NATO Parliamentary Assembly to Award Young Essay Winners in Stavanger
Brussels, 5 October 2015 - The NATO Parliamentary Assembly is honouring a group of students for their award-winning ideas on the future of the Atlantic Alliance.
The winners are Timm Schulze from the University of Passau; Ondrej Mikulasek, a high school student in Uherske Hradiste; Lukas Krisciunas of Vilnius University; Hugo van der Heijden, who studies mechanical engineering at Delft University of Technology; and Dr. Andreas Stradis, holder of a master's degree from the London School of Economics.
They will each receive a certificate from US Congressman Michael Turner, president of the NATO PA.
The award ceremony will take place during the Assembly's plenary session on Monday 12 October attended by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg and over 300 lawmakers from the 28 NATO allies and partner countries.
Norway is hosting this year's session in the city of Stavanger.
"These talented young people have produced some innovative and thought-provoking ideas," said David Hobbs, Secretary General of NATO PA. "In today's fast-moving security environment, we can all learn from this sort of forward thinking."
Hobbs highlighted the diversity of themes covered by the winning essays which ranged from Germany's evolving role in NATO, to the need to boost defence collaboration and adapt the Alliance to meet current challenges.
During their time in Stavanger, the winners will have a chance to meet with senior NATO PA officials, and attend the Assembly's working sessions on themes such as conflict in the Middle East, counter-terrorism and the impact of sanctions on Russia's economy.
Besides the five invited to Stavanger, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly earlier this year presented awards to winning students from France, Germany, Latvia, Norway and Estonia for their contributions to the 60th anniversary competition.