Charlemagne Prize 2023
Who is awarded the Prize?
Charlemagne Youth Prize
Roy Jenkins 1972
Charlemagne Prize Laureate 1972 Roy Jenkins
Born on 11th November 1920 in Abersychan (Wales).
Studied Politics and Economics at Balliol College in Oxford; afterwards from 1942 to 1946 military service.
From 1948 to 1977 he was a Member of the House of Commons for the Labour Party; from 1955 to 1957 he was a member of the Consultative Assembly of the Council of Europe and the Assembly of the West European Union. As Chairman of the European Committee of his party and President of the British Council of the European Movement he campaigned for the membership of Great Britain in the European Community.
He held various ministerial offices in the British Government (1964–1965 Minister of Aviation; 1965–1967 Home Secretary, afterwards Chancellor of the Exchequer until 1970; 1974–1976 again Home Secretary). From 1970 to 1972 he was Deputy Leader of the Labour Party.
From 1977 to 1980 he was President of the Commission of the European Communities.
Died on 5th January 2003.
Speech (extract) by Mayor Hermann Heusch
Speech (extract) by Roy Jenkins
Photo Roy Jenkins