MEP Migalski Suggests Spending Nobel Prize Money on Supporting Belarus’ Civil Society
European Parliament member Marek Migalski has suggested that the European Union spend its Nobel Prize money on supporting civil society in Belarus.
Marek Migalski, who represents Poland in the European Parliament, has sent his proposal to the Council of the European Union, the MEP’s assistant, Anna Bialas said.
The European Union was declared the winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize on October 12. The prize comes with a money award of $1.1 million.
Marek Migalski recalls in his appeal to the EU Council that imprisoned Belarusian human rights defender Alies Bialiacki was among those nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.
The MEP stresses that the money would not be a significant amount for the EU. Donating the money for supporting civil society in Belarus would yield tangible results and contribute to the downfall of Aliaksandr Lukashenka’s dictatorial regime, Mr. Migalski says.
Explaining its decision to award the prize to the EU, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said that the bloc had helped transform Europe “from a continent of war to a continent of peace.”
The decision was met with a mixed reaction. While many EU politicians hailed the decision, several prominent figures, including Czech President Vaclav Klaus and Polish ex-leader Lech Walesa, criticized the selection.