The Parliament Magazine’s MEP Awards were established to recognise MEPs 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.
BBI JU was the proud sponsor of The Research & Innovation Award in 2018's edition. This year's R&I nominees were:
- Franc Bogovič, Slovenia
- Maria Spiraki, Greece
- Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, Finland
The Award ceremony was held in Brussels on 21 March.
Franc Bogovič MEP was the winner of the Research and Innovation Award.
BBI JU congratulates the winner and the other nominees for their outstanding contribution in helping European Union to develop a sustainable and competitive bio-based sector.
Franc Bogovič MEP
Over the last year, Franc Bogovič has hosted or participated in a number of conferences focusing on the circular economy potential of new technologies, primarily in the agriculture sector.
He also hosted, with cooperation from the European biotech industry association EuropaBio and the EU-backed BBI-JU public-private partnership, a 'European Biotech Week' exhibition in the Parliament. This aimed at educating the public on new plant-breeding techniques and highlighting the potential of reusing biomaterials.
Along with fellow AGRI Committee MEP Tibor Szanyi, he was also successful in acquiring €3.3m of EU funding for a Preparatory Action “Smart rural areas in the 21st Century”, aimed at implementing successful practices, ICT and online processes, such as digital hubs. This ‘Smart Villages’ idea is, he says, closely linked to the Digital Single Market, digital platforms, urban-rural links, the sharing and collaborative economy, rural mobility and the bioeconomy and looks to improve quality of life, education and employment.