09/12/2012 - 11/12/2012
Where: Brussels, Belgium
Topic: Institutional affairs
Organiser: European Commission
The European Union receives the 2012 award for advancing for over six decades the causes of peace, reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe. In its announcement on 12 October, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said its decision was based on the stabilising role the European Union has played in transforming most of Europe from a continent of war to a continent of peace.
The prize will be conferred in Oslo on 10 December. Like all winners, the European Union will receive the prize from the chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee. The European Union will be represented by the President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission and the President of the European Parliament. The traditional Nobel lecture, on behalf of the EU, will be given by President Van Rompuy and President Barroso. Four young Europeans, winners of the online contest organised by the EU, will be joining the EU Delegation in Oslo to collect the prize.
The European Union will give the award money (€930,000) to projects supporting children who are victims of war and conflicts.
Live transmission of the event will be available on Europe by Satellite and on the Newsroom web page on the Nobel Peace Prize, where you will also find the full press pack and a detailed programme of the events.