Central European Prize for prof. Purchla

Professor Jacek Purchla, the founder and director of the International Cultural Centre in Krakow, is the recipient of this year’s edition of Mitteleuropapresis (Central European Prize). The verdict emphasises Professor Purchla’s outstanding achievements in the field of dialogue and Central European cooperation, as well as preservation and proper management of heritage in this part of our continent. He has also been recognised for his unique contribution to peaceful co-existence of Central European states. An official bestowal ceremony will be held in Vienna on December 5, 2011. The prize will be handed in by Dr Erhard Busek, the former Vice-Chancellor of the Republic of Austria, while a laudatio will be delivered by His Excellency Ambassador Emil Brix, a historian and a diplomat (first General Consul of the Republic of Austria in Poland after 1989).

The Prize has been regularly bestowed upon individuals since 1994 by Institut für den Donauraum und Mitteleuropa – a Vienna-based institution founded in 1953. Its high prestige has been repeatedly confirmed by the prize’s former recipients – some of the most distinguished intellectuals of Central Europe; scientists, politicians, writers, and journalists, including Professor Władysław Bartoszewski (the prize’s first winner in 1994), György Konrád, Andrei Pleşu, Ján Čarnogurský, Karl Schwarzenberg.
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