2012 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the European Union

date: 12 October 2012

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is delighted at the news that the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the European Union. According to the Minister, the European project has brought peace and stability to the European continent, a continent that had known a sad past of destructive wars and violence. The European Union and the European project also contributed to the stabilisation of European neighbourliness when it experienced some turbulence following the fall of the Berlin Wall. Furthermore, the EU constantly invests a great deal of energy in facilitating peace in numerous political conflict and war zones by way of operations that take place all around the world.

The awarding of the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union serves as a reminder to us of the importance of this European project, particularly now that it is undergoing a deep crisis. Minister Reynders therefore hopes that the awarding of this prize will contribute to Europe’s citizens and politicians alike remaining committed to this European project and to the further integration and unification of the European Union.