Statement of President Barroso on the Nobel Peace Prize Awarding

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Statement by President Barroso on the Nobel Peace Prize

“I know that some of asked why now? Well, Thorbjørn Jagland, Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, summed it up perfectly on the day of the announcement [and again just now – and I wish to thank him warmly for his words]. “This is the right moment to give a clear message to Europe to preserve what we have achieved… This is a prize to have a better organised world to have stability and peace.

We will honour this prize and we will preserve what has been achieved. It is in the common interest of our citizens. And it will allow Europe to contribute in shaping that “better organised world” in line with the values of freedom, democracy, human rights and rule of law that we cherish and believe in. The last sixty years have shown that Europe can unite in peace. Over the next sixty years, Europe must lead the global quest for peace.”

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