Baltic leaders rewarded for championing democracy and liberal economic policies | New
Prime Minister Kaja Kallas (Reform), Latvian Prime Minister Krišjanis Karinš and Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonyte received the award in Berlin from Horst Köhler, former President of the Federal Republic of Germany and President of the Hayek Foundation.
The prize is awarded to “persons whose activities have been outstanding in creating, strengthening or promoting a liberal economic and social order in Germany, Europe or elsewhere in the world”.
Kallas said she was “honoured” to receive the prize and that “the defense of European democratic values is as relevant today as it was when we built Estonia”.
“When we emerged from totalitarian prison 31 years ago, we had to build a free and open society, from scratch. It was no easy task – despite the relief that people were finally free. Restore a democratic relationship between citizen and state is not something you do overnight and it is not something you can just learn from books,” she said in a speech.
She concluded by saying, in reference to Russia: “While building our democracy, in accordance with the principles of Friedrich August von Hayek, we listened to our international friends and advisers. And maybe it’s time to listen to us. “
Honored to receive the Hayek Foundation International Prize together with my Latvian and Lithuanian colleagues for the defense of European democratic values.
I said in my speech that the defense of European democratic values is as relevant today as it was when we built Estonia. 1/8 pic.twitter.com/DozGFEdp6N
— Kaja Kallas (@kajakallas) September 4, 2022
Previous winners include former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, former Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and former President of the Federal Republic of Germany Mario Monti.
It was last awarded to Margrethe Vestager, Danish politician and European Commissioner for Competition in 2019.
Andrus Ansip, former Prime Minister of Estonia, as well as Valdis Dombrovskis, former Prime Minister of Latvia, also received the award in 2011.
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