President of the Republic of Lithuania

The President: Europe needs dedicated leaders


Wednesday, May 9, Aachen, Germany President Dalia Grybauskaitė gave a keynote speech at dinner in honor of President Emmanuel Macron of France, Laureate of the International Charlemagne Prize, on the eve of the award ceremony.

King Felipe VI of Spain, EU leaders, other laureates of the Charlemagne Prize, influential politicians and distinguished citizens of Aachen attended the dinner.

Five years ago, the award, also known as “Oscar in Politics”, was extended to President Dalia Grybauskaitė for her personal and Lithuania's contribution to enhancing the unity of Europe.

In her address, the President underscored that now, like during the times of Charles the Great, the meaning of Europe lay in its unity. Therefore, today, more than ever, Europe needs such leaders as President of France, Emmanuel Macron: leaders who are not afraid to admit that Europe is important, who love and trust Europe; leaders who want strong and competitive Europe that ensures security, prosperity and peace for all.

The President stressed that Europe had to take more and more responsibility not only for defense and security but also for nuclear non-proliferation, climate change and other global issues. We have to rely on ourselves more, be united and work together; and Emmanuel Macron’s leadership helps to deliver it.

The people of Aachen instituted the International Charlemagne Prize in 1950 to promote peace, unity and concord among European nations. It is one of the most prestigious global awards in politics that honors exceptional work for Europe.  

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2018.05.10 09:07