Mr Van Rompuy,
As Secretary-General of the European Schools, I wish to congratulate the European Union on winning the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize.
The European Schools have been closely connected with the EU and what it stands for since 1953. We are really proud that the European Union has been awarded a highly respected prize for its contribution to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights!
The European Schools have promoted European values for the last 60 years by educating pupils coming from all the Member States to become in mind Europeans, ready to complete and consolidate the work of earlier generations, in order to bring into being a united and thriving Europe.
Secretary-General of European Schools
Answer of Mr. Martin Schulz, President of European Parliament
Dear Kari Kivinen,
It is with pleasure that I read your message of congratulations addressed to the EU on the award of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2012. Like you, I feel immensely proud that the achievements of the EU in the pursuit of peace and democracy and the promotion of human rights have been recognised in such a prestigious way.
May I take this opportunity to express, on behalf of the European Parliament, my congratulations and gratitude to all of you in the European Schools who work towards the promotion of European values and ideals among the Schools’ pupils year after year. Your role often goes unheralded but its fruits do not go unnoticed.
And looking at the photo you have sent me, may I ask you to pass on my congratulations too to the pupils for their obvious enthusiasm to be part of the European ideal: “United in diversity”.
Answer of Mr. Herman Van Rompuy, European Council President: