EIB President receives prestigious Italian award for contributions to economy and climate
3 December 2020
Pico della Mirandola Prize honours leaders whose work advances society and improves human lives.
Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank, has received the prestigious Italian Pico della Mirandola prize.
The award recognises outstanding individuals who contribute to the advancement of society and human lives. Past winners include former International Monetary Fund Managing Director Michel Camdessus, former European Commission President Jacques Delors and former European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet.
The Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Mirandola said it chose President Hoyer in the international category for his outstanding achievements as President of the European Investment Bank, his contribution to the European Union’s economic and environmental policies, the financing of the green transition and the economic mitigation of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The prize is named after the Italian Renaissance philosopher Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, who wrote a defining text of Renaissance humanism, the “Oration on the Dignity of Man.” This famous public discourse has been called the manifesto of the Renaissance. The award is given to people whose ideas and actions help society in the spirit of Pico’s work.
The EIB, the EU’s climate bank, is supporting through the EIB Institute the new Sciences Po European Chair for Sustainable Development and Climate Transition launched on 25 November via an international conference.
The EIB, represented by Vice-Presidents Lilyana Pavlova and Ambroise Fayolle as well as the Head of the EIB Prague Office Nathalie Binet, and Andrea Ferjencikova, joined the Prague European Summit 2020 on 18 and 19 November to discuss with Czech and European partners common responses to current and future challenges for the European Union, such as climate change and the post-pandemic recovery.
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