200 participants discovered live tonight in Brussels the results of the 2016 European Tree of the Year contest at the annual Award Ceremony organised by the Environmental Partnership Association and the European Landowners’ Organisation with the support of TetraPak. The winner of this year edition is the Hungarian Oldest Tree of Bátaszék with 72,653 votes. The second place, with 43,451 votes is for the Czech Thousand Year Old Lime from Tatobity and the third place with 29,114 votes is for the Slovak Pear from Bošáca – Zabudišová.
The ceremony was organized under the patronage of RNDr. Pavel Poc MEP, vice Chair of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety of the European Parliament and Doc. RNDr. Ladislav Miko, PhD., Deputy Director General for the Food chain, DG Health and Food Safety, European Commission.
The event was co-chaired by Ladislav Miko and Natalie Pauwels, Assistant to the Director General, DG Environment of the European Commission and counted with the presence of Janez Potočnik, former European Commissioner for Environment and a video address by Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for the Environment. Karmenu Vella greeted the European Tree of the Year as a contest paying tribute the history of trees and the special relation that we share with them: “Trees are a great reminder of how important nature is in our life”.