Timetable for 2013

  • 30 June 2013: deadline for submission of nominees for the 2013 Prize
  • August 2013: the selection panel will hold a  rst meeting in Prague and proceed to the selection of a shortlist of three nominees; the names of the shortlisted nominees will subsequently be made public by the President of the Assembly
  • 29 September 2013: a second meeting of the panel will take place in Strasbourg to select the  nal prize-winner from the shortlist of nominees
  • 30 September 2013: the Prize award ceremony will take place in Strasbourg in the debating chamber of the Parliamentary Assembly during its 2013 Autumn Session.

A Word about Words – samizdat essay

„The point I am trying to make is that words are a mysterious, ambiguous, ambivalent and perfidious phenomenon. They can be rays of light in a realm of darkness, as Belinsky once described Ostrovsky’s Storm. They can also be lethal arrows. Worst or all, at times they can be one or the other. They can even be both at once!“

Václav Havel:
A Word about Words – samizdat essay, July 25, 1989

Ivan Krastev: Europe's FutureVáclav Havel’s Prague