Mary Lou Mc Donald shortlisted for MEP of The Year Award
It has been announced that Mary Lou Mc Donald has been shortlisted by the European Parliament Magazine "The Parliament" as "MEP of the Year".
The prestigious annual awards running since 2005 each year ask MEP to vote for the most capable Parliamentarians in ten sectoral categories. Only three MEPs are shortlisted in each category.
Despite being from one of the smaller political groupings in the parliament Ms Mc Donald has achieved the rare honour of being one of a select group shortlisted and the first Irish MEP.
The nominations are open to only selected NGOs and Not For Profit Groups, and the voting, which takes place in September on the shortlist is by all the MEPs 'who has made the most valuable contribution in the field of employment policy'.
Speaking from Strasbourg Mary Lou Mc Donald said "I am delighted that the hard work myself and my team have been making in the field of employment and workers rights is recognised".
The award ceremoney and results will be announced at the Brussels Renaissance Hotel on Tuesday 9th October 2007.
What the MEP Awards 2007 have said about Mary Lou McDonald:
Mary Lou MacDonald has a background of involvement in trade unions and employment and was elected to the European Parliament in 2004. This year she has kept employment in focus and has been busy driving a report on the ILO Maritime Labour Convention through Parliament and the Employment and Social Affairs Committee. The code was adopted in February this year following MacDonald's close coordination with the Commission and workers' representatives.
She has also pushed for action to be taken against the growing problem of corporate manslaughter and has worked to support community groups by providing them access to the European institutions. MacDonald says this year employment issues will continue to be uppermost in her mind and she will press the EU to prioritise social inclusion. She says that she will also be continuing to ask questions on child poverty and pressuring for the empowerment of marginalised groups. Macdonald is also a substitute member on the Civil Liberties Committee.