The annual Public Affairs Awards Europe, this year held in Brussels, and sponsored by Dehavilland EU, saw winners take home awards in 18 categories, at an event which celebrated the very best of the public affairs industry across Europe.
The prestigious event brought together leading public affairs experts at the Radisson Blu Royal on the evening of 21st of November, hosted by well-known journalist Geoff Meade.
Big winners on the night included Europe Analytica, which won In-house Team of the Year; and Interel, which won Consultancy of the Year.
The Outstanding Contribution Award, sponsored by DeHavilland EU, went to Maria Laptev, former Executive Director of the European Centre for Public Affairs; while the Promising Newcomer Award went to Anna Swierczyna, Consultant at Hanover Communications.
In-house Professional of the Year was handed to Graeme Taylor, Director of Public Affairs at the European Crop Protection Association; while Consultant of the Year went to Grégoire Poisson, Managing Partner at Interel.
Consultancy Campaign of the Year went to Interel; while the Corporate Campaign of the Year Award went to Nissan.
The Ethical Campaign Award was handed to Interel, and Best In-house Consultancy Collaboration was awarded to Hanover and Vaccines Europe.
ZN Consulting took home the Social Media Campaign of the Year Award, and the Lobbying Member States Award was awarded to Alber & Geiger.
The Lobbying the European Parliament Award was awarded to Europe Analytica.
The Think Tank of the Year Award went to the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council, while the Professional Body of the Year was awarded to ISACA.
Finally, the Collaboration with the Brussels Press Corp Award was won by Cambre Associates.
Michael Burrell, Co-Chairman of the Judging Panel and Director, European Centre for Public Affairs, said:
The award entries submitted for this evening demonstrate vividly the significant contribution that public affairs practitioners make to the development of EU public policy-making.
“Reviewing the winning entries, I was struck by how the best in our industry demonstrate an impressive combination of innovation and professionalism. We found a consistent level of hhigh-qualitypublic affairs work across all sectors – in-house, consultants, trade associations, professional bodies and NGOs alike. I am especially pleased that the outstanding contribution award went this year to Maria Laptev. I have worked with Maria and admired her work over decades and I know that the many people in the Brussels public affairs community whom she has helped over the years will be delighted to see her multiple achievements recognised with this well-deserved award”.