Bono Named 'European of the Year'


Wednesday, December 26th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) _ Bono, lead singer of the Irish rock band U2, has been named ``European of the Year'' for his campaign for debt relief in developing nations, in a poll conducted by the weekly European Voice.

Danish film director Lars von Trier was named ``Visionary of the Year.''

Ten winners were selected by European Voice readers from a list of 50 nominees compiled by journalists and opinion leaders from across the 15 European Union nations. The announcement was made earlier this month.

Each winner received $4,458 to donate to a charity of his or her choice. Bono, 41, said his prize would go to the Irish charity Concern, according to U2's Web site.

``A more prosperous world is a more secure world, a more educated world is a more tolerant world and a healthier world is a more stable world,'' Bono was quoted on the Web site.