On 9 May, the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, will be awarded with the Charles V European Award at the Royal Monastery of Yuste in Spain - President to donate the monetary prize of EUR 30 000 to the people affected by the earthquakes in central Italy
On Wednesday, 9 May, the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, will travel to Yuste in the Spanish region of Extremadura to receive from King Felipe VI of Spain the Charles V European Award which has been conferred on him by the European Academy of Yuste Foundation.
The jury decided to award him this prestigious accolade in honour of his ‘25 years of political commitment to the European Union and its institutions, which are guarantors of peace, democracy, human rights, equality and solidarity’.
‘On the day of my election as President of the European Parliament my immediate thoughts were with the people affected by the earthquakes in central Italy. Almost one and a half years later, I have not forgotten them: I have decided to donate the monetary prize of EUR 30 000 with which the Charles V European Award is endowed to the people of the cities of central Italy, Arquata del Tronto, Norcia and Accumoli who lost their loved ones, their homes, their jobs and their businesses in the earthquakes which struck between 24 August and 30 October 2016,’ President Tajani said prior to his departure for Madrid.
‘A lot more than EUR 30 000 will be needed to provide the areas affected by the earthquakes consistent, effective support in the long run. My donation is therefore a gesture of solidarity which is designed to draw attention to the plight of the people concerned. In recent months, they have felt forgotten and abandoned to a fate in which every day brings new problems and sacrifices,’ Tajani added.
The jury emphasised that ‘in the many posts he has held in the European Parliament and the European Commission, Antonio Tajani has always worked for a more competitive Europe which stands for a model of sustainable and strategic growth. He has also been at the forefront of the fight against terrorism, in an effort to guarantee EU citizens a greater degree of security and win back their faith in the European institutions at a difficult time, while defending the rule of law’.
Past winners include Jacques Delors, Wilfried Martens, Felipe González, Mikhail Gorbachev, Helmut Kohl, Simone Veil and José Manuel Barroso.
The award ceremony will be chaired by His Majesty the King of Spain, Felipe VI, and will be held at the Monastery of Yuste, where Emperor Charles V lived in the years leading up to his death in 1558.
The evening before (Tuesday, 8 May), Mr Tajani will be received at the Palace of Moncloa in Madrid by the Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, for a meeting which will focus on the current negotiations on the EU budget and the reforms required at European level. Earlier in the day, President Tajani will participate at a conference entitled “How to combat fake news in Europe”, organized with the LENA group, in the “Círculo de Bellas Artes” together with the Vice-president of the Spanish Government Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, and the Director of El Pais Juan Luis Cebrián. In the afternoon, President Tajani will join an open dialogue with representatives of the Spanish cultural industry, in the framework of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, in the premises of the European Parliament office in Madrid.
The Charles V European Award honours organisations, eminent persons, projects or initiatives which, through their work and commitment, have contributed to awareness and to the dissemination of European values in the cultural, social, scientific and historical fields and to the European integration process.
The European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation received 41 nominations for the award from 32 organisations in eight EU Member States: Austria, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Finland, France, Italy and Portugal. The winner of the award, which is now in its 12th year, was nominated by the Spanish Foreign Minister and by CEU San Pablo University.
The jury comprised Guillermo Fernández-Vara, Prime Minister of the Region of Extremadura and President of the European Academy of Yuste Foundation; Pilar Blanco-Morales, Deputy Prime Minister of the Region of Extremadura; Rebeca Grynspan, Secretary-General of the Ibero-American Conference; the academic Carmen Iglesias; Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the European Committee of the Regions; the academic Ursula Lehr; Blanca Martín Delgado, President of the Regional Assembly of Extremadura; the historian Manuela Mendonça; Segundo Píriz, Rector of the University of Extremadura; and Sofia Corradi, Jacques Delors and Marcelino Oreja, former winners of the award.
The Monastery of Yuste is situated in the small village which today is known as Cuacos de Yuste (formerly San Yuste or San Just) in the province of Cáceres, which is part of the Autonomous Community of Extremadura. The monastery was founded in 1402 by monks from the Order of San Girolamo. In 1556, Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor, withdrew to the monastery after abdicating from the Spanish throne. Charles V died on 21 September 1558. He was interred in the monastery church and his remains were subsequently transferred to the Monastery of El Escorial.