AEGPL General Manager Samuel Maubanc presented an award for contributions to Regional Development to Dutch MEP Lambert Van Nistelrooij in Brussels this week at the MEP awards ceremony.
The annually held MEP awards, hosted by European Commissioner and Vice-president Maroš Šefčovič, recognise outstanding contributions by MEPs in eighteen different fields ranging from animal welfare to economic and monetary affairs.
Noting the importance of LPG in providing clean and lower carbon energy to consumers in Europe's regions, Samuel Maubanc told the audience of around 250 MEPs, industry and civil society representatives and other stakeholders that "AEGPL, representing a sector so heavily involved in Europe's regions and rural areas, is very proud to formally recognise the contribution of MEPs in this field".
MEP Van Nistelrooi was one of three shortlisted nominees, a list which included MEP Jan Olbrycht of Poland and MEP Oldrich Vlasak of the Czech Republic.
Mr. Van Nistelrooij, who is the EPP Group Coordinator on the Parliament's Regional Development Committee, is well known in the European Parliament for his commitment to ensuring financial access for regional development, combatting energy poverty, and opening up rural areas. He also, coincidentally, chaired an AEPGL hosted breakfast event held in April in the topic of decentralizing energy systems in Europe. He accepted the award on behalf of his nominated colleagues and noted, "It is great to be in the tradition of Jacques Delors, talking about regions and being close to people". This sentiment was echoed by Samuel Maubanc who said after the ceremony "The LPG industry remains a sector that has real connections to people in Europe's regions, and in supporting this award, we not only recognise and celebrate the contribution of MEPs who are fighting for better cohesion between Europe's more and less populated areas, but also highlight the important role LPG has to play in these areas".
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