Vrede van Nijmegen Penning

Op 5 april 2018 is de Vrede van Nijmegen Penning uitgereikt aan Paul Polman, CEO van Unilever.
Hij kreeg de penning vanwege zijn verdiensten voor de duurzame ontwikkeling van Europa.
In de St.Stevenskerk sprak hij de Vrede van Nijmegen lezing uit.

“..trust is what binds any society together. Business has to step-up.
It cannot be a bystander in a system that gives it life in the first place.
People rightfully expect business to be an agent of change.”

(Paul Polman, Vrede van Nijmegen lezing 5 april 2018)




The seventeenth century is known as the Golden Age of the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands. In 1672, a coalition consisting of England, France, Cologne and Münster invaded the republic. This ‘catastrophic year’ marked the end of the period of economic expansion. In 1675 the warring factions wished to select a city where a peace treaty could be signed to end the various wars raging throughout Europe. The English throne selected Nijmegen. From 1676 to 1679, Nijmegen was the location of treaty negotiations. The term ‘Treaties of Peace of Nijmegen’ refers in an international context to a series of interrelated treaties ending the Franco-Dutch War, which were signed in Nijmegen in 1678 and 1679. Lees meer >

Schilderij Henri Gascard

This painting by the French court painter Gascard shows one of the first treaties. Lees meer >


In order to commemorate the Treaties of Nijmegen, many medals and coins were made. Lees meer >


The ambassadors of the European powers in Nijmegen expected the locations hosting negotiations. Lees meer >


2010 – Jacques Delors

Jacques Delors is the first laureate to receive the Treaties of Nijmegen Medal. The former chairman of the European Commission (1985-1995) was awarded the medal for his efforts in achieving European unity. Lees meer >

2012 – Umberto Eco

On 7 May 2012, the Treaties of Nijmegen Medal was presented to Umberto Eco. The award served as a tribute to the Italian author and scientist for his contribution to the thinking and the debate on the past and future of Europe. Lees meer >

2014 – Neelie Kroes

The third Treaties of Nijmegen Medal was awarded to Neelie Kroes. She received this in recognition of her contributions to the development and prosperity of Europe. The medal was presented on 7 May in St. Stevenskerk in Nijmegen. Lees meer >

2016 – European Court of Human Rights (ECHR)

On November 18 2016 the Treaties of Nijmegen Medal was awarded to the European Court of Human Rights for its contribution to the development of Europe and the protection of human rights. Lees meer >

2018 – Paul Polman

Op 5 april 2018 is de Vrede van Nijmegen Penning toegekend aan Paul Polman en sprak hij de Vrede van Nijmegen lezing uit. Lees meer >


De Vrede van Nijmegen Penning is een initiatief van de gemeente Nijmegen, de Radboud Universiteit en NXP Semiconductors N.V. en wordt ondersteund door het Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken.