The Central Europe Prize has been awarded annually by the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe since 1994 and was endowed with EUR 7,200 by the Federal Ministry of Science and Research until 2010.
For 2011, Erste Group Bank AG thankfully took over the endowment of the prize.
The prize is awarded to personalities who have rendered outstanding services to the idea of Central Europe.
1994 Wladislaw Bartoszewski, poln. Ambassador in Vienna, Foreign Minister
1995 Veno Taufer, Slovenian writer
1996 Wolfgang Kraus, Merits of Central European literature
1997 György Konrad, President of the Berlin Art Academy
1998 Juraj Stern, Rector of WU Bratislava
1999 Rainer Rosenberg, ORF journalist, initiator of the program “Neighbor in Need”
2000 Dana Nemcova, last spokesperson of “Charter 77”
2001 Andrei Plesu, Minister of Culture and Foreign Affairs of Romania, founder of the New Europe College in Bucharest
2002 Christine von Kohl, Southeast Europe Publicist
2003 Christoph Zielinski, Initiator of a Central European Oncology Research Group
2004 Andrei Marga, President of the Danube Rectors’ Conference and President of the University of Cluj-Napoca, former Romanian Minister of Education
2005 Doraja Eberle, Salzburg Provincial Councillor, initiator of the project “Farmers help farmers”
2006 Univ. Prof. Dr. Irena Lipowicz, Former Polish Ambassador to Austria
2007 Mag. Dr. h.c. Karl-Markus Gauß, Writer and editor of the magazine “Literatur und Kritik”
2008 Botschafter Dr. Dragan Velikic, Writer, journalist, Serbian Ambassador to Austria since 2005
2009 Karl Schwarzenberg, Former Chairman of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights, former Chancellor of President Václav Havel, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
2010 Dr. Ján Čarnogurský, Former Prime Minister and Minister of Justice of the Slovak Republic
2011 Prof. Dr. Jacek Purchla, Director of the International Cultural Centre, Krakow