Čaputová has been named the European Personality of the Year

The European Leadership Awards recognise leaders who contribute to shaping Europe.

Zuzana Čaputová became the fifth Slovak president.Zuzana Čaputová became the fifth Slovak president. (Source: Michal Svítok, TASR)

Slovak President-elect Zuzana Čaputová has been named the European Personality of the Year.

The European Leadership Awards, granted on May 6, 2019 in Brussels, honour leaders across Europe for their exceptional achievements in politics, business, and innovation, the Euronews website reported.

The ceremony is organised jointly by the Euronews website and the European Business Summit (EBS).

“I am humbled and honoured by this award,” wrote Čaputová on Twitter.

This award will serve as encouragement for her work as the Slovak president, after she takes the oath in mid-June, she added.

Who else was awarded?

Apart from Čaputová, Swedish political activist Greta Thunberg and UNICEF ambassador Lilian Thuram from France were nominated for their achievements in the European Personality category.

The ceremony took place for the second time, awarding winners in five categories, including the European leader, European entrepreneur, European innovator, and European corporate social initiative.

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