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ROBERT SCHUMAN AWARD 2020

For the 70th anniversary of the Declaration of 9 May 1950, the Robert Schuman European Centre had launched a call for entries for the ROBERT SCHUMAN AWARDS 2020.
In total, the CERS received 254 responses from 27 countries, some of them outside the European Union. 
 
The global health crisis is severely affecting the whole of Europe. For the first time on this scale, the public authorities' response to protect public health is, in almost all European countries, being strictly confined. 
 
Unfortunately, these containment measures completely hamper the selection of contributions. Neither the Reading Committee nor the Prize Jury were able to meet. The proclamation of the results, planned for 9 May 2020, had to be cancelled and the Commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Declaration of Robert Schuman postponed. 
 
We do not yet know when or how we will emerge from the health crisis. 
But we already know that this triple health, economic and social shock will severely test our societies, our institutions and our public policies. How will they be able to cope with it and evolve to learn from it? In other words, is the SARS-CoV-2 health crisis a "game-changer", a geopolitical paradigm shift for Europe, for the world? 
It is not too early to start thinking about it. 
 
The project that was launched before the crisis must therefore be transformed. 
Nearly all the texts, written before awareness of the scale of the pandemic, do not meet the demands and new expectations of Europeans at the end of the current crisis. 
 
This is why the Organising Committee of the Robert Schuman Prizes has decided, in view of the circumstances of force majeure that Europe and the world are currently experiencing, not to award the prizes this spring (Article 4, 3rd paragraph of the General Regulations) but to relaunch the competition, if possible, in the autumn of 2020.
 
The Committee deeply regrets having to take this decision, which was imposed by circumstances genuinely beyond its control, and it counts on your understanding.