MUNICH, Germany, January 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
'Builder of Europe' honoured for visionary achievements
Viviane Reding, EU Justice Commissioner and Vice-President of the European Commission received the Aenne Burda Award for Creative Leadership at the international DLD Conference in Munich on 19 January 2014. The Aenne Burda Award honours influential female public figures for their visionary and successful ideas. Viviane Reding is regarded as a builder of Europe and with her past achievements and visionary projects she stands for overcoming borders and promoting her goals with conviction and courage.
The eulogy was delivered by Cherie Blair, an active human rights defender and wife of a former British prime minister.
During her career as a politician, Vivian Reding time and again supported the convergence of youth and the digital society in Europe. As European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth, Media and Sport, she played a decisive role in promoting the Erasmus Mundus programme, which marked a new stage in the exchange of European students and scientists with the rest of the world. As European Commissioner for Information Society and Media, she pushed through a reduction in roaming charges within the EU and unquestionably advanced the EU's common internal market in the telecommunications sector. She is also known for her commitment to an open Internet and opposition to on-line censorship to safeguard net neutrality. As EU Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, since 2010 she has pursued reform of the EU's data protection rules, one of her key visions for a just and secure Europe in the digital age.
Award recipient Viviane Reding: 'It is a great honour for me to receive the Aenne Burda Award. Ms Burda always followed her own path, with vision, an innovative spirit and courage. They are precisely the qualities that I try to be guided by in the political arena. As a convinced European, my personal goal has always been to build a strong Europe that speaks with one voice and is therefore an influential partner on the world stage. A Europe that transcends the common market dimension, a political union. For me, the Aenne Burda Award is a confirmation of the path chosen and an encouragement to continue building Europe.'
The Aenne Burda Award for Creative Leadership has been honouring women for outstanding entrepreneurial and creative achievements since 2006. The trophy, a statue of Pallas Athena, is awarded in memory of the Aenne Burda, who passed away in 2005. She was a visionary entrepreneur in post-war Germany who turned a small publishing house into the world's largest fashion publisher. Past recipients of the award at the DLD Conference have been: Marissa Mayer (2006), Catering Fake (2007), Martha Stewart (2008), Esther Tyson (2009), Mitchell Baker (2010), Natalie Massenet (2011), Arianna Huffington (2012) and Zaha Hadid (2013).
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