Award of the Nobel Peace Prize 2012 to the EU:
Lieu: Vienna, Austria
End production: 12/10/2012 First transmission: 12/10/2012
- statement by Martin SCHULZ, EP President
Press Release: Schulz on Nobel Peace Prize: This prize is for all EU citizens
The President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz made the following statement on the European Union winning the Nobel Peace Prize:
"It is a great honour that the EU has won this year's Nobel Peace Prize. This Nobel Peace Prize is for all EU citizens. We in the European Parliament are deeply touched. The European Union has reunified the continent through peaceful means and brought arch enemies together. This historic act of reunification has been rightfully recognised.
The values of human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and the respect for human rights are absolutely fundamental to the European Union. These fundamental values underpin all of the European Union's activities both internally and in our external policies. Several nations are freely negotiating accession to the European Union, a sign that despite challenging economic conditions, the European Union is a magnet for stability, prosperity and democracy.
The EU's principles and values of reconciliation can serve as an inspiration to other regions in the world. From the Balkans to the Caucasus, the EU serves as a beacon for democracy and reconciliation.
On behalf of the European Parliament, we, together with the other EU institutions, look forward to receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo."
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||SOUNDBITE (German): Martin SCHULZ, EP President: That is an historical decision which should encourage the European Union. It shows that a clever Nobel Prize Committee has acknowledge the value of the achievements of our European integration which is so evident for all of us, peace and prosperity and that we do defend those values worldwide, this cannot be valued enough. I see it as an invitation to bring the European integration forward and it is a call to us to build in Europe and not to neglect Europe.
||SOUNDBITE (German): Martin SCHULZ, EP President: (on the role of the EP): I think that the Nobel Prize Committee is aware about the fact that it is the European Parliament that has given efforts to keep a common solidarity on the basis of our common values, this has definitely played a role in taking that decision.