The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2012 is to be awarded to the European Union (EU).
The union and its forerunners have for over six decades contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe.
To attend to the award ceremony on 10th of December, 2012, Herman van Rompuy, José Manuel Barroso and Martin Schulz has come to Norway on behalf of European Union
EU troika will attend to all the official events in the next few days, including greeting of the audience from the balcony of the Grand Hotel.
Their Nobel tour has started with a press conference at Nobel Peace Institute. Around fifty journalists followed the meeting.
The meeting was opened with Nobel Peace Committee president Jagland’s short speech reaffirming the ground of the prize to EU. Jagland said EU has proved to be a peace project in time.
EU president Herman van Rompuy thanked Norway and the EU stating that the price is a celebration of a tremendous accomplishment.
President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz believes there is reason to see the Nobel Peace Prize as a warning to the EU as in Obama case.
European Commission President José Manuel Barroso also thanked the committee and European Union for this achievement. He cliamed this prize is a proof of the bright future of Europe as a peacekeeper.