Nobel Peace Prize for 2012 to the European Union
The EJ welcomes the awarding of the Nobel Peace
Prize for 2012 to the European Union.
welcomes the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2012 to the European Union.
We fully support the recognition of the Norwegian Nobel committee that the
European Union "for over six decades contributed to the advancement of
peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe". This
decision is also a tribute to the Founding Fathers like Konrad Adenauer, Alcide
De Gasperi, Robert Schuman and all the other personalities that since the
beginning of the European unification, in times of hardship and prosperity,
devoted themselves to the development of the unique European project.
In this way
the efforts of the pioneers of the European integration have been recognized by
the awarding of the world’s most prestigious acknowledgment. They undoubtedly
deserve it for their passion and determination to start the project and to
serve the best interests of the European peoples and citizens.
they dreamed of is our present today. It was not an easy job to begin and
implement step by step the European integration, but each step was a stone in
the house of peace.
never forget that the decision to build a common European home was inspired by
the tragic experiences of two bloody world wars. The determination to overcome
the mistakes of the past and to learn the lessons of reconciliation and peace
gave birth to the European idea and this is a legacy we must preserve at any
price if this project is to succeed. It was the Franco-German reconciliation
which laid the cornerstone of European unification and the basis for
sustainable peace in the troubled Old Continent.
dissolution of the Soviet empire it was the European Union that immediately
gave a helping hand to the Eastern countries and afterwards welcomed them in
our common European home, thus extending freedom, democracy, human right and prosperity to millions of people behind
the old iron curtain.
At the same
time, in this day of joy, we need to keep advocating for a European Union
that should not develop into a
”bureaucratic monster”. We stand for broader citizens’ participation and
democratic legitimacy of the European institutions, for stronger guarantees for
media freedom which even now, nearly six decade since the birth of the EU,
appear to be under attack here and there. We are sure that the European
citizens will be in favor of the necessary transfer of more national sovereign
powers to a European level if this is done within the framework of the European
value system and identities.
awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize is a timely reminder that even in deep crisis
the EU remains the crucial guardian of peace and prosperity in Europe and an
inspiring model for the rest of the world where strife and conflicts are
welcomes the awarding of the Nobel Peace
Prize to European Union as homage paid to the history and to achievements of
great goals in favor of peace, freedom, democracy and human rights and at the
same time considers it an incentive to continue the efforts towards a stronger
European Union which not only promotes the well-being of its citizens but also
serves as a reliable guarantee of stability and peace worldwide.
Paolo Magagnotti Rotger
H. Kindermann Vassil
EJ President EJ
Executive Committee member