Former Algarve MP Mendes Bota (PSD) has received a medal of merit and been considered an honorary member of the European Council in Strasbourg for his “dedication to the European cause” and for standing for “the principles of human dignity, democracy and the rule of law”.
The announcement came from the ex-MP himself over the weekend.
It is yet another international distinction for Bota, who in November received the “Scandinavian Human Dignity Award 2014” for his efforts to fight human trafficking in Europe (see story ‘Algarve MP awarded Scandinavian human rights award’ at www.portugalresident.com).
After 24 years as an MP, Mendes Bota retired from his parliamentary life in November to take on a new job at the office of European Commissioner of Research, Innovation and Science, Carlos Moedas.
Known for his human rights campaigns, Mendes Bota also built a reputation for campaigns to repair railway toilets and censure pop-up nightclubs that keep people awake at night during the summer.
He became an MP in 1991 and was recently the president of Portugal’s Parliamentary Committee for Ethics, Citizenship and Communication.