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.

Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter

„I am a child of the age of conceptual, rather than mystical, thought and therefore my god as well – if I am compelled to speak of him (which I do very unwillingly) – must appear as something terribly abstract, vague and unattractive. But it appears so only to someone I try to tell about him – the experience itself is quite vivid, intimate and particular, perhaps (…) more lively than for someone whose “normal” God is provided with all the appropriate attributes (which oddly enough can alienate more often than drawing one closer). And something else that is typical of my god: he is a master of waiting, and in doing so he frequently unnerves me. It is as though he set up various possibilities around me and then waited silently to see what I would do. (…) His Last Judgment is taking place now, continuously, always – and yet it is always the last: nothing that has happened can ever un-happen, everything remains in the “memory of Being” – and I too remain there – condemned to be with myself till the end of time – just as I am and just as I make myself.“

Václav Havel:
Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter, August 7, 1980

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