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Monti hails Nobel Peace Prize for EU


(ANSA) - Rome, October 12 - Italian Premier Mario Monti on
Friday hailed the decision to award the European Union the Nobel
Peace Prize for advancing peace and reconciliation in Europe
since the Second World War.
"The formula of (using) integration to stop war and
guarantee peace and practised for decades is the subject of
study and admiration in other parts of the world," said Monti, a
former European commissioner.
The Oslo-based Norwegian Nobel Committee said in awarding
the 8-million-krona ($1.2 million) prize that "the union and its
forerunners have for over six decades contributed to the
advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human
rights in Europe".
Nobel committee president Thorbjoern Jagland lauded the
EU's work in cementing reconciliation between France and Germany
after World War II.
He commended the bloc for bringing in Spain, Portugal and
Greece after their autocratic regimes collapsed in the 1970s and
noted that it was now moving to let Balkan countries join.
The award comes as the 54-year-old organisation faces the
biggest economic crisis in its history, with many members
battling recession amid the euro's financial woes.
"It is a great honour for the whole of the #EU, all 500
million citizens, to be awarded the 2012 #Nobel Peace prize,"
European Commission President José Manuel Barroso said via
The last organisation to get the award was Medecins Sans
Frontieres (Doctors Without Frontiers), which won in 1999.

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