Published: 12 Oct 2012 14:33 GMT+02:00 | Print version
Updated: 12 Oct 2012 14:33 GMT+02:00
The Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the European Union on Friday puts greater responsibility on the bloc, the French presidency said.
The honour "confers on Europe an even greater responsibility to preserve its unity and its capacity to promote growth and jobs and foster solidarity among members," a statement said.
It said the prize, "which every European is proud of", was a tribute to post-World War II efforts to create a union "based on the values of democracy, liberty and solidarity".
The statement said there was a new responsibility now to create a continent that is "more united, more just, stronger and a bringer of peace".
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