The European Commission has today formally accepted the Nobel Peace prize money on behalf of the European Union and announced its intention to donate it to children whose lives have been affected by war and conflicts. President Barroso and Presidents Van Rompuy and Schulz have agreed that since children are the future of our society, it is important to provide them with better living standards especially, when they have been victims of violent conflicts and have suffered physically and emotionally.
President Barroso stated: "The Nobel Peace Prize stands for reconciliation throughout the world. The Prize money should benefit the first hope for the future, but also the first victims of present and past conflicts: children".
Last October, the Nobel Prize Committee decided to award the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union for over six decades of contribution to the promotion of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe. The Prize Award Ceremony will take place in Oslo on 10 December 2012.
In addition, the European Union has today launched a drawing and writing contest for anyone interested between the ages of 8 – 24 old, in order to provide four winners with the opportunity of being invited to the 2012 Nobel Peace prize ceremony in Oslo. The contest will be open until 25 November, midnight CET. The European Youth Forum will pre-select the 16 best entries for each age group (8-12, 13-17, and 18-24), while a jury will select one winner from each age group. The 16 pre-selected candidates from the categories 18-24 will also be posted on Facebook for a public vote.