The UN Secretary-General will receive the Carlos V European Award on 9 May at the Monastery of Yuste from King Felipe VI

The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, will receive the Carlos V European Award next Tuesday, 9 May, at 11 am at the Monastery of San Jerónimo de Yuste during a ceremony that will be presided over by His Majesty King Felipe VI, who is the honorary president of the European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation. (06/05/2023)

The president and the prime minister of the Republic of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and António Costa, respectively; the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell; the minister of Defence of the Government of Spain, Margarita Robles; the president of the General Council of the Judiciary, Rafael Mozo; the Ibero-American secretary general, Andrés Allamand, and the president of the Regional Government of Extremadura, Guillermo Fernández Vara, will accompany Guterres.

Twenty-one ambassadors from European and Latin American countries will also attend: Denmark, Slovenia, Croatia, Portugal, Cyprus, Finland, Ireland, Poland, Slovakia, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Cuba, El Salvador, Panama, Bolivia, Luxembourg, Belgium, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands; in addition to the United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, Miguel Ángel Moratinos, and the Spanish ambassador to Portugal.

The 2017 Carlos V European Award-winner, Marcelino Oreja, and the members of the European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste: Ramón Jáuregui, Enrique Moradiellos, Gustaff Janssens, Monica Luisa Macovei, Manuela Mendonça, Abram de Swaan and Federico Mayor Zaragoza will also attend the ceremony.

The jury of the 16th edition of the Carlos V European Award decided to award the prize to the UN Secretary-General for “his proven, extensive and long-standing life career devoted to social commitment, the process of European integration, the promotion of multilateralism and human dignity as the core of his work, addressing global challenges and crises”. The jury also took into account Guterres’ work and commitment to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic, to the war in Ukraine, to address the climate emergency and achieve ambitious reforms with which to face the challenges of the 21st century. It also valued his determination to fight climate change by promoting sustainable development and placing the 2030 Agenda as the global road map focused on people and the planet.

This is the third time that the Carlos V European Award has been awarded to a Portuguese person. José Mauel Durão Barroso received it in 2014 and Jorge Sampaio in 2004.

The award ceremony of the 16th Carlos V European Award counts with the collaboration of National Heritage and the Regional Government of Extremadura as well as the institutional support of the European Parliament. In addition, it counts with the support of Alimentos de Extremadura, Extremadura Avante, Iberdrola, Telefónica and Canal Extremadura, which will broadcast the solemn event live via satellite.

The Carlos V European Award

With this award, Yuste Foundation intends to recognise the work of individuals, organisations, projects or initiatives that have contributed to the general knowledge and enhancement of the cultural, social, scientific and historical values of Europe, as well as the process of European construction and integration.

The winners of this award so far are: 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) and the European Disability Forum (2022).

The Carlos V European Award European Research and Mobility Grants for European Studies

Along with the Carlos V European Award, Yuste Foundation is organising ten Research and Mobility Grants for European Studies addressed to researchers from all over Europe who are preparing a doctoral thesis in any discipline of the humanities and social sciences.

The Carlos V European Award grants deal with history, memory and European integration based on the subject chosen by the winner in each edition and under a multidisciplinary perspective.

Those researchers who have been awarded a grant, will join the Euro-Ibero-American Alumni Network of Yuste, which aims to facilitate the exchange of projects and information among researchers specialising in European issues who have been awarded a Carlos V European Award Grant.

Yuste’s Alumnni Network is spread over the world’s leading universities, institutions and research centres. Over 100 researchers from different countries, such as Italy, Cyprus, the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, Spain, France, Russia, Portugal, Mexico, Peru, Cuba and Brazil, are currently part of the network.