Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva has been named the 2014 Central European University Open Society Prize winner. She has cancelled her trip to Budapest to speak at the CEU Commencement ceremony and receive the award due to the floods which claimed lives in Bulgaria. She will be travelling to the affected areas instead.
The CEU Open Society Prize is awarded to an outstanding individual whose achievements have contributed substantially to the creation of an open society. Sir Karl Popper received the first prize in 1994, followed by Vaclav Havel, Arpad Goncz, Ricardo Lagos, Carla Del Ponte, Kofi Annan, Javier Solana, Richard C. Holbrooke and others. “I am deeply honored to receive this award and, indeed, humbled to be joining such an illustrious group,” said Commissioner Georgieva.
“In my work as a European Commissioner I have always tried to provide a voice for those who cannot be heard in the corridors of power. So today I dedicate this prize to them – to the women and children and men who, through no fault of their own, find themselves in the firing line of the worst that nature can throw at them and the evil that man is capable of committing against the most vulnerable members of society,” the Commissioner explained.