COMMUNICATION

THE CALL OF THE 17TH EDITION OF THE CARLOS V EUROPEAN AWARD, WHICH EXTOLS THE VALUES OF UNITY, CONSENSUS AND DIALOGUE IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF EUROPE, IS NOW OPEN

The regional minister of Presidency, Interior and Social Dialogue, Abel Bautista, presented the call of the Carlos V European Award’s 17th edition along with the director of the European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation, Juan Carlos Moreno, this Monday in Mérida. The award aims to reward individuals, organisations, projects or initiatives that have contributed to the general knowledge and enhancement of the cultural, social, scientific and historical values of Europe or to the process of construction and integration of the European Union. (15/01/2024)

In a press conference, the minister assessed the current geopolitical scenario and assured that “the fragmentation that some pose in our country contrasts in a notorious way with the concept of unity that the European Union has promoted and defended over the last 65 years”.

Bautista stressed that while the European Union “works hard to strengthen that unity in diversity”, in Spain “we are experiencing internal tensions that threaten to weaken the very structure of our nation” and pointed out that the management of immigration, “requires a solid and coordinated collaboration, and should not be used as a bargaining chip in internal political negotiations”. He recalled that Europe “was built from dialogue and consensus”.

In turn, the director of Yuste Foundation, Juan Carlos Moreno, had an “emotional and grateful” remembrance in memory of Jacques Delors, former president of the European Commission and one of the architects of the modern European Union, who recently passed away and who was honoured in the first edition of the Carlos V European Award. Then, the director of Yuste Foundation broke down the technical details of the call of a prize that is awarded to people, organisations, projects and initiatives that have contributed to the general knowledge and enhancement of Europe’s cultural and historical values and to the unification of the European Union.

NOMINATIONS

Nominations can be submitted on the proposal of previous winners; members of the European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste; Spanish embassies anywhere in the world; diplomatic representations in Spain from EU Member States, EEA EFTA countries, or of candidate and potential EU candidate countries; institutions, public entities, cultural, scientific, academic or socioeconomic entities, as well as anyone interested from the member countries of the European Union.

Nominations may be submitted in Spanish or English until 12 February 2024. They will be formalised by completing and sending the form that is published on Yuste Foundation’s website: https://www.fundacionyuste.org/en/the-european-carlos-v-award/convocatoria-2024/ .

It is necessary to attach an accrediting report of the merits that support the nominations. In addition, other documents with relevant data and additional information about the nomination can be added and letters of support may be attached to it.

The Carlos V European Award will be delivered at the Monastery of San Jerónimo de Yuste on the occasion of the celebration of Europe Day in 2024, during a ceremony that will be presided over by His Majesty the King of Spain or by a member of the royal family to whom He delegates.

So far, the award-winners have been: Jacques Delors (1995), Wilfried Martens (1998), Felipe González (2000), Mikhail Gorbachev (2002), Jorge Sampaio (2004), Helmut Kohl (2006), Simone Veil (2008), Javier Solana (2011), José Manuel Durão Barroso (2014), Sofia Corradi (2016), Marcelino Oreja Aguirre (2017), Antonio Tajani (2018), the project “Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe” (2019), Angela Merkel (2021), the European Disability Forum (2022) and António Guterres (2023).

EUROPEAN RESEARCH AND MOBILITY GRANTS FOR EUROPEAN STUDIES

The European Research and Mobility Grants for European Studies are associated to the Carlos V European Award. They are addressed to researchers who are working on a doctoral thesis related to a topic chosen by the winning nomination. Those selected as beneficiaries of one of these grants will present their research work at the Carlos V European Award Doctoral Seminar, which is organised by Yuste Foundation at the Monastery of Yuste. The works presented will then be included in a publication. To date, more than 120 researchers from Europe, Africa and Ibero-America have benefited from these grants.

YUSTE’S ALUMNI NETWORK

These researchers specialising in European issues make up Yuste’s Euro-Ibero-American Alumni Network, which was set up in order to enable the exchange of projects and information between its members, as well as to encourage analysis and reflection on current issues related to Europe and Ibero-America from a multidisciplinary perspective. This Alumni Network, which spreads throughout the world’s main universities and research centres, is indissolubly united to Extremadura. In this manner, a set of nodes have been created in order to unite the talent that holds a bond with Extremadura and an umbilical cord with Yuste, which was and remains one of the places from which Europe is thought about.