The European Academy of Yuste Foundation has announced that the 10th Carlos V European Award has been won by Italian professor Sofia Corradi, known as “Mamma Erasmus” for being the driving force behind the most important international exchange programme for young students in Europe.

With the award, the jury recognises “her career and, above all, her great commitment and contribution to the process of European integration by means of the design and implementation of the ERASMUS initiative of the European Union, as well as her work and endeavour on behalf of academic mobility, focussing on young European students as a guarantee of tomorrow and the future of Europe”.

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The 10th Carlos V European Award
This is the 10th Carlos V European Award, following the recent twentieth anniversary of the presentation of the first award to Jacques Delors, the former President of the European Commission, in 1995. The Carlos V European Award has a well-established and proven track record confirming Extremadura’s commitment to the process of European integration and the values it promotes and highlighting the importance of initiatives such as this one, born from civil society, on behalf of the unity and cooperation of the peoples of Europe. The recipients of the award until now have been Jacques Delors (1995), Wilfried Martens (1998), Felipe González (2000), Mikhail Gorbachev (2002), Jorge Sampaio (2004), Helmut Kohl (2006), Simone Veil (2008), Javier Solana (2010) and José Manuel Durao Barroso (2013).

Following the announcement of the award a total of 20 nominations were submitted by institutions from seven countries in the European Union, with a total number of 17 candidatures being selected for the 10th Carlos V European Award.

Carlos V European Award
The European Academy of Yuste Foundation created the Carlos V European Award in order to recognise the work of those who have excelled in their commitment to the process of building the European Union or for their contribution to the enhancement of the cultural, scientific and historical values of Europe. Therefore, the Carlos V European Award represents the spirit of the construction of a united Europe.

The award is made by the Board of Trustees of the European Academy of Yuste Foundation, on the motion of a jury designated for such a purpose and made up of renowned figures from the different socio-cultural fields of Europe, as well as the members of the European Academy of Yuste themselves and previous winners.

The award ceremony is a solemn act presided over by the Spanish Royal Family, to be held in 2016 at the Royal Monastery of Yuste (Cáceres, Extremadura). The ceremony for the Carlos V European Award is seen by the European Academy of Yuste Foundation as a privileged moment to express its commitment to a united and cohesive Europe.