Kick- Off of a Franco-German Human Rights Prize
The French Embassy in Germany to Award a New PrizeApril 20th, 2016
The French Minister of Foreign Affairs and of International Development Jean-Marc Ayrault, and his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier announced on the 7th of April 2016 after the 18th Franco-German Council of Ministers the launch of a new prize. This Franco-German prize will reward Human Rights and Constitutional State the first time in December 2016 on the International Human Rights Day.
This prize will be awarded by the French and German Embassies abroad to well-known personalities who have distinguished themselves by defending or promoting Human Rights and the Constitutional State. Ten to Twelve laureates will be distinguished by the two ministers of Foreign Affairs and their award given by the Ambassadors of both countries.
The promotion and defense of Human Rights worldwide are a priority goal of foreign policy of both France and Germany. This prize shows their interest and their commitment in these fields. Besides, it allows those countries to work more and more closely together and to harmonize their policies.
The 18th Franco-German Council of Ministers itself aimed at comparing integration in both countries and finding new ways of improving the bilateral cooperation. Indeed, ten years after the first council of this sort, it was imperative to continue and breath new life in the project. It has been suggested to create a Franco-German Council of integration which would manage the Office of youth, the civil society, the team of researchers and the administrations of both countries to better support the exchanges between integration actors of France and Germany.
Julie Essertel, Berlin Global