Charlemagne Prize of Aachen: most prestigious award for services to Europe
Patrons of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen SM the King of the Belgians Philippe, S. M. King Philip VI. of Spain, S.K.H. Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg,, S. E. the President of the Republic of Austria, Dr. Heinz Fischer and Federal President Joachim Gauck.
Pope John Paul II. Was a prize winner
The first winner in 1950 was the founder of the Pan-European idea, Count Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi. Later, the Charlemagne Prize went among others to the first Chancellor Konrad Adenauer (1954), the then US President Bill Clinton (2000), the euro as a currency (2002) and German Chancellor, Angela Merkel (2008) This year, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy received it. In 2004, Pope John Paul II received it. The prestigious prize was handed over because of his illness not in Aachen, but in Rome.
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