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Nobel Peace Prize 2012 awarded to European Union – Press pack

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The EU has received the 2012 award for advancing 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 EU has played in transforming most of Europe from a continent of war to a continent of peace.

The EU’s most important achievement, according to the committee, has been "the successful struggle for peace and reconciliation and for democracy and human rights". The work of the EU represents "fraternity between nations" and amounts to a form of the "peace congresses" cited by Alfred Nobel as criteria for the Peace Prize in his 1895 will.

The EU decided to dedicate the Nobel Peace Prize money to children who are denied the chance of growing up in peace and to double the Nobel award (€930,000), to €2 million. As a result, more than 28,000 children have so far benefited from the four emergency-education projects selected last year.

As a lasting political legacy of the Nobel Peace Prize, and as a targeted tool for education in conflict zones, the EU will continue this initiative in the years to come. For 2013, the EU has again doubled the resources and attributed a further €4 million to cover both the existing and new projects.

 

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IN THIS PRESS PACK

Award ceremony

Fastfacts

Background information

Audiovisual material

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PRESS RELEASES AND STATEMENTS

EU Children of Peace: a lasting legacy of the Nobel Peace Prize supporting thousands of children worldwide

European Union received the Nobel Peace Prize

Toast at the traditional Nobel Banquet on behalf of the European Union by President Herman Van Rompuypdf

“From war to peace: a European tale” - Address by Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council & José Manuel Durão Barroso, President of the European Commission

Remarks by President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy at the press conference at the Nobel Institute in Oslopdf

Statement by President Barroso on the Nobel Peace Prize

Nobel Prize: "your peace, your prize"


PRESS CONTACTS FOR THE EU

European Council
Preben AAMANN
Deputy Spokesperson of the President of the European Council
+32 476 850 543
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Isabelle BRUSSELMANS
Head of AV sector, General Secretariat of the Council of the EU
+32 475 75 34 06
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European Commission
Pia AHRENKILDE HANSEN
Spokeswoman of the Commission
+32 498 953 070
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Leonor RIBEIRO DA SILVA
Deputy Spokeswoman of the Commission
+32 498 981 669
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European Parliament
Armin MACHMER
Spokesman of the President of the European Parliament
+32 479 97 11 98
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Jaume DUCH
European Parliament Spokesman
+32 496 59 94 76
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WHO RECEIVED THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE ON BEHALF OF THE EUROPEAN UNION?


> Read more about who received the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the European Unionpdf Choose translations of the previous link 

 


DESTINATION OF THE PRIZE MONEY AND THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE MEDAL

  • The European Union has decided to grant the Nobel Peace Prize monetary award to projects that support children in conflict zones 
    The EU decided to double the Nobel award (€930,000), to €2 million. For 2013, the EU has again doubled the resources and attributed a further €4 million to cover both the existing and new projects. More about the projects being funded.
  • The Nobel Peace Prize Medal will be housed by the House of European History
    The House of History is a new project of the European Parliament in Brussels. It will house the Nobel Peace Prize Medal in its future permanent exhibition. The House of European History will, in putting the Nobel Peace Prize medal on display, make it available to all European citizens in its permanent exhibition and will preserve it for future generations.


> Read more about the destination of the Prize Money and the Nobel Peace Prize Medalpdf Choose translations of the previous link 

 


YOUTH CONTEST “PEACE, EUROPE, FUTURE”

On the occasion of the award of the Nobel Peace prize to the European Union, a drawing and writing contest for 8-24 years olds was organised by the EU institutions, in partnership with the European Youth Forum. The four winners were invited by the Presidents of the European Council, the European Commission and the European Parliament to be part of the official delegation of the European Union that travelled to Oslo to receive the Peace Prize.

> Read more about the Youth contest “Peace, Europe, Future”pdf Choose translations of the previous link 

 


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