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German-Polish Prize presented by Minister of State Pieper

13.06.2012

On Thursday, 14 June, Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office Cornelia Pieper and her Polish counterpart Grażyna Bernatowicz will present the German-Polish Prize in Berlin.

The recipients of this year’s prize are, on the German side, the German-Polish Grammar School in Löcknitz (Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania), a European School, and, on the Polish side, the city of Wrocław. For 20 years, the prize has been awarded for special services to the development of German-Polish relations. Each winner of the prize receives 10,000 euros.

Minister of State Pieper, who is also Coordinator of German-Polish Intersocietal and Cross-Border Cooperation, made the following statement today (13 June) before the awards ceremony:

Every day, many people in Germany and Poland are working to see that the two countries understand each other better, get to know more about each other, and cooperate in shaping our common future.

In Löcknitz Polish and German young people attend a European School together and learn the language of their neighbours. They learn from each other; they speak with, and not only about, each other.
Wrocław can be proud of itself as a city in the centre of Europe where meaningful encounters take place – and not only during the European Football Championship. The city has faced its painful history openly and creatively. The people of Wrocław, with their willingness to engage in dialogue, build bridges between Germany and Poland.
For almost 20 years now, the German-Polish Prize has given us the wonderful opportunity to cast a spotlight on and honour such special initiatives.

More information (in German) about the German-Polish Prize can be found at the Federal Foreign Office’s German-Polish website:


www.deutschland-polen.diplo.de

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