Roberta Metsola to host 2017 Parliament Magazine MEP Awards

Awards are a way to rebut criticisms and misconceptions regarding MEPs, says Metsola.

Roberta Metsola | Photo credit: European Parliament audiovisual

By Julie Levy-Abegnoli

07 Dec 2016

Maltese MEP Roberta Metsola will host the 2017 Parliament Magazine MEP Awards.

A recipient of the justice and home affairs award in both 2015 and 2016, the EPP deputy said the Parliament Magazine's annual awards were "a confirmation that there is appreciation for a person's work in the European Parliament.

"You can get elected as an MEP and basically do nothing for five years, or you can try and leave a mark. The MEP Awards are a stamp of approval that what you have done is good, and that you can go forward."

She added, "It also means that anyone coming from any country - look at me, coming from the smallest country - can win and get support from across the political divide."

Metsola is Parliament's co-rapporteur on the situation in the Mediterranean and the need for a holistic EU approach to migration, and is her group's vice-coordinator on the civil liberties, justice and home affairs committee.

At a time of crisis for the EU, she said, "Far too few people vote in the European elections, and having visible confirmation of support could engage or actually encourage people to run for the European Parliament."

"It could also show people that voting for someone does not necessarily mean they will be on the gravy train for five years - that is one of the criticisms parliamentarians receive, and you can only rebut that by showing that your work actually matters."

The MEP Awards 2017 will take place on 22 March in the prestigious Concert Noble, in the heart of Brussels' European quarter. For more information, click here.

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