Last Updated on Wednesday, 9 March, 2022 at 12:48 pm by Andre Camilleri
On Tuesday 8 March 2022, the Parliament Magazine announced that MEP Alex Agius Saliba has been, nominated for the MEP Awards 2022. Agius Saliba is the only Maltese MEP nominated for this year’s edition of the MEP Awards organised by the Parliament Magazine in collaboration with EuroNews.
He has been shortlisted together with three other members of the European Parliament for the Health and Wellbeing Award.
This nomination comes after a series of tasks he has been entrusted with in Parliament, and his work on many important initiatives related to Health and Wellbeing, such as the Right to Disconnect and better teleworking conditions for all workers, access to medicines, as well as equal opportunities for persons with disabilities.
As the Co-Chair of the Intergroup on Mental Health, MEP Agius Saliba continuously promotes the importance of mental health and wellbeing for all. He is also one of the co-founders of a cross-party interest group on medicinal cannabis, striving towards a system that places the well-being of patients and consumer rights at the helm of every decision, fighting stigma and ensuring fair access to medicinal cannabis in all EU Member States.
“I am very grateful for receiving yet another vote of support in the European Parliament. It is a very pleasant surprise and truly an honour that I have been shortlisted for this Award. I am humbled that my work is being appreciated. The nomination itself is already a great recognition of my work and regardless of the result, I will continue working tirelessly to ensure that no one is left behind. This is the social Europe that we believe in and working for as Socialists and Democrats,” he said.
This is his second nomination in under three years serving in the European Parliament, as he was also nominated for the Internal Market & Consumer Protection award in 2020. Agius Saliba has also received various other recognitions during his tenure, the latest being that from Politico in January 2022, which listed him in its People To Watch section in the digital sector for 2022, drawing on his important contributions in the sector.
The Labour Party said that the nomination is a testament to MEP Agius Saliba’s work and commitment to safeguarding the rights and wellbeing of all European workers, especially in view of the contemporary challenges of the new post-COVID digital world.