Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo
On Monday 10th December, the Nobel Peace Prize for 2012 will be formally jointly received at the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony in Oslo by the European Parliament President Martin Schulz, Commission President José Manuel Barroso and the European Council President Herman Van Rompuy. The EU leaders will also be accompanied by four young Europeans, winners of the drawing and writing contest. Watch the Live Webcast on 10th December starting 11.50 am-1.15 pm GMT
On 12 October, the Nobel Peace Prize committee announced its decision that the European Union has been awarded the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize for helping to "transform most of Europe from a continent of war to a continent of peace". The Nobel Peace Prize committee stated: "The union and its forerunners have for over six decades contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe."
Statement by EP President Martin Schulz at the time of the decision announcement (12 October)
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."