14 May 2013
10 May 2013
WIL Board members Edit Herczog and Antonyia Parvanova and WIL member Edite Estrela were recognized for their outstanding work in the European Parliament at the MEP Awards Gala 2010 organized by the Parliament Magazine. Each year the magazine recognizes those members of the European Parliament who have MEPs they feel have done exceptionally good work in their policy area.
Edit Herczog was awarded for her efforts in the area of Justice & Civil Liberties, particularly for her fight against counterfeiting and piracy. Throughout her activity, Edit has been actively raising the public awareness upon the consequences of using counterfeit products for the economy and job creation. She is an active advocate for the protection of intellectual property online and is driving initiatives in the area from her role as governor of the European Internet Foundation.
The MEP Award for Health was received by WIL Board member Antonyia Parvanova, who notably initiated a campaign on Patients' Rights in Europe in 2007 and has been actively involved ever since in pushing for healthcare policies that take into consideration the European demographic challenge and the need to cut health costs in the long-term, by investing in the current infrastructure. She is also campaigning for a standalone Health and Food Safety Committee in the Parliament, to address these issues more efficiently.
Awarded for her work in the policy area of Employment and Social Affairs, WIL Member Edite Estrela dedicated this prize to all European women. She has driven actions to ensure that gender equality is reflected in any legislation concerning Europeans’ professional and personal lives, particularly advocating for the right to paternity leave and the extension of maternity leave from 14 to 20 weeks.