The European Citizen Prize is given to individuals that effectively promoting mutual understanding among the citizens of the EU Member States.
The award has been presented to the Csángó educator and two other individuals in the EP Brussels headquarters on Wednesday by the President of the European Parliament (EP) Martin Schulz.
Educator Ilona Nyisztor lives in Moldavia and was nominated for the award by MEP László Tőkés. The singer – teacher educates children to be tolerant and open towards other cultures by employing folk music and dance.
In 1999, Ilona Nyisztor appeared before the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly to raise awareness of the vulnerability of Csángó culture in Romania.