On 12 October, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize to the EU for its role in bringing peace, democracy and human rights to Europe.
Immediate responses came in the form of a joint statement by Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, and José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission; a separate statement by Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission; and a third statement by Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament.
Also on 12 October, Laura Davis published a blog post entitled ‘The Noble Challenge‘, Jean-Dominique Giuliani, President of the Robert Schuman Foundation, published a blog post entitled ‘The Nobel appeal‘, and Tuija Talvitie, Executive Director of the Crisis Management Initiative, published a statement on her organisation’s website.
On 15 October, Chris Underwood published a blog post entitled ‘Arise, EU: Nobel Peace Prize‘, Phil Vernon published a blog post entitled ‘The EU as Nobel Peace Prize winner?‘, and Geert Laporte published a post on the ECDPM blog entitled ‘The EU’s Nobel Peace Prize in a global perspective: no time for self-flagellation or complacency‘.
On 17 October, Neil Campbell, Head of EU policy development at the Open Society European Policy Institute, published an op-ed on the European Voice website entitled ‘The politics of peace‘, and Judith Sunderland and Alice Farmer from Human Rights Watch published an op-ed on the same website entitled ‘EU, as peacemaker, should welcome those fleeing war‘.
On 18 October, Jacqueline Hale, Senior Policy Analyst at the Open Society European Policy Institute, published an op-ed on the EUobserver website entitled ‘A new narrative for Europe‘.