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».
For the original EU communiqué, reactions of EU leaders and video reports on the history of the European project (LIVE Nobel Peace Prize® 2012, We care we act, Europe, from war to peace, Schuman: 60 years of peace in Europe, So similar, so different, so European (Hidden treasures of Europe), From the fall of the Berlin wall to the EU10 Enlargement), go to the following link:
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 European Union is the 21st international organisation to win the award since 1901.
The prize was conferred in Oslo on 10 December. Like all winners, the EU received the prize from the chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee. The EU was 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, was given by Presidents Van Rompuy and Barroso. Four young Europeans, winners of the online contest organised by the EU (see below) joined the EU Delegation in Oslo to collect the prize.
The EU will give the award money (€930,000) to projects supporting children who are victims of war and conflicts.
To mark the award, the EU institutions and the European Youth Forum organised a contest asking young people to explain what peace in Europe means to them.
Children aged 8 to 12 were asked to send their answer in the form of a drawing; 13 to 24 year olds in the form of a short text. Around 5400 entries were sent and the winners were chosen by a jury, chaired by comic book author Jean Van Hamme, and by the public voting on Facebook.
- Ana Fanlo Vicente, 12, Spain [216 KB]
- Elena Nicoletta Garbujo, 16, Italy [24 KB]
- Ilona Zielkowska, 21, Poland [37 KB]
- Larkin Zahra, 23, Malta. [24 KB]
The four winners were part of the official delegation of the European Union in Oslo to receive this year’s Peace Prize. They attended the official ceremony on 10 December and the Nobel Peace Prize concert on 11 December.