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12-12-2012

European Union's Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Strasbourg

A peace prize made possible by the people has now been passed on to the people. The EU won the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize, but the European Parliament believes this honour belongs to everyone.

During a special ceremony in Strasbourg, the prize was symbolically handed over to 20 citizens of different ages and nationalities to represent the people of Europe. "The reason we have peace is because of the EU," EP president Martin Schulz said, reminding that we should not take peace in Europe for granted.


During the ceremony on Wednesday morning, the prize was presented by Mr Schulz, European Commission president José Manuel Barroso and Cyprus presidency representative Andreas Mavroviannis.

"There is no better home for the Nobel Peace Prize than among the elected representatives of the people of Europe," said Mr Schulz after welcoming all the participants, including 10 young winners of the Facebook competition"Peace, Europe, Future."

"In the history of Europe there is not a single day without war somewhere on the continent with people being killed, women raped, children abducted, houses burned and land devastated," he said  "This prize is an honour but also a warning. We must not jeopardise our historical legacy and the peaceful future that awaits our children and grandchildren."

Mr Barroso added:  "Today, being European is being part a common whole built up of values and principles and based on human dignity, freedom andjustice."

The European Parliament also organises an exhibition on the Nobel Prize in the Strasbourg Parliament building.

3 minute clip of ceremony in Oslo
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Video of ceremony in Strasbourg
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Rescreening of EU Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in EPIO Dublin

On Wednesday 12 December the EP Information Office in Ireland held a reception and a rescreening of the Nobel Prize ceremony in Oslo.  This was to mirror the event taking place at the Parliament Plenary session in Strasbourg when the prize was symbolically handed over to 20 citizens of different ages and nationalities to represent the people of Europe.