Charlemagne Prize 2023
Who is awarded the Prize?
Charlemagne Youth Prize
Paul Henri Spaak 1957
Charlemagne Prize Laureate 1957 Paul Henri Spaak
Born on 25th January 1899 in Schaerbeck near Brussels.
Studied Law in Brussels and was conferred a doctorate (LLD); he practiced as a lawyer in Brussels from 1921 bis 1931.
In the period from 1932 to 1966 he was a Member of the Belgian Parliament for the Socialist Party for a total of 30 years; he held several ministries, amongst others he was Foreign Minister on several occasions (1936 to 1938; 1939 to 1945; 1945 to 1947; 1954 to 1957; 1961 to 1966) and Prime Minister (1938 to 1939; 1947 to 1950).
In 1946 he presided over the first session of the General Assembly of the UN. He drafted the plan for the Belgian–Dutch–Luxemburg union and, as advocate of a European agreement, played a decisive role in the establishment of the European Coal and Steel Community and the European Economic Community.
He was Secretary General of Nato from 1957 to 1961.
Died on 31st July 1972.
Speech (extract) by Mayor Hermann Heusch
Speech (extract) by Paul Henri Spaak
Photo Paul Henri Spaak
Paul Henri Spaak