Postponement of the Charlemagne Prize 2020
With regard to the current developments of the Corona virus situation, the awarding of the International Charlemagne Prize to Aachen to the Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, originally scheduled for May 21, 2020, will be postponed. The same applies to the events of the Side-programme associated with the award ceremony, the EU Youth Prize and the Karlspreis Europa Forum. The Board of Directors has agreed on this in a conference call on March 24th.
The Chairman of the Board of Directors, Dr. Jürgen Linden, has coordinated the decision with the designated laureate by phone. President Iohannis also believes that the Charlemagne Prize cannot be awarded at the moment due to the Corona crisis. Romania is also broadly affected and grateful for the European solidarity that its country is experiencing.
Iohannis hoped - with the best wishes for the health of all citizens - that a suitable new date for the award ceremony would be found soon after the pandemic was contained. Dr. Linden said they would keep in close contact.
For the Mayor of Aachen, Marcel Philipp, Dr. Linden and the chairman of the Charlemagne Prize Foundation, Prof. Thomas Prefi, - as they emphasized in a joint statement - it was also decisive for the decision that "the Prize must remain a European citizens' festival, open to the general public and an invitation for mutual exchange".
“This goal is not only served by the ceremony itself, but also by the events of the extensive side programme, the large open-air festival, the forum and the Charlemagne Youth Prize, to which we welcome young people from all member states of the European Union to Aachen every year. Unfortunately, we cannot keep up the invitation to these kinds of encounters these days”, the statement said.