The Madame de Staël Prize has its origins in 2014 with the introduction of the project ‘New Narrative for Europe’ initiated by then President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso (2004-2014). Artists, intellectuals and scientists were invited to contribute to a reflection on the European story. Inspired by this initiative, the Prize stands for an understanding of Europe as an intellectual and emotional entity based on common yet not necessarily always exactly the same convictions.
Over the course of the years, the Prize has recognised eminent scholars and intellectuals across Europe whose outstanding work embodies significant contributions to the cultural and intellectual values of Europe and to ideas of European integration.
Since the inception of the Prize we have counted on the strong support of European institutions in the participation of the award ceremonies. Past personalities who have attended the Prize ceremonies include European Commission President José Manuel Barroso himself (2014); European Commissioner for Science and Research Carlos Moedas (2015); European Commissioner for Neighbourhood Relations and Enlargement Johannes Hahn (2016); European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth Mariya Gabriel (2018); European Research Council President Jean-Bourgignon (2019), among others.
The Madame de Staël Prize is part of a larger set of ALLEA activities aiming not only to promote the intellectual and cultural richness of Europe, but also to support and acknowledge scholarly contributions that add to these valuable European assets.