Published: Wed, 19 March 2014
MEP Kelly elected by peers as “best in class” for 2014
Sean Kelly MEP was awarded MEP of the Year for the Digital Agenda in Brussels last night. The awards ceremony recognises the work of MEPs in a series of categories and MEPs are chosen following a vote by their peers.
“I am honoured to win this award. I wish to dedicate it to the excellent work done by Coder Dojo and all of the work of the European Parliament in furthering the digital agenda.
“Our present and our future is digital. We need to foster an environment in the EU where the digital economy can generate jobs and growth and the European Parliament has a key role to play in this.
“Cyber-bullying is a worrying trend associated with so much of our lives moving online. I have held a series of forums across Ireland and in the European Parliament to gather together young people, teachers, community leaders and academics to come up with practical solutions to this scourge.
“Finally, it is a tribute to the great work done by my colleagues and I on Data Protection – the biggest global reform to privacy laws in the past 20 years.
It caps off a great week for the Irish, with the heroics of the rugby team in France and the St Patrick’s Day celebrations. The awards are like an All-Ireland medal for MEPs, so MEP Kelly has added to his 2012 award in the category of Research and Innovation, with this 2014 award for the Digital Agenda.
“I wish to devote this award to all the volunteers and activists engaged in making Ireland and Europe a more tech savvy and digitally aware place,” he concluded.