Announcement: MEP Awards to be postponed

We must regrettably announce that we have decided to postpone the MEP Awards due to take place in Brussels on March 25th until later in 2020. The health and safety of our delegates, guests, clients and staff is our number one priority and after monitoring the situation regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) closely, carefully and regularly we have concluded that it would not be possible to deliver this event as planned.

We have always determined to act in line with guidance provided by the local Health Authorities leading the response and with the National and EU Authorities advising against travel at peak times, discouraging public assemblies and encouraging working from home, we are aware this will affect many of our delegates and Award Nominees wanting to attend the event.

As soon as we are able to confirm a new date for the event, we will share that with you.


5 November 2019
' Nominations Open '
17 January 2020
' Nominations Close '
10 February 2020
' Shortlist Announced '
17 February 2020
' Judges Deliberation Day '
25 March 2020
' Award Ceremony '


2020 Judges

Our judges are proud supporters of the awards and with their wonderful expertise oversaw the final winner in each category.

We would like to thank our 2020 judging panel that comprises of the following senior figures:

Brian Johnson

Managing Editor, Parliament Magazine

The Parliament Magazine

The Parliament Magazine’s MEP awards were established to recognise deputies who have contributed significantly to the legislative, supervisory or budgetary role of the European Parliament through their parliamentary activities.  In choosing the recipients of the MEP awards, regard is given to the nominee’s achievements in the year immediately prior to receiving the award, as well as their past achievements and ongoing contribution to the European Project and their national constituencies. We are often told by stakeholders and members of the public that they want to see the Parliament Magazine’s MEP awards recognise those deputies that have helped change European society for the better, deputies whose challenges and triumphs are demonstrated in their actions, experiences and life journeys. MEPs that have taken risks, put in the time and effort and have had a positive impact on politics, policy and people.

Every year I’m humbled by the enormous efforts that our MEPs put into making Europe, and the world a better place. They aren’t perfect, they are just people like you and I, but they work hard to make a difference, and that should be recognised.” 

Follow The Parliament Magazine @Parlimag  | www.theparliamentmagazine.eu

Shada Islam

Director of Europe & Geopolitics, Friends of Europe

Friends of Europe

Shada Islam is Director of Europe and Geopolitics at Friends of Europe, an independent think tank based in Brussels. She works on issues related to the future of Europe, minority and integration challenges as well as on Europe’s relations with emerging nations. She set up the Asia Programme for Friends of Europe in 2011 and also leads its work on global trade and development issues. Shada is actively engaged in FoE's new "Migration Action" initiative aimed at encouraging reflection and discussion on Europe's challenge of developing new policies and actions to deal with refugees and migrants. She has done extensive work on the challenges facing European Muslims as regards perceptions, discrimination and marginalisation. 

“The European Parliament and its members have a key role to play in developing and communicating a new and more energising narrative on the European Union and its relevance in today’s turbulent and troubled world. It’s time to celebrate and honour the work being done by MEPs”.

Follow Shada Islam @shada_islam | www.friendsofeurope.org 

Colin Mackay

Managing Director, Brussels Writing Bureau

Brussels Writing Bureau

Colin Mackay is the Managing Director of the Brussels Writing Bureau, an independent editorial consultancy for Brussels-based companies and trade associations. He has lived and worked in Brussels since 2003. Before founding the Bureau in 2012, Colin was Director of Communications for EFPIA, the pharmaceutical industry association and for Cosmetics Europe, the Personal Care association. He also held senior roles in two international PR consultancies. He is a native of Scotland and is a graduate of the University of Stirling.

“The European Parliament, with its directly elected deputies, is the most accessible of the EU institutions. Yet much of the hard work that our MEPs undertake is done out of sight of the constituency, in Brussels and Strasbourg. Although the electorate may not see the work, it must not be undervalued. The MEP Awards provide the opportunity redress this and provide deserved recognition of their efforts.”

Follow Colin Mackay @BrusselsWriting | www.brusselswritingbureau.eu​

Ville Majamaa

Vice-President, European Youth Forum

Vice-President, European Youth Forum

An elected Vice-President of the European Youth Forum, the European umbrella organisation of youth organisations representing millions of young people in Europe, Ville Majamaa started his volunteering path at the age of 11 in a local scout group in Helsinki, Finland. Today, he has close to a decade of experience in mainstreaming youth policies in the different European Union, Council of Europe and United Nations bodies. Holding a BA in International Relations, Ville has Master's degrees in area studies from University College London and Moscow Higher School of Economics.

"The 2019 European elections proved one thing: young people care about the future of Europe. Our eyes are now on the elected MEPs and their actions to deliver to the citizens' expectations. MEP Awards are a fantastic instrument to do just this. For the jury, this is our chance to make the important but far too often under-recognised work visible and to celebrate the MEPs' daily commitment to the European democracy. "

Follow Ville Majamaa @vmajamaa  | www.youthforum.org/

Markku Markkula

First Vice-President, European Committee of the Regions

First Vice-President, European Committee of the Regions

Markku Markkula is currently the First Vice-President of European Committee of the Regions after having served as President from 2015 to 2017.

He is a member of the National Coalition Party in Finland. A member of Espoo City Council since 1980, he held its presidency in 1990-92 and 2010. He is currently the Chair of the Board of Helsinki Regional Council and the Chair of Espoo City Board.

Mr Markkula is a former member of the Finnish Parliament (1995-2003). During this time he served as a member of two permanent parliamentary committees: the Committee for Science, Education and Culture, and the Committee for the Future, as well as the President of the European Parliamentary Technology Assessment EPTA network.

As a tribute to his achievements he was elected to the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame in 2008.

Follow Markku Markkula @mmarkkula | cor.europa.eu/en

Amarjite Singh

Workers' Group, European Economic and Social Committee

Workers' Group, European Economic and Social Committee

Amarjite Singh was born in Swansea of immigrant parents in the early sixties. He  was employed in skilled building trade, then moved to Cardiff & joined Royal Mail in mid-1980s.

He became a workplace rep in 1999 and then a branch officer, becoming involved in equality issues at local and national union level. He was elected branch secretary in 2007.

He has progressed the issue of equal representation and proportionality within the union, particularly on its branch and national bodies. Externally, he has been involved in public campaigns on public services and anti-racism.

My Singh is recognised for his trade union activities by being elected as President of Wales TUC for 2012-13. He has been on the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) since 2015, which includes meeting with trade union and social organisations across the EU and with MEPs.

 "I have seen positive change by MEPs within the EU whilst being on the EESC. Apart from the legislative process, I have also seen how individual MEPs have taken up and highlighted particular issues and cases both in the European Parliament in front of their colleagues and in their home constituencies. A campaigning and proactive attitude for an MEP is a must in both fields."

Find out more  | www.eesc.europa.eu/en