European researcher honoured with first ever Lindh award
The first ever Anna Lindh award has been handed to Dr Helene Sjursen for her research concerning EU security policy.
The CIDEL project focused primarily on the concept of European
citizenship. The project, which officially ended in October
2005 but continues to produce influential bodies of work, was
divided into eight workpackages. Dr Sjursen was involved with
the workpackage entitled "External Security".
The award is named after the slain Swedish Foreign Minister who was attacked while shopping in a Stockholm department store. Ms Lindh was a member of the Swedish Social Democratic party and vocal supporter of Sweden's referendum to join the Euro-zone. Voters rejected the idea just a few days after her murder, despite much debate as to whether voters would be swayed by her death.
During the award ceremonies in Brussels, Commission Vice President
Margot Wallström paid homage to Ms Lindh and her ideals
of integrating peace into a viable security policy.