The Carpathian Europe of Shared Values Award went to Jan Malicki from Poland and Ihor Tsependa from Ukraine


Jan Malicki, a historian and a longtime director of the Warsaw University’s Centre for East European Studies, and Ihor Tsependa, president of the Carpathian University in Ivano-Frankivsk, became the laureates of this year’s Carpathian Europe of Common Values ​​Award, presented on the first day of the 12th Europe-Ukraine Forum in Rzeszów.

The Awards Gala was hosted by Bogusław Chrabota, editor-in-chief of Rzeczpospolita daily, and Kinga Redłowska, programme director at the Institute for Eastern Studies, a Warsaw-based NGO that organises the annual Europe-Ukraine Forum. The Awards were handed in by Andrius Kubilius, the former prime minister of Lithuania, and Zygmunt Berdychowski, the chairman of the Programme Council of the Krynica Economic Forum.

The Carpathian Europe of Shared Values Award ​​was founded in 2018 to honour the people and institutions from the Carpathian countries, whose actions have contributed to the promotion of common European values ​​in the region. The winners of the first edition were Polish film director Jerzy Hoffman and Ukrainian filmmaker and political prisoner of the Kremlin Oleh Sentsov.

The laudations for this year’s laureates, Jan Malicki and Ihor Tsependa, were delivered by Mykola Kniazhytskyi, a member of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and a member of the Poland-Ukraine Forum.

This  man is like a figure from the interwar-period postcards postcards, wearing his hat, jacket and tie even when going to the mountains, and he is always smiling. He had not an easy life, suffering repressions for his involvement in the Polish opposition movement during the communist era, and yet, he maintained the desire to develop relations with the countries of Eastern Europe. And he kept his smile, Mykola Kniazhytskyi characterised Jan Malicki.

Speaking about Ihor Tsependa, the laudator described him as a man who modernised the Carpathian University, involved in studying the Polish-Ukrainian history and rebuilding the Polish Observatory at Mount Pip Ivan in the Carpathians.

It is a great distinction because we have not done that much in the matter of rebuilding the Observatory. If you want to really get to know someone, take him in the mountains. Poles and Ukrainians do need such a place in the mountains where they could get to know each other, a place of common memories, stressed prof. Tsependa.

Jan Malicki joked that it is always nice to be awarded, but it is the first time in his life that he received a check award (the winners of the Carpathian Europe of Common Values ​​Award received checks worth 10,000 zlotys).

The Lviv National Theatre Orchestra, which performed the works of Dvořák, Brahms and Smetana, accompanies the Gala.