On Thursday, May 29, Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk took part in
the International Charlemagne Prize award ceremony in Aachen, Germany. The
Prize received President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk addressed to the President of the
European Council: "Let me call you friend. You are a friend of Ukraine, a
friend of the European Union, you are a man of great
dignity and great respect. "
Herman Van Rompuy, noted
the PM, "led the EU through very difficult times - the economic crisis,
security challenges": "But you have achieved success because of your
strong position, your ability to create a real compromise, maintain and
The PM stressed that the people of Ukraine remember
the high contribution of the President of the European Council in maintaining
peace and stability in Ukraine.
"We need peace. Nobody has the right to revise
the results of the Second World War, nobody has the right to abuse the UN Charter
and draw up new borders and erect new walls in Europe", Arseniy Yatsenyuk
The Prime Minister noted that Herman Van Rompuy "entered into the history of Ukraine after the
signing of the political part of the Association Agreement with the EU."
Arseniy Yatsenyuk stressed the need to "think about
a new Europe–a larger one": "We understand the consequences of the EU
enlargement. But it's not just about expanding through the inclusion of new
countries - we need to deepen our values. We must fight for peace and
freedom-and that is our duty. That’s what the people of Ukraine ask."
"I am convinced that we will achieve success.
Our unity will bring us to strong Europe, the strong EU and strong Ukraine
", said Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
Charlemagne Prize has been awarded once a year since 1950 by the German city of
Aachen. It is the oldest and most prestigious award that used to be given to
political and public figures or institutions that have made outstanding
contributions to the development of Europe and European integration.
recipients were, in particular, the Federal Chancellor of Germany K.Adenauer (1954), Prime Minister of Great Britain Sir
Winston S. Churchill (1956), European Commission President Jacques Delors
(1992), U.S. President Bill Clinton (2000), Pope John Paul II (extraordinary
Award 2004), Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel (2008), Lithuanian
President Dalia Grybauskaite(2013).
Charlemagne Prize Laureate is President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy.
The 2014 award
ceremony was attended by Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite,
Minister Irakli Garibashvili;
Moldovan Prime Minister Iurie Leanca
Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet.