Aachen (AP) - Romanian President Klaus Iohannis receives the Aachen Charlemagne Prize 2020 for his services to European values.

Iohannis had led Romania with great commitment and success to a pro-European, rule of law policy, the Karlspreis Directorate justified his decision. The bourgeois politician strengthens the European Union, is committed to its goals and promotes cooperation between the member countries. His achievement was one of the greatest advances in integration since 1989, the statement said.

With the President of Romania, the Karlspreis Directorate honors “an outstanding champion for European values, for freedom and democracy, the protection of minorities and cultural diversity”. The Board also recognized its services to the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary in Romania.

Iohannis was re-elected in a runoff election in November with two thirds of the votes. He wants to get the country back on a pro-European course.

The award ceremony will take place on the Ascension Day (May 21) in the coronation hall of the Aachen City Hall. The International Charlemagne Prize in Aachen has traditionally been awarded at Ascension Day since 1950 for special services to European unification. This year, UN Secretary-General António Guterres was honored, and French President Emmanuel Macron in 2018.

International Charlemagne Prize in Aachen