In Europe “we owe a lot to the life and commitment of Andrei Sakharov. 100 years after his birth, Europe must not forget man and the symbol of the struggle for rights and freedom”. Parliament president David Sassoli declares it to Adnkronos. Read also “It is for this – continues Sassoli – that we pay homage to the Russian scientist who sacrificed his whole life in fighting against totalitarianism”. “It is no coincidence – he adds – that the European Parliament has named the award that annually it is awarded to those who, everywhere in the world, fight for the defense of fundamental values, freedom and human rights. Free and democratic Europe – he concludes – is grateful to the man who has made us all more aware than defending the our values is the premise for continuing to be free “.