The Dutch town of Nijmegen has paid homage to Umberto Eco by awarding him an important international honour, the “Treaty of Nijmegen” medal, for his contribution to the thinking and debate on the past and future of Europe. The ceremony took place on 7 May 2012 in St. Stevenskerk, in the presence of the Minister for European Affairs, Knapen, and the Speaker of the Dutch Senate, de Graaf.
The initiative was promoted jointly by the City Council and University of Nijmegen, with support from the Dutch Foreign Ministry. The medal is awarded every two years. It is inspired by the ideals that from 1678 to 1679 brought an end to the “Dutch War” and which have taken the name of the Dutch town, the country’s oldest. The first medal was awarded in 2010, to Jacques Delors. Read more, in Italian.