The Spanish Committee for the Pan-European Union awarded the 16th Otto Habsburg Prize on 7 November to Eugenio Nasarre Goicoechea, who was, among other posts, director general of religious affairs, director general of RTVE and deputy to the Cortes Generales (2000-20015).
The event, held at the Centro Riojano in Madrid, was attended by the president of Paneuropa Spain, Florentino Portero; its general secretary, Carlos Uriarte Sánchez; the ambassador of Spain, Javier Rupérez; and Archduchess Walburga of Habsburg, president of Paneuropa Sweden and vice-president of the International Pan-European Union, who travelled from Sweden to Madrid for the award ceremony.
The Otto Habsburg Prize is awarded annually to personalities characterised by their commitment to Europeanism and its values. “On this occasion, special emphasis was placed on the commitment to democracy, freedom, Europeanism and Christian humanism of a coherent, hard-working and simple person, such as Eugenio Nasarre, who has done so much at the service of Spain without seeking his own protagonisms and who has always put the person before him in all his actions. Without a doubt, one of the reasons why he has so many friends and people who appreciate and respect him”, he explained to The Diplomat Carlos Uriarte, who acted as secretary of the jury that judged the Prize.