The nomination and judging process

The process for nominating and judging in the MEP Awards is designed to be fair, transparent and free from political or personal bias.

Who can win an Award?

Most awards are only open to be won by currently serving MEPs, with some exceptions such as the MEP Assistant Award, or Staffer to a no longer serving MEP, where that MEP has recently ceased being an MEP during the six months immediately preceding the 2024 awards ceremony. Where any such restrictions apply as to who can win an award, these are clearly mentioned on the online nomination form.

Who can nominate a potential award winner?

Anyone over the age of 18 is entitled to nominate anyone qualified to win that specific award. The nomination must be made in English using the official online nomination form, which will be available on this website from 26th October 2023. No other form of nomination will be accepted. MEPs or MEP assistants, as applicable, can nominate themselves for an award using the same official online nomination form.

How are nominees shortlisted?

Once nominations are closed, the long list of all nominees will be reduced to a shortlist of a minimum of three potential winners for each award. This shortlist is produced by the journalists and other team members at The Parliament based on how closely the written nominations meet the published guidelines and criteria for each award.
The shortlist is not derived from the number of nominations a nominee receives. Being nominated more times than any other nominee does not imply or guarantee a nominee will be shortlisted. However, having multiple nominations that supply additional relevant information in support of a nominee’s claim to be shortlisted, may help a nominee’s case.

How are the winners determined?

Once the shortlist of potential winners has been agreed the list is published on this website. The panel of judges then meets, evaluates the nominations of the shortlisted nominees and determines the winner of each award based on how closely each nominee meets the published criteria.
Our judges represent a broad cross-section of organisations working with and around the European Parliament, but not specifically for the institution. In the past judges have come from organisations related to promotion of democracy, promotion of transparency in democracy, from human rights organisations, from journalism or other areas working closely with the European Union.
Though we aim to make the shortlisting and judging process as fair and transparent as possible, neither employees of The Parliament nor the judges can enter into discuss or debate about whether individuals were shortlisted or chosen as winners, or not. The judges’ decision as to who wins an award is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Anyone making a nomination will be asked to confirm they accept this at the time of nominating.

Judges’ decision is final

As mentioned above staff of The Parliament and the judges will not enter into discussion or debate about the selection of the shortlist or winners of awards. The Parliament staff and the judges’ decision as to who has been shortlisted or who wins an award is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Anyone making a nomination will be asked to confirm that they accept this at the time of nominating.

No involvement of partners in nominations or judging process

In order to finance the MEP Awards and to ensure the event remains free for those attending, the organiser accepts revenue from a number of organisations as partners for different aspects of the awards ceremony. However, these organisations are not involved in the nomination, shortlisting or judging process in any way and have no influence on the outcome of who receives an award. They are also not associated with any award or category.

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