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International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen to be awarded to the euro

18 January 2002

Today, Prof. Dr. Walter Eversheim, Spokesman of the Board of Directors of the Society for the Conferring of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen, and Dr. Jürgen Linden, Lord Mayor of Aachen, officially offered Dr. Willem F. Duisenberg, President of the European Central Bank (ECB), the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen for the euro.

As President of the ECB, Dr. Duisenberg will receive this award on behalf of the euro.

Photographs and television pictures of today's official offer to Dr. Duisenberg at the premises of the ECB can be obtained free of charge as follows:

  • Photographs (ipg format) via www.martinjoppen.de eventgalerie/ECBDownload18.01.02 (Password: Karl) - Martin Joppen, photographer, telephone +49 69 613033, fax +49 69 618321.
  • Television pictures (Nif format) via European Broadcasting Union (EBU) - Michael Immel, ARD-aktuell, telephone +49 69 155 2043 or 2741, fax +49 69 155 4226.

The award ceremony will take place on 9 May 2002 in Aachen. For further information regarding the ceremony as well as an explanation of why the Board of Directors of the Society for the Conferring of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen decided to award the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen for 2002 to the euro, please refer directly to:

Gesellschaft für die Verleihung des Internationalen Karlspreises zu Aachen e.V. (Society for the Conferring of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen) Theaterstrasse 67, 52062 Aachen; Telephone +49 241 401 7770, fax +49 241 401 7771

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