On 25 June MEP Judith Sargentini (Greens/EFA) has won the Fair Politician of the Year Award. The announcement was made during the official ceremony in the European Parliament, where several MEPs and others who were interested were gathered. Among all 754 MEPs, Sargentini put most efforts into making EU policies more fair towards developing countries.
Sargentini: ‘I have been fighting for the award for a couple of years and I am very proud to be able to call myself Fair Politician of the Year!’ Sargentini went on saying she was glad to see MEPs outside of the Development Committee being nominated and present at the ceremony, since that is all what Policy Coherence for Development is about.
During her speech a colleague of hers came in, to whom she enthusiastically said: ‘I won!’.
As the most Fair Politician Sargentini focused on multiple topics mostly in relation to trade, such as the TRIPS agreement, which endangers the access to medicine in developing countries. She was rapporteur on the Economic Partnership Agreements dossier in which she clearly pointed out the negative side effects for the Eastern and Southern African states. Sargentini also expressed her concern for the malpractices of EU companies operating abroad and the need for stricter CSR regulations. Finally she addressed the issue of conflict minerals, where she aims for an EU equivalent to the US Dodd Frank Act. In total Sargentini scored 14 points in our ranking system!
Franziska Keller (Greens/EFA)managed to win the second prize with 13 points in total. Catharina Grèze (Greens/EFA) and Helmut Scholz (GUE/NGL), both scored 8 points, sharing the third prize. Thijs Berman (S&D), Alf Svensson (EPP), Bill Newton Dunn (ALDE), Cristiana Muscardini (ECR) and Oreste Rossi (EFD) also received a prize, for being the winners of their respective political groups.. We hope that all MEPs will continue their fight against incoherencies in EU policies and we are looking forward to monitoring the parliamentary question, reports and opinions which are upcoming in the parliamentary year to come!