Statement of EU Commissioner Dr. Benita Ferrero-Waldner about the Essl Social Prize

The Essl Social Prize sets an inspiring example ...

The Essl Social Prize sets an inspiring example because it shows that entrepreneurship and social commitment are not mutually exclusive. On the contrary, the Essl family stands for socially responsible entrepreneurship aiming at long-term, sustainable growth instead of short-term profit maximisation. This is eventually the fertile soil of economic integrity that makes our Europe flourish and thrive.

There is no doubt that the work of this year's prize-winner, Erzsébet Szekeres, makes an outstanding contribution to ensure respect for the ageing. As she offers disabled older people custom-tailored residential options, she enables them to age with dignity.

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