Julie Girling MEP has won a top award, voted on by her peers, for her work on countryside issues. At the Annual Awards in Brussels, organised by Parliament Magazine, Julie was named MEP of the Year for her work on Agriculture and Rural Business Development.
The European Parliament was invited to vote to decide which MEP had made the greatest impact on key aspects including animal health and welfare, product quality and food security.
Mrs Girling, Conservative MEP for the South West and Gibraltar, was praised for her longstanding support of better animal welfare and for her successful management the Parliament’s position on National Emissions Ceilings, helping to deliver tough new targets aimed at reducing air pollution and cutting premature deaths from poor air quality. She was also recognised for her recent report on guidelines to improve the welfare of the EU’s seven million horses and donkeys.
After receiving her award Mrs Girling said: “I am truly honoured. When the recognition comes from your fellow MEPs it really means something.”
“I have always tried to do my best for the countryside, for animal welfare, for farming and for the environment, which can be a difficult balancing act – so it is nice to receive a little pat on the back.”
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16 Jan 2018
Campaigning MEP Julie Girling has been successful today in moves in the European Parliament to ban so-called pulse fishing. Mrs Girling, MEP for the South West and Gibraltar, linked with colleagues in the Parliament’s Green, Liberal, Left and Socialist groups in a vote to end the destructive practice, which is […]
15 Jan 2018
Campaigning MEP Julie Girling is leading a move in the European Parliament tomorrow (Tuesday) to ban so-called pulse fishing. The technique kills fish and other marine life indiscriminately with a powerful electric shock. Mrs Girling, MEP for the South West and Gibraltar, has linked with colleagues in the European Parliament’s […]
27 Nov 2017
Farmers can today breathe a sigh of relief after EU Member States voted to re-licence the weed killer Glyphosate for five years. While the compromise fell short of the 15 year renewal preferred by the British Government, this is a victory for farmers after increasing fears that an agreement would […]
27 Nov 2017
Horse welfare campaigner Julie Girling has warmly welcomed moves to set up a multi-national steering group to improve equine protection and care. The British MEP, whose own comprehensive report on equine welfare was adopted by the European Parliament earlier this year, described the proposals for co-ordinated action across the EU […]
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