The EPP Group introduced the Robert Schuman Medal in July 1986 to pay tribute to public figures who have advanced the cause of peace, the construction of Europe and human values through their public activities and personal commitment.
The EPP Group has awarded the Robert Schuman Medal to eminent public figures who have had a special influence on the work of the Group, including former Heads of State and Government, Presidents of the European Parliament and Chairmen of our Parliamentary Group, former Ministers and Members of the Commission and Members of the European Parliament. We have also honoured leading figures who do not belong to the European Union for their human rights activities.
The Robert Schuman Medal bears the name of the French statesman who, in 1950, proposed that Germany and other countries ravaged by war should establish peace between the peoples of Europe by way of a new European Community with strong, democratic institutions.
This Medal honours men and women whose courage and vision helped to reunite the continent of Europe and bring into the world the values of freedom and democracy with which our political family identifies.