Disy Euro-MP Loukas Fourlas has been named the best MEP in the health category by The Parliament magazine, the first Cypriot to secure the award, the Cyprus News Agency reported on Thursday.
The award ceremony was held on Wednesday. Introduced in 2004, the awards aim to highlight the work of MEPs who have made a significant contribution to the legislative, supervisory and budgetary role of the European Parliament.
“My selection as the best MEP in the health category, is for me the highest honour. But above all, it is an honour for my country, it is especially important to award an MEP who comes from a small country”, Fourlas said.
“I had set out before my election as an MEP to help and support efforts to improve the quality of life and health of my fellow citizens. I continue this effort with full awareness of my debt to society, in Cyprus and Europe”, Fourlas added.
On Twitter, Fourlas said the award will always remind him of the promise he made to citizens. “I dedicate this award to the patients and their families.”
Mep Award 2022. It will always remind me of the promise I made to the citizens. I dedicate this award to the patients and their families. @Parlimag @MAC_MEPs @SIOPEurope @ManfredWeber @EP_President @EPPGroup @EPPgroup_CY @Europarl_CY @DISY1976 @SKyriakidesEU 🙏🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/plyN5iHKFj
— Loucas Fourlas, MEP (@loucas_fourlas) June 30, 2022
The candidates for the award are voted by MEPS following nominations by organisations, citizens’ groups and individuals from all the EU member states, based on their contribution to the category.
The final selection is made by the editorial committee, with the participation also of EU stakeholders.
Fourlas is particularly active on issues relating to cancer.
In a congratulatory tweet, President Nicos Anastasiades noted that the MEP’s efforts for children with cancer and their families is recognised beyond Cyprus, throughout Europe.
Η δραση του @loucas_fourlas για τα παιδιά με καρκίνο και τις οικογένειές τους, για την υγεία και ευημερία, αναγνωρίζεται πέραν από την Κύπρο, και σε ολόκληρη την Ευρώπη. Συγχαρητήρια Λουκά μου για την ανάδειξή σου ως «Ευρωβουλευτής της Χρονιάς στον τομέα της Υγείας» @Parlimag. 👏 pic.twitter.com/rTCK7Ot5lt
— Nicos Anastasiades (@AnastasiadesCY) June 30, 2022