September 30, 2010
As the announcement of the laureate for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize draws near (Friday 8 October, 11:00 a.m. CET), we should recognise that the most successful promoter of peace, prosperity and tolerance in modern times might be the European Union as an institution.
The initial objective of the Union’s founding fathers – to prevent war between former adversaries and bring lasting peace to Europe – has been achieved. Since its inception following World War II, the members of the Union have co-existed peacefully.
All other developments that have taken place as a consequence have led to today’s prosperous European Union of 27 member states: an unavoidable and positive ‘peace dividend’.
The recent signature of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty has wide-ranging peace-related implications for Europe and even beyond. It also underlines the determination of the European Union and its member states to deepen their peaceful co-existence.
Furthermore, during the difficult – dare one say tumultuous – process of Treaty ratification, the European Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission have provided valuable stewardship.
One must recognise that the main drivers of this great achievement fulfil the guidelines laid down by Alfred Nobel’s will for awarding the Nobel Peace Prize, which include to reward “…the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations and the abolition or reduction of standing armies and the formation and spreading of peace congresses”.
Given that the greatest political achievement for durable peace in Europe has been and is the European Union, we are of the opinion that the European Union Institutions together (the European Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission) would make a worthy recipient of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. A long overdue recognition.
Dr. Gilbert Fayl & Ulric Fayl von Hentaller
Private citizensAuthor : Letters to the EurActiv editor