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Princess of Asturias Awards

06/30/2017

Simone Veil, Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation, has died

Bestowed with the Award in 2005 for “her defence of freedom, personal dignity, human rights, justice, fraternity, and the role of women in modern society”

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Simone Veil, 2005 Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation, has died.

According to the minutes of the Jury bestowing the Award: “French-born Simone Veil is one of the European Union´s figureheads, and one of the people who has fought most tenaciously for its progress. She was deported to Auschwitz during the Second World War, where she lost several members of her family.

As President of the first European Parliament elected by universal suffrage and President of the Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah (the Holocaust), Simone Veil has consistently stood out for her defence of freedom, personal dignity, human rights, justice, fraternity, and the role of women in modern society. Simone Veil embodies the ideals and successes of a united Europe and the extension of European values elsewhere in the world. In bestowing the Award upon Simon Veil, the Jury wishes to highlight her coherence, strength and steadfastness in defence of values and objectives at a time when certain doubts and reticence about the future of Europe and its identity are beginning to emerge.”

The Jury was chaired by Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo and composed of María Jesús Álvarez González, Enrique Barón, Emilio Cassinello, Alicia Castro Masaveu, Manuel Díaz Ron, Severino García Vigón, Antonio Garrigues Walker, Laura González, Alex Grijelmo, Luis Lada Díaz, Ricardo Martí Fluxá, José María Martín Patino, Marcelino Oreja Aguirre, Yago Pico de Coaña, Francisco Pinto Balsemăo, Luis Ruiz de Gopegui Miguel, Alfonso de Salas, Luis Sánchez-Merlo, Nicolás Sartorius, Gustavo Suárez Pertierra and Teodoro López-Cuesta, as acting secretary.

The Awards Ceremony, which took place on 21st October, was presided over by HM King Felipe VI, then Prince of Asturias. Besides the address by His Majesty, the speeches at the ceremony were given by Giovanni Sartori, Nélida Piñón, Evelyne Franc, Superioress General Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul, and the then President of the Foundation, José Ramón Álvarez Rendueles.

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