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Evropská unie obdržela Nobelovu cenu míru za více jak šedesát let míru na evropském kontinentu

Dne 10. prosince 2012 obdržela Evropská unie během slavnostního ceremoniálu v norském Oslu Nobelovu cenu míru pro rok 2012. Níže je zveřejněno sdělení (v anglickém jazyce) Delegace Evropské unie a velvyslanectví členských států Evropské unie v Pekingu připravené pro tuto příležitost:

EU's Nobel Peace Prize award recognises over six decades of peace in Europe

On 10 December, the European Union was awarded this year's Nobel Peace Prize at a ceremony in Oslo. The prize not only recognises the ideas and the dedication of European thinkers and political leaders, but also the efforts of generations of Europeans who have overcome the divisions of the past to forge a peaceful union. It is therefore truly a prize for five hundred million European citizens in twenty seven countries, as well as a tribute to those who have laid the foundations of our common present and future for over six decades.

The European community was born out of one of the darkest tragedies of the 20th century, the 2nd World War, from which China also suffered. The European people have achieved much since the post-war establishment of the European Coal & Steel Community (ECSC), a common market for the very resources which had caused deadly rivalries among European nations in the past. From its inception, the long-term goal of integration was to "make war not only unthinkable, but materially impossible." After more than sixty years, the European Union has been successful beyond the dreams of the founders in forging peace and prosperity on the formerly war-torn continent.

Some people are asking why the EU was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize this year and does it in fact deserve this accolade? The EU is not complacent about its own record. It is currently facing its worst economic crisis. However, despite the difficulties and the weaknesses inherent in a system still in the making, the foundations of the European Union are solid.

It is the strength of democracies, founded on respect for Human Rights and the Rule of Law, to absorb shocks of considerable intensity and to learn from their past mistakes. The European Union has shown its capacity to merge numerous varying views originating from different national histories, from different cultures and from different political camps into a Union. The EU has gone through crises before and has always emerged stronger; this time will be no different.

The European experience is unique and unprecedented. The European Union is opening new avenues and taking a leading role in responding to contemporary challenges, be they sustainable development, food and energy security, global warming or world peace. Beyond the recognition of our past efforts, the Nobel Peace Prize is an invitation for the European people to continue to be audacious, to innovate and to share their experience with our foreign friends.

Like China, we cherish peace and security. Both will provide lasting stability. The stability we promote is respectful of human diversity and dignity. It is our deep belief that stability cannot come at the price of freedom.

The day of 10th December is also marked by International Human Rights Day. The European Union will pay tribute to all prisoners of conscience in the world who have fought for the respect of Human Rights. The EU is convinced that the promotion of human rights and respect for fundamental freedoms are a prerequisite for sustainable peace, stability and prosperity. This is the main lesson we can draw from European reconciliation and integration.

The European Union is sharing today a message of hope. A message of hope not only for the European Union, but also for all humanity.

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