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Sommaire: On 11 December 2012, New York City's iconic landmark, the Empire State Building, will be lit in the European Union's flag colors, blue and yellow, to mark the award of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Empire State Building on 11 December 2012 - Award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union
To mark the award of the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union, New York City's famous landmark will light up in the EU's flag colors for the sixth time. This image shows what the Empire State Building will look like on that day. For the past five years, the Empire State Building has been lit in EU colors to celebrate Europe Day - 9 May.
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2012 marks the 62nd Anniversary of Schuman's historic proposal for an integrated European coal and steel community.
About the Nobel Peace Prize 2012
In its annoucement on 12 October, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said its decision was based on the stabilising role the European Union has played in transforming most of Europe from a continent of war to a continent of peace.
The EU's most important achievement, according to the committee, has been the "successful struggle for peace and reconciliation and for democracy and human rights."
The work of the EU represents "fraternity between nations" and amounts to a form of the "peace congresses" cited by Alfred Nobel as criteria for the Peace Prize in his 1895 will.
"The 2012 Nobel Peace Prize is not only a recognition of the EU's past achievements; it also looks to the future," noted EU leaders. That's why the EU will donate the award money to projects supporting children who are victims of war and conflicts.