On Tuesday 8 June 2021, at 15:00, the first De Sanctis Europa Award will be held at the Foreign Ministry, with an opening address by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Luigi Di Maio. Recipients of the Award – granted to outstanding European cultural, scientific and literary figures – will be the conductor, Maestro Riccardo Muti, and the Director General of CERN, Fabiola Gianotti.
The event will be streamed on the Foreign Affairs Ministry website and YouTube channel.
The establishment of the De Sanctis Europa Award had been announced by the Foundation in October 2019, with a final award ceremony in Brussels, capital of Belgium and heart of Europe.
As a result of the pandemic, it was not possible to hold the first event in Brussels in 2020 or in early 2021, given the ongoing health emergency in Belgium and the related measures to contain the Covid pandemic.
The first De Sanctis Europa Award has, therefore, been divided into two sections: the first held on 8 June, in Rome, the second in Brussels on 25 October 2021.