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The  Jury of  the Natali Prize  met in  Brussels on 14  September 1995. Vice-
President   Manuel Marin  was presiding. The  jury has  decided to award  the
1994  Natali Prize  to M.  P. SAINATH  for a  series of  articles  related to
development and poverty as well as working and living conditions of the  most
vulnerable social  groups in India, published throughout a year in the indian
newspaper "The Times of India".

The  jury particularly appreciated the  professional qualities of the laureat
in  the  description of  extremely  difficult  situations  of  daily life  of
certain social  groups of  the population. In  the opinion  of the jury,  the
articles of M.  Sainath have allowed a  better knowledge of  different social
and even personal  realities in a way that  confronts public opinion with the
question of respect of fundamental rights.


Mr. P. Sainath is a Bombay-based journalist in his mid-40s. 

A scholar of  international studies from  Jawahar Lal  Nehru university,  New
Delhi, Mr. Sainath  started his journalistic career  in the mid 1970s  in the
news agency  United News  of India. He  then moved  to the political  tabloid
Blitz.  He worked for  Blitz for 12 years  and became  Deputy Editor. Shortly
after  leaving Blitz  Mr. Sainath was  awarded the Times  of India fellowship
two years  ago. For the Times  of India  he did a  series on "Face  of Indian
Poverty"  under this  fellowship which  ended  last year.  Currently he  is a
freelance journalist  and writes mainly on  development issues.  He is highly
respected in the profession.

MEMO : The Natali Prize for Journalism

In memory  of the late  Lorenzo Natali, once  Vice-President of  the European
Commission,  with special  responsibility  for development  cooperation,  the
Commission organizes the Lorenzo Natali Prize for Journalism.

Articles on development and  cooperation in one of the  official languages of
the  European Union, which  appeared in a  newspaper or  magazine anywhere in
the world, may be entered for the Natali Prize.

Articles   written  by   personnel  presently   working   in  the   Community
Institutions may not be entered for the Natali Prize.

The jury  will be  looking in  particular for  articles which  stand out  for
their defence of human rights and democracy as  vital aspects of economic and
social development.

The Lorenzo Natali Prize is worth ECU 5 000.


Born in 1922, married with two daughters, died in Rome on 29 August 1990.

In 1944 he joined the Italian partisan forces.
Decorated for valour on the battlefield.
Wounded in action.

Deputy for the Abruzzi constituency in seven successive Parliaments.
Member of the national council of the Christian Democratic Party.

He occupied  many government  posts, first  as under-secretary  to the  Prime
Minister,  then  to  the  Minister  for  Finance  and  the  Minister  for the

He  subsequently occupied  the  posts  of  Minister  for  Merchant  Shipping,
Minister for Tourism and Cultural Events and Minister for Public Works.

As Minister  for Agriculture  he  played an  active part  in the  Council  of
Ministers of the European Communities,  directing work on agriculture  during
the Italian Presidency.

In November 1976 Italy appointed him to the Commission.

From 6 January 1977 to  5 January 1981 he was Commission  Vice-President with
special responsibility for  enlargement, the environment, nuclear  safety and
relations with the European Parliament.

In the course of  his duties, he contributed to the successful  completion of
the negotiations  for Greece's  accession and  to the  start of  negotiations
with Portugal and Spain.

He also  contributed to the implementation  of important  measures to prevent
pollution and improve the quality of life.

From 6 January 1981 to  5 January 1985 he was Commission  Vice-President with
special   responsibility    for   Mediterranean   policy,   enlargement   and

From 6 January 1985 to  6 January 1989 he was Commission  Vice-President with
special responsibility for development cooperation.


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