European elections 2014: Mr Mikolasik, what did you achieve as an MEP ?
In view of the elections to the European Parliament on 25 May, Europeinfos is conducting a series of interviews to illuminate the role and mission of Members of the European Parliament.
Miroslav Mikolasik is Slovakian and belongs to the Group of the European People's Party (EPP, Christian Democrats). He is a member of the Committee on Regional Development and a Substitute in the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. He was elected to the EU Parliament in 2004 and will run for a third term this year.
Mr Mikolasik, what would you say is your best experience or achievement during your 5 years’ in Parliament?
As a medical doctor and former assistant professor in the field of bioethics in Bratislava, I considered it my duty to actively take part in shaping the bioethical debate in the European Parliament. I have served as a co-chair of the Intergroup of Bioethics composed of members from different political groups and countries. Every MEP has duty to speak up and vote according his or her best knowledge and conscience. So I tried to contribute by way of my sound professional background in medicine to show and explain to my colleagues the complexity of questions regarding the human person, human dignity, human life and controversial issues in research such as human enhancement etc. and to help them to form their opinion in order to vote accordingly. I am particularly proud of my work as rapporteur on the Directive on quality and safety of human organs intended for transplantation. I am confident that increased standards for medical procedures and cooperation among Member States will save more lives of patients waiting for organ transplantation.
Could you identify your worst experience ?
It´s very sad that many Europeans, regardless of their country of origin, do not care about who represents their opinions and beliefs. They should question candidates and then only according to the answers to crucial questions and values make the decision whom to support in the elections. The situation is much worse when it comes to the protection of human life - there are not enough members elected to create a momentum when voting on such important topics.
How do you interpret the core of your mission in your role as an MEP ?
A Member of the European Parliament - and I feel it strongly - must be accountable to his electorate and should act on an everyday basis so as to bring greater well-being, more job opportunities, better standards of healthcare etc. to the citizens and to society as a whole. I consider my position to be not only a mission but also a moral duty and vocation.
Which political figure or figures inspired your engagement in Europe ?
The founding fathers of the EU started their political endeavours led by their Christian faith. As a politician - and a Christian democrat - I believe that the examples of Robert Schuman, Konrad Adenauer, Alcide de Gasperi and others of this line should be always remembered and followed.
What is lacking, in your view, in the organisational structure or in the actions of the European Parliament ? Where is urgent reform needed ?
The European Parliament is an elected body serving 500 million Europeans. It´s a huge institution which needs some organisational improvements. I would also strongly advocate our right to come up with legislative proposals as MEPs ourselves and not only after receiving proposals from the Commission and the Council.
The interview was conducted by Johanna Touzel