Last night saw the inaugural European Agenda Public Affairs Summit Gala Award ceremony, the second award ceremony of the season. Held in the (prestigious?) Renaissance Hotel’s Ball Room complete with US style oscar night voice overs (could they not find a European?) and Eurovision-esque compere, at least three of the awards recognised the role of the digital communications in Brussels.
Worthy winner of the Commissioner of the Year, Miglena Kuneva, talked about the importance of digital communications in reaching out to citizens. As did Parliament President Hans-Gert Pottering, winner of the politician of the year. The journalist of the year went to Cafe Babel – an online news platform established as the result of a year in Strasbourg as Erasmus students. Worth checking out here. And campaign of the year went to the oneseat.eu campaign, which we have written about in the past.
Finally, little old Fleishman-Hillard won Agency of the Year against some other worthy nominees (e.g. sister Omnicom company GPlus, Interel Cabinet Stewart, Blueprint). This blog and our work in the field of digital public affairs were cited by the 20 man jury as reasons for the win. It actually surprised that we weren’t told in advance. No really, we weren’t.
We also ran a workshop on digital public affairs as part of the event – slides and links to follow in a separate post for the twenty or so souls who stuck it out until the end of the day and participated.
Next stop, the European Excellence Awards in Budapest, where colleague Nick Andrews and the ATAG team are up for an award for their enviro.aero online campaign. Some stiff competition, but fingers crossed.