Angela Merkel accepted to be president of the jury of the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity, thus replacing the former President of the Republic of Portugal Jorge Sampaio. This is the former German chancellor’s first post since she left power.
The announcement has already been confirmed by a spokesperson for Merkel, adding that the former chancellor is expected to take up the new post from September, about a year after she left German politics.
Angela Merkel has been at the head of the German state for 16 years and since leaving the role of chancellor in December 2021, there have been few public appearances.
The former chancellor had already informed the German government that she wanted to preside over the jury. A decision that, on June 15, was given the green light to happen without any.
As president of the Gulbenkian Prize jury, she will be present at the ceremony in which the award (homage for the services rendered) will be presented to a personality. In 2020, the Portuguese foundation, created in 1956, created this new recognition category.
The Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity, worth 1 million euros (R$ 5.54 million), is awarded annually, having praised the achievements of Greta Thunberg, in the first edition in 2020, and was awarded to the Global Covenant of Mayors in 2021 .
Source: CNN Brasil