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President’s speech in Aachen to congratulate Emmanuel Macron

2018-05-09

Wednesday, 9 May, Vilnius – President Dalia Grybauskaitė will attend the International Charlemagne Prize award ceremony in Aachen, Germany, on May 9-10.

This year, one of the most prestigious global awards in politics, the Charlemagne Prize has been extended to the President of France, Emmanuel Macron. On the eve of the award ceremony, Dalia Grybauskaitė will give a keynote speech at dinner held in honor of Emmanuel Macron and attended by EU leaders, Laureates of the Charlemagne Prize and dignitaries of Aachen.

Five years ago, the International Charlemagne Prize was conferred on President Dalia Grybauskaitė for her personal and Lithuania's contribution to uniting the European Union.

The award, also known as “Oscar in Politics”, honors exceptional work performed in the service of European unity, peace and concord. The people of Aachen instituted this prize in 1950. In the war-devastated Europe, it was a symbolic invitation for European nations to overcome discord as well as seek solidarity and mutual understanding.

Over almost seven decades, the International Charlemagne Prize was conferred on Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis, the founding fathers of the European Union Jean Monnet, Konrad Adenauer and Robert Schuman, Great Britain's Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill, U.S. President Bill Clinton, Czech humanist and former President Vaclav Havel, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, King Juan Carlos of Spain, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, and other prominent political figures.

A historical city of Aachen is very important for the history of Germany, France and the entire Europe.  Having united Frankish and other Germanic tribes in the eighth century, the Roman Emperor Charles the Great (Charlemagne) made Aachen a political center of Europe.  The Aachen Cathedral, built by the Charlemagne over a thousand years ago, for many centuries has been the place of coronation of the kings of Germany and emperors of the Holy Roman Empire.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2018.05.09 13:42

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