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Summary: 7 December 2012, Brussels – The European Parliament's President Martin Schulz will go to Oslo for the official ceremony to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union. In Strasbourg and Brussels, live broadcasts of the ceremony, a photo exhibition, and a formal ceremony in the Strasbourg plenary chamber will mark the occasion. Many activities are also planned in EU capitals.
9 December: press conference in Oslo
Mr Schulz will go to Oslo on Sunday 9 December and take part in a joint press conference, at 13.00, with presidents Van Rompuy of the European Council and Barroso of the European Commission.
Parliament's President will be accompanied by two of its former presidents, Hans-Gert Pöttering and Jerzy Buzek, and political group leaders Hannes Swoboda (S&D), Rebecca Harms (Greens) and Francesco Enrico Speroni (EFD).
The press conference will be broadcast live on EbS and web-streamed on Parliament's web site and via Video on demand (VOD).
10 December: official ceremony in Oslo
The Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony will take place from 13.00 to15.00. It will be broadcast on EbS, and via web-streaming and VOD on Parliament's web site. Giant screens will be placed in Strasbourg,in the Bronislaw Geremek Agora and the Place Kléber (city centre) and in Brussels, in the Place de Luxembourg and close to the Place St Catherine (also in the city centre).
11 December: inauguration of the Nobel Peace Prize exhibition in Oslo
Messrs Schulz and Barroso will inaugurate a Nobel Foundation exhibition,entitled "Europe from war to peace" dedicated to the laureate. The inauguration, starting at 17.00, will also be broadcast live and streamed on EbS.
For further details, please see the online inter-institutional presspack on events taking place inOslo,including the press programme, contacts and other useful information.
12 December: celebrations in Strasbourg and Brussels
Another highlight of the week, on Wednesday at 09.00, will be when the European Parliament associates all EU citizens, as laureates of the Nobel Peace Prize, with the award ceremony in the Strasbourg plenary chamber, in the presence of President Schulz, President Barroso and citizens of all nationalities and all ages. This ceremony will be broadcast by EbS, web-streamed and available on VOD.
There will be a photo exhibition in Parliament's Bronislaw Geremek Agora in Strasbourg and in the Simone Veil area of the esplanade outside its Brussels building. Entitled "Out of the abyss: how Europeans built peace together -A Nobel Prize recognizing 60 years of making peace in our continent", it consists of 40 archive photos of memorable scenes illustrating six decades of peace in Europe.
Mr Schulz will officially inaugurate this exhibition in Strasbourg at 15.00, in the presence of visitors and young winners of a European competition run on Facebook.
Activities in the member states
European Parliament information offices will run activities in EU capitals in tandem with European Commission representations. In Copenhagen, for example, a torchlight procession will beheld on 10 December in association with the European Movement, and in Bratislava, there will be a concert and exhibition in the week of 7-11 December.