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European Union 2012 Nobel Prize for Peace Winner

Oslo, Norway – on Friday, 12 October 2012, the European Union has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for promoting peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe over six decades.

While announcing the award, Nobel Committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland stated that the EU has transformed most of Europe "from a continent of wars to a continent of peace.“

It is important to say that the EU won the prize from a field of 231 candidates including Russian dissidents and religious leaders working for Muslim-Christian reconciliation.

During the telephone interview with Mr José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, recorded after the announcement of the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union (EU), in one part of the interview Mr Barroso stated: „I think that it is indeed a great honour for the European Union for all its 500 million citizens, for all its member states, for the European institutions. It is a justified recognition of for this unique project that has brought peace to our continent. It is a source of inspiration for citizens all over the world.“

Please read more on the interview at http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2012/eu-interview.html

And for more information at http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2012/press.html
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