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The 4th European Book Prize awarded Italian Roberto Saviano for his essay "The Beauty and the Hell" and Finnish Sofi Oksanen for her novel "Purge". "It's a place where you are expecting freedom of speech. You should at least… And as well as human rights and equality. So these are very important and sensitive as well as very fragile values and I'm hoping the future of Europe will also want to continue respecting them", Oksanen said about Europe. This year the Jury was chaired by the German filmmaker Volker Schlondorff, author of The Tin Drum, which won an Oscar and the Palme d'Or in 1979. "Europe is very selfish. Every country for itself. So literature and films can do that, can make you penetrate into the other countries" he said about the role of culture in Europe's identity construction. Martin Schulz, President of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and democrats in the European Parliament, was hosting the ceremony. "You can remobilize the spirit whenever you want immediately by a book. And that's what Europe needs: the mobilization of its own soul of its own spirit, spontaneously without the decision of the commission or the European parliament" he said. The European Book prize aims to promote the values of Europe and contribute to better represent the Union to its citizens. The jury is made up of permanent correspondents in Brussels coming from different EU countries. Its Support Committee chaired by Jacques Delors is made up of public figures committed to the construction of a unified Europe, such as Jerzy Buzek, Guy Verhofstadt, Mario Sepi or Monica Frassoni.
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