Written statement by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General, to representatives of the European Union on receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for 2012.
Paris, Monday 15 October
My warmest congratulations to the European Union for receiving the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize. European integration is a peace project at heart. In the complex world which arose from the Cold War, the European Union has faced many formidable challenges to cohesion and peaceful co-operation among Europe's countries. Overcoming those challenges has earned it the distinction of contributing "to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights."
The concept and the values of the European Union have universal relevance. It is now essential to put the achievements of the European project in historical perspective. The Nobel Prize is a reminder of the continued need for the consolidation of a common endeavour in Europe for the benefit of the global community.
I am convinced that the solution to the current crisis lies in greater European integration. I look forward to continuing our excellent co-operation with the European Union governments and institutions in striving for economic and social stability, peace and prosperity.