tes can be nomi­na­ted by the Minis­ter of Eco­no­mic Affairs and Com­mu­nica­tions of the Repub­lic of Esto­nia and orga­ni­sa­tions, govern­ment ins­ti­tu­tions and com­pa­nies which have sig­ned with OLE a valid coo­pe­ra­tion cont­ract with the term of at least 5 years.
    3.4 Under nor­mal circums­tances Hono­rary Medals can be dona­ted to up to 5 per­sons each year.
    3.5 App­lica­tion for dona­ting an Hono­rary Medal
  • 3.5.1 The fol­lowing infor­ma­tion shall be pre­sen­ted for each per­son nomi­na­ted as a can­di­da­te for the Hono­rary Medal:[margin10]
    • Name and sur­na­me;
    • Date of birth;
    • Posi­tion (rank) and other rele­vant per­so­nal data;
    • Citizens­hip;
    • Detai­led desc­rip­tion of the rea­sons of nomi­na­tion;
    • Infor­ma­tion about the per­son nomi­na­ting the can­di­da­te.
  • 3.6 As a rule, Hono­rary Medals are dona­ted at OLE’s “Gol­den Level Cros­sing Gates” award cere­mony held during the last week of April each year.
  • 3.7 Under special circums­tances, an Award Medal can be dona­ted fol­lowing the proce­du­re set forth by the Mana­ge­ment Board of OLE.
  • 3.8 The Mem­bers of OLE’s Mana­ge­ment Board can­not be dona­ted an Hono­rary Medal during their ser­vice.
  • 3.9 OLE shall cover all the costs rela­ted to the manu­fac­tu­ring and dona­ting of the Hono­rary Medal, its ribbon, “but­ton” and minia­tu­re.
  • 3.10 The dona­tion of an Hono­rary Medal shall be cer­ti­fied by a res­pec­ti­ve cer­ti­fica­te that is sig­ned by the Chair­man of Mana­ge­ment Board of OLE.

4. Rules for Wearing the Honorary Medal and Rights of the Awardees

  • 4.1 Hono­rary Medals can be worn as deco­ra­tion by the per­sons to whom the Hono­rary Medals have been dona­ted.
  • 4.2 Esto­nian citizens wear the Hono­rary Medal with its ribbon on the left, after Esto­nian sta­te and ins­ti­tu­tio­nal hono­rary deco­ra­tions and befo­re foreign hono­rary deco­ra­tions.
  • 4.3 The Hono­rary Medal awar­dees have the right to wear the “but­ton” of the Hono­rary Medal on the lapel of a suit.
  • 4.4 An Hono­rary Medal comes with a ribbon that can be worn on uni­forms and a minia­tu­re that can be worn on a tuxe­do.
  • 4.5 The awar­dees of the Hono­rary Medal have the right to use the ima­ge of the Hono­rary Medal on their per­so­nal items or link it with their per­so­nal design items wit­hout deg­ra­ding the Hono­rary Medal.
  • 4.6 It is for­bid­den to use the Hono­rary Medal in adver­ti­sing mate­rials and for other pur­po­ses rela­ted to making com­mercial pro­fit.
  • 4.7 The rights rela­ted to the Hono­rary Medal can­not be exten­ded to third per­sons, inc­lu­ding the family mem­bers of awar­dees.

5. Final Provisions

  • 5.1 All Hono­rary Medals are mar­ked with a num­ber.
  • 5.2 All Hono­rary Medal awar­dees shall be ente­red into a special regis­ter kept by OLE.
  • 5.3 An Hono­rary Medal shall not be replaced in the event of dama­ge, dest­ruc­tion and/or loss.
  • 5.4 In the event of awar­dees’ death, the Hono­rary Medal can be the kept as memo­ra­bi­lia by their family mem­bers or friends.