Timeline:

14 September 2015
' Nominations Open '
30 November 2015
' Nominations Closed '
11 January 2016
' Shortlist Announced '
11 January 2016
' Voting Opens '
5 February 2016
' Voting Closes '
16 March 2016
' Award Ceremony '

Shortlist

Agriculture

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Identified as a key priority of the Italian Presidency, this award commends the work of an MEP who has made waves in agriculture or fisheries policy, championing the interests of farmers and consumers.

The Nominees

MEP

Nicola Caputo

Italy
Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D)

Ulrike Müller MEP

Ulrike Müller

Germany
Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE)

 

 Laurenţiu Rebega MEP

Laurenţiu Rebega

Romania
Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENL)

Animal welfare

With citizens expressing concerns over issues as varied as the import of seal products, to the amount of time transported livestock spends in transit, animal welfare is clearly a key issue. This award recognises an MEP who has made a significant contribution to animal and conservation related issues.

The Nominees

MEP

Janusz Wojciechowski

Poland
European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR)

Anja Hazekamp MEP

Anja Hazekamp

Netherlands
European United Left-Nordic Green Left Confederal Group (GUE-NGL)

Emil Radev MEP

Emil Radev

Bulgaria
European People's Party (EPP)

Corporate Governance

Enhancing business transparency, particularly in key areas such as social or environmental matters, is crucial to rebuilding trust in the economy and in supporting the fundamental values of the European Union. This award commends an MEP who has achieved notable progress in ensuring the highest possible standards of corporate practice are adhered to.

The Nominees

Sergio Gaetano Cofferati MEP

Sergio Gaetano Cofferati

Italy
Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D)

Therese Comodini Cachia MEP

Therese Comodini Cachia

Malta
European People's Party (EPP)

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Ashley Fox

United Kingdom
European Conservatives & Reformists Group ECR

Development

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Acknowledging 2015 as the European year for development and the presence of the EU as a global actor in foreign affairs, this new award recognises an MEP who has had a prominent voice in or contributed to the EU's international development efforts.

The Nominees

MEP

Nirj Deva

United Kingdom
European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR)

Mariya Gabriel MEP

Mariya Gabriel

Bulgaria
European People's Party (EPP)

Davor Stier MEP

Davor Stier

Croatia
European People's Party (EPP)

Digital agenda

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Connecting Europe digitally continues to be a priority for growth across every sector. This award recognises contribution in promoting and delivering legislation to support this such as improving telecoms, eHealth and commerce, internet policy, or the digital single market.

The Nominees

MEP

Julia Reda

Germany
Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance (EFA)

Antanas Guoga MEP

Antanas Guoga

Lithuania
Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE)

Róża Gräfin von Thun und Hohenstein MEP

Róża Gräfin von Thun und Hohenstein

Poland
European People's Party (EPP)

Economic & monetary affairs

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Promoting growth and stabilising Europe's economies following the eurozone and economic crisis ensures Economic and Monetary Affairs will remain a crucial policy area. This award goes to an MEP who has made great strides towards helping lift the EU out of crisis and increasing economic stability.

The Nominees

José Manuel Fernandes MEP

José Manuel Fernandes

Portugal
European People's Party (EPP)

Brian Hayes MEP

Brian Hayes

Ireland
European People's Party (EPP)

Steven Woolfe MEP

Steven Woolfe

United Kingdom
Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD)

Employment & social affairs

Acknowledging an individual who has worked to promote employment and social affairs reform as a vital contributor in growing the European economy, this award could include a significant contribution on workers’ rights, equal pay, engagement with trade unions or employment more generally.

The Nominees

Brando Benifei MEP

Brando Benifei

Italy
Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D)

Ole Christensen MEP

Ole Christensen

Denmark
Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D)

Filiz Hyusmenova MEP

Filiz Hyusmenova

Bulgaria
Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE)

Energy

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Never out of the headlines, energy policy continues to be a major issue for European Policy makers.  This award recognises the work of MEPs on the transition to a low carbon economy, energy efficiency and improving infrastructure or security of supply.

The Nominees

MEP

Miriam Dalli

Malta
Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D)

MEP

Miroslav Poche

Czech Republic
Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D)

Seán Kelly MEP

Seán Kelly

Ireland
European People's Party (EPP)

Environment

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The fight against climate change is set to form a central part of the European parliament's work in the coming legislature. This award celebrates an MEP whose work on environmental policy and environmental protection measures is particularly deserving of recognition

The Nominees

MEP

Sirpa Pietikäinen

Finland
European People's Party (EPP)

MEP

Simona Bonafè

Italy
Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D)

Catherine Stihler MEP

Catherine Stihler

United Kingdom
Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D)

Foreign affairs

The growing geopolitical aspect of many EU policies is reflected in the increasing influence of the European parliament in foreign and security policy issues.  MEPs are frequently at the heart of the political debate on international matters such as Russia, terrorism, neighbourhood policy and defence.  This award will be won by the MEP who has made an outstanding impact within the dimension of the EU's third country political relations.

The Nominees

Dita Charanzová MEP

Dita Charanzová

Czech Republic
Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE)

Arne Lietz MEP

Arne Lietz

Germany
Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D)

Monica Macovei MEP

Monica Macovei

Romania
European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR)

Health

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The European Parliament continues to drive action in health policy which has become a major issue especially in areas that affect citizens, such as tobacco products or tackling chronic disease. The individual receiving this award will be recognised for their tireless work in improving European health outcomes

The Nominees

MEP

Pavel Poc

Czech Republic
Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D)

MEP

Lidia Geringer De Oedenberg

Poland
Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D)

Cristian-Silviu Buşoi MEP

Cristian-Silviu Buşoi

Romania
European People's Party (EPP)

ICT policy

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Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are critical to improving the competitiveness of EU industry and meeting the changing demands of its society and economy. This award recognises an MEP's tireless work in modernising public services and advancing science and technology.

The Nominees

Mady Delvaux MEP

Mady Delvaux

Luxembourg
Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D)

Kaja Kallas MEP

Kaja Kallas

Estonia
Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE)

Angelika Niebler MEP

Angelika Niebler

Germany
European People's Party (EPP)

Justice & civil liberties

An award to highlight the work of an MEP who has made considerable effort in the areas such as gender equality, human rights, civil liberties, including fundamental policy issues such as data protection and privacy.

The Nominees

MEP

Roberta Metsola

Malta
European People's Party (EPP)

Jan Philipp Albrecht MEP

Jan Philipp Albrecht

Germany
Greens-European Free Alliance (Greens-EFA)

Anna Maria Corazza Bildt MEP

Anna Maria Corazza Bildt

Sweden
European People's Party (EPP)

 

Regional policy

This award recognises the contribution of an MEP’s work in bringing decision making closer to the citizens, leading colleagues and stakeholders in pushing for greater devolution of decision making to the local or regional level or being involved in the implementation of the EU's cohesion policy.

The Nominees

Tamás Deutsch MEP

Tamás Deutsch

Hungary
European People's Party (EPP)

 

Matthijs van Miltenburg MEP

Matthijs van Miltenburg

Netherlands
Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE)

Kerstin Westphal MEP

Kerstin Westphal

Germany
Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D)

Research & Innovation

A crucial area for growth and enterprise, the European Parliament has been strongly involved in helping develop the EU's research and innovation policy. This award recognises those that play an important part in the EU’s Horizon 2020 framework programme.

The Nominees

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Michal Boni

Poland
European People's Party (EPP)

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Eva Kaili

Greece
Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D)

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Hans-Olaf Henkel

Germany
European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR)

Sport and physical activity

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With participation in sports and physical activity declining or failing to improve in many member states, the negative effects on citizens' health and wellbeing, as well as the societal and economic factors, are being felt across the EU. This award recognises an MEP who has gone the extra mile in promoting sport and fitness through their work in parliament and through grassroots activity in their home countries. 

The Nominees

Santiago Fisas Ayxelá MEP

Santiago Fisas Ayxelá

Spain
European People's Party (EPP)

Emma McClarkin MEP

Emma McClarkin

United Kingdom
European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR)

 

Marc Tarabella MEP

Marc Tarabella

Belgium
Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D)

Tourism

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Providing an estimated 10 per cent of Europe’s GDP, tourism is one of the most recognisable economic sectors across the EU’s 28 member states.  As always the European Parliament has played its part in ensuring tourism lies at the heart of Europe’s jobs and growth strategy. This award aims to recognise THE hard work of those MEPs that help to highlight the economic and cultural benefits of Tourism across the EU.

The Nominees

Cláudia Monteiro de Aguiar MEP

Cláudia Monteiro de Aguiar

Portugal
European People's Party (EPP)

Claudia Tapardel MEP

Claudia Tapardel

Romania
Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D)

Istvãn Ujhelyi MEP

Istvãn Ujhelyi

Hungary
Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D)

Trade & internal market

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This award honours an MEP who has made an outstanding contribution in championing small and medium sized enterprises, greater market integration or promoting international trade and investment opportunities.

The Nominees

MEP

Urmas Paet

Estonia
Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE)

Vivianne Reding MEP

Vivianne Reding

Luxembourg
European People's Party (EPP)

Virginie Roziere MEP

Virginie Roziere

France
Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D)

Transport

A key sector in the EU’s future development and growth, transport in all its forms is a key contributor to regional development and interconnectivity.  This award identifies an individual MEP who has worked tirelessly to develop transport policy in any form, affecting the road, rail, freight, maritime or air sectors.

The Nominees

Merja Kyllönen MEP

Merja Kyllönen

Finland
European United Left-Nordic Green Left Confederal Group (GUE-NGL)

Dominique Riquet MEP

Dominique Riquet

France
Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE)

Peter van Dalen MEP

Peter van Dalen

Netherlands
European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR)

Outstanding achievement

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This award will be announced on the night of the ceremony