2012 Nobel Peace Prize®: extracts from the common press conference by Herman van Rompuy, José Manuel Barroso, Martin Schulz and Thorbjørn Jagland, Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 09/12/2012 First transmission: 09/12/2012
On 9 December 2012, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council, Martin Schulz, President of the EP, and Thorbjørn Jagland, Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, gave a press conference on the Nobel Peace Prize 2012, in Oslo.
The European Union received the 2012 award for advancing the causes of peace, reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe. In its announcement on 12 October 2012, 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.
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||Soundbite by Thorbjørn Jagland, Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, (in ENGLISH): There has been a lot of discussions during all the years. There has been lot of conflicts, disputes, even dramas, but it is clear that the European Union has been a continuous peace congress. The disputes and dramas have never led to war. On the contrary, they have led to compromises.
||Soundbite by Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council, (in ENGLISH): Europe is going through a difficult period. We are working hard, jointly as a Union and in all individual Member States, to overcome these problems. I'm sure we will succeed. We will come out of this time of uncertainty and recession, stronger than we were before.
Our history proves that we have enough strength and resilience to keep going forward in a spirit of responsibility and solidarity. We want Europe to become again a symbol of hope.
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, (in ENGLISH): Being here to jointly receive this award on behalf of the European Union is an honour and a humbling experience. This is an award for the European project for the EU people, for the institutions - that day after day, for the last sixty years, have built a new Europe. It is a good moment to remind ourselves of what the European Union has done. It brings lasting peace between former enemies who fought many devastating wars on the continent including two World Wars; it brings lasting freedom, justice and democracy for 500 million people, including for so many that lived under dictatorship and totalitarian regimes not so long ago and it does so in a unique manner by creating a political system that brings us together across national borders in a supranational community through the sharing of sovereignty.
||Soundbite by Martin Schulz, President of the EP, (in ENGLISH): I understand the price we got as the European Union also as a warning, another famous personality receiving a Nobel price of Literature, the German writer, Thomas Mann, who describes his family with three generations, the founders, the generation of those who administrate it, and the third generation who gamble with the heritage. I do not want to belong to the third generation, and I understand it as a warning, as an alert, stick to what the founding fathers created or the administrators continued with and don't play with the legacy.
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): In spite of the crisis and all the difficulties and all the debates, and sometimes different views amongst 27 countries, at the beginning, not all can agree. The reality is that so far, since the beginning of this crisis, all the steps that have been taken in favour of more, not less integration. More competence for the European level, more integration, the creation of the European Stability Mechanism that is a very important firewall, comparable only to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in terms of financial capacity, more rules for integrated governance for the euro area and many other decisions are part of the efforts that Member States are taken in terms of structural reforms, in terms of correction of the imbalances in public finances. So, it shows that there is a commitment to go further to a more integrated Economic and Monetary Union (EMU).