About the Project
Theophano Foundation launches its activities from Greece, from the city of Thessaloniki, with the initiative of an annual award, the Empress Theophano prize, to recognize personalities that promote modern European identity and highlight common European principles and values.
The first Empress Theophano prize aspires to be an initiative of pan-European prestige and significance, which will:
- Be awarded to personalities or organisations for their contribution towards recognizing and promoting the principles, values and bonds that shape the modern European Ιdeal;
- Promote awareness of the common origins of Eastern and Western Roman Empire, the historical interdependence of the peoples and nations of Europe and their significance for present-day European cooperation, as well as the relationships between Europe and its neighboring cultures;
- Highlights and publicizes the contribution of the laureates, thus expanding our views on the European Union and European cooperation as well as their roots in history.
The Prize will be awarded every year by Theophano Foundation, as a distinction and with no monetary reward, following a process of assessment of the candidates by the Advisory and Governing Committees of the Foundation. The Award Ceremony will be taking place in Thessaloniki, at the Rotunda Monument, a site symbolizing and bearing witness to the Roman, Byzantine, Christian Orthodox, Ottoman and Greek influence in the shaping of Europe. The first Award Ceremony will be held early in January-February 2020.