1153rd meeting – 24 October 2012
Regulations for the Council of Europe “Raoul Wallenberg” Prize
Article 1: The Prize
The Council of Europe “Raoul Wallenberg” Prize – instituted jointly by the Council of Europe, the Swedish Government and the Hungarian Parliament – shall be awarded in memory of the Swedish Diplomat Raoul Wallenberg’s extraordinary humanitarian achievements for the protection of the Jewish community in Budapest in 1944-1945. The prize should be awarded every two years, on 17 January – the date of Raoul Wallenberg’s arrest in Budapest – in order to reward extraordinary humanitarian achievements by a single individual, a group of individuals or an organisation.
Article 2: Nature
The prize shall consist of a sum of €10 000, a plaque and a diploma commending the prizewinner’s outstanding contribution to the cause.
Article 3: Eligibility
Individuals, organisations or institutions who are or have been active in the field of humanitarian work and/or the promotion and defence of human rights may be eligible for consideration. In the case of an individual, the prize could be awarded also to his/her memory.
Article 4: Nominations
1. The Secretary General of the Council of Europe shall launch the call for nominations for the prize by sending a letter to the Council of Europe’s Ministers’ Deputies.
2. Nominations for the prize must reach the Secretary General of the Council of Europe by the end of the month of June the year before the prize is to be awarded. They shall be signed by at least five sponsors, other than the nominee, on the special form appended to these regulations. A sponsor shall not support more than one candidature.
3. Nominations shall provide details of the nominee’s action(s) and specify the reasons why the nominee’s action(s) can be considered to be extraordinary. All relevant supporting documents shall be provided.
4. Nominations may be submitted in one of the two official languages of the Council of Europe: English or French.
Article 5: Jury
1. A jury composed of seven independent persons with recognised moral standing in the field of human rights and humanitarian work shall examine the nominations and select the winner of the prize.
2. The following institutions or personalities shall each have the right to appoint one member of the jury: the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the municipality of Budapest, the Raoul Wallenberg Institute in Lund, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Raoul Wallenberg family. The members of the jury shall be appointed for a four year period.
3. The members of the jury shall appoint their chairperson amongst themselves.
Article 6 – Selection procedure
1. The Secretary General of the Council of Europe shall transmit to the members of the jury the nominations received by the deadline set in Article 4.
2. Each member of the jury shall identify three nominees which he or she considers should be pre-selected and inform the Secretary General of the Council of Europe accordingly.
3. On this basis, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe shall transmit to the members of the jury a list of the nominees which have been pre-selected in conformity with the provisions of Article 6.2.
4. Each member of the jury shall then select by secret ballot, from the list established in conformity with the provisions of Article 6.3, the three preferred nominees, and award 3 points to the favourite, 2 to the second and 1 to the third. There shall be a quorum if five members of the jury are present or otherwise able to express their vote.
5. The nominee which has received the highest number of points will be awarded the Council of Europe “Raoul Wallenberg” Prize. In the event of a tie, a vote by simple majority will be taken in order to decide between the nominees with the highest number of points. In this case, the chairman will have a casting vote.
Article 7: Award ceremony
1. The prize shall be awarded by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe to the winner or to the representatives of the winner at a ceremony which shall take place at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.
2. The Council of Europe shall arrange appropriate publicity for the winner of the prize.
Article 8: Cancellation of the prize
The Council of Europe reserves the right to suspend the award of the prize or to cancel the prize at any time.
Article 9: Administrative costs
Any administrative costs arising out of the nomination procedure shall be borne by the Council of Europe.
Article 10: Amendment of the regulations
The present regulations can be amended by common agreement between the Council of Europe and the Swedish Government.