The International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen

The PrizeThe Proclamation 1949Declaration 1990

DECLARATION OF THE AACHEN TOWN COUNCIL AND THE SOCIETY FOR THE CONFERRING OF THE INTERNATIONAL CHARLEMAGNE PRIZE OF AACHEN, 1990

In respect for the founders of the International Charlemagne Prize of the City of Aachen and in recognition of the historic proclamation of 1949, the Aachen Town Council and the Society for the Conferring of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen declare:

Like the founders of the Charlemagne Prize, we believe that the city of Aachen, by virtue of its age-long border situation, its history and its current situation in the heart of Europe, has a special commitment to our continent's growing together, to the overcoming of borders and to the friendship of the peoples of Europe.

Given the developments in Germany and eastern Europe since 1989, a comprehensive form of joining together is no longer a utopian venture. In addition, a special role will accrue to Europe in the settlement of the North-South antithesis; and the problem of conserving our vital natural resources by the protection of the environment in Europe and on our overpopulated earth will loom ever larger.

The city of Aachen and the Society for the Conferring of the International Charlemagne Prize therefore reaffirm their resolve to award, on Ascension Day in the historic Coronation Hall of the Aachen Town Hall, the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen to personalities and to organizations fostering in a special way the aforementioned goals. The laureates will be selected by the Board of Directors of the Society for the Conferring of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen, an independent organization.

Aachen, 14 November 1990

Dr. Jürgen Linden, Mayor of the City of Aachen

Consul Hugo Cadenbach, Spokesman of the Board of Directors of the Society for the Conferring of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen