BBI JU proud sponsor of 2017 MEP Awards

14 March 2017

Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) is the proud sponsor of the 2017 MEP Awards for the Research & Innovation prize.

The MEP Awards celebrate the work and achievements of the European deputies across a range of policy areas.

The winner is going to be announced on the 22nd March 2017 during the Award ceremony at Concert Noble, Brussels.

The Research & Innovation Award

The Research & Innovation award recognises an MEP who has demonstrated excellence in championing the Union’s research and innovation policy, including science and technology as well as the dissemination and exploitation of research findings. In particular, it commends a dedication towards advancing Research & Development in implementing the Innovation Union. Nominations in this category should make reference to one the following criteria:

• Consistently advancing the Horizon 2020 agenda, by adapting and mobilizing the EU’s R&D and education programs to effectively promote both the economic and intellectual growth in Europe.

• Effective oversight of the activities of the Joint Research Centre, the European Research Council, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology and the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, as well as JET, ITER and other projects in the same area.

• Championing European space policy.

The Nominees

Monika HOHLMEIER (EPP, Germany)

As a member of the Budget committee, she was tireless committed to strengthen the area for research, especially the programmes Horizon 2020, COSME, CEF or Eramus+ which got additional 200 Mio. Euro in the Budget negotiations 2017. These programmes are dedicated to foster industrial leadership as well as excellent science and therefore strengthen Europe’s competitiveness. Furthermore she is also always advocating for innovative programmes in the field of Justice and Home Affairs such as interoperable data bases in the LIBE committee. 

Marian-Jean MARINESCU (EPP, Romania)

Vice-chair of the EPP Group, Marian-Jean Marinescu is a leading Parliamentary advocate of targeted investment in research and has worked continuously to ensure that Europe remains at the cutting edge of global innovation. Marinescu has sought to make access to financing easier through simplified rules with regards to 'Horizon 2020', and recently supported the adoption of a new research programme for the Research Fund for Coal and Steel. Marinescu is a graduate of aerospace engineering from the Bucharest Polytechnic Institute and has years of professional experience in this field. He is a Grand Officer of the Order of the Star of Romania, and is married with three children.

Viorica DĂNCILĂ (S&D, Romania)

Vasilica Viorica Dăncilă is a leading equal opportunities campaigner and her hard work has helped to advance the cause of equality in the workplace. As shadow rapporteur of the S&D group for the Report on women’s careers in science and universities, Dăncilă highlighted the discrimination that still exists in this field and called on the Commission to take action. She was also the initiator of a written declaration calling for the introduction of a European guarantee for women from rural areas, modelled on the Commission’s Youth Guarantee programme. As rapporteur on the 2017 EU budget, Dăncilă has consistently stressed the need for sufficient financing to promote and support quality education and job creation for women and girls.

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