ZAGREB, March 22, 2019 – The Croatian member of the European Parliament, Marijana Petir (EPP), is the recipient of this year’s MEP Award for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, presented by The Parliament Magazine.
Petir was nominated by the European State Forest Association (EUSTAFOR) at the proposal of the Croatian Wood Cluster and the Croatian Exemplary Rural Women association, her office said in a press release on Thursday.
“It is with great honour and gratitude that I receive this award that represents the crowning of my work in the AGRI Committee in the past five years. I would like to dedicate this award to the Croatian farmers, the young ones who represent a real inspiration for me with the creativity and innovation they bring to agriculture,” Petir said at the award-giving ceremony in Brussels on Wednesday evening.
The awards, also known as EU Oscars, were also presented for development; digital single market; economic and monetary affairs; education, culture and media; employment, social affairs and regions; energy; environment; health; industry, research and innovation; internal market and consumer protection; international trade; justice and gender equality; security and defence; and transport and tourism.
This year’s Outstanding Achievement Award went to Guy Verhofstadt, the chairman of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) group in the European Parliament.
“I think these awards are very important as they are proof of the existence of something that populists and nationalists always deny – the existence of a real, true, trans-national, pan-European democracy,” Verhofstadt said at the ceremony.
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