2012 Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union – Where the Caribbean can gain?

Staff at the Delegation of the European Union to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean joined colleagues around the world in celebrating the awarding of the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union.

{FILE IMAGE} Head of the Political Section of the Delegation Claude Bochu said the prize does not only relate to maintaining peace in Europe but also in the many countries with which the EU relates.

“In the context of co-operation programming in the region the EU conducts dialogue on human rights which include promoting the rights of children, women and the disable, fighting against discrimination, as well as support a moratorium or the abolition of the death penalty”, Mr. Bochu said.

He added that many of the values which are promoted by the EU are also shared in the Caribbean.

As a partner we are proud that the EU is both the region’s and the world’s largest provider of development assistance and humanitarian aid and is at the forefront of global efforts to fight climate change and promote renewable energy use“, Mr. Bochu said.

President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy said the award was recognition for the work of “the biggest peacemaker in history“.

In a joint statement President of the European Commission Manuel Barroso and Van Rompuy said it was a tremendous honour for the EU.

This Prize is the strongest possible recognition of the deep political motives behind our Union: the unique effort by ever more European states to overcome war and divisions and to jointly shape a continent of peace and prosperity. It is a Prize not just for the project and the institutions embodying a common interest, but for the 500 million citizens living in our Union.

“At its origins the European Union brought together nations emerging from the ruins of devastating World Wars – which originated on this continent – and united them in a project for peace. Over the last sixty years, the European Union has reunified a continent split by the Cold War around values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights.”

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