The head of the Jesuit Refugee Service for Southeast Europe, Fr. Tvrtko Barun, is the winner of this year’s European Citizen’s Prize, which is awarded each year to prominent individuals, associations and organizations for their exceptional achievements and commitment to promoting European cooperation and common values.
Fr. Barun was nominated for the prize by the head of the EPP delegation MEP Dubravka Suica, who was supported by her colleagues Ivana Maletic, Zeljana Zovko and Ivica Tolic.
He was nominated for his devotion to the refugee cause.
Describing his work, Barun said: “I think being open to others and to the different is a challenge for all people regardless of their faith. Christ’s words can help us as Christians to choose openness, acceptance of strangers, to recognize the good in others and allow others to enrich us through their difference.”