For immediate release: 13 November 2017
Harrow and Brent United Deaf club is shortlisted for European Public Affairs Award 2017
Brussels-based public affairs professionals will gather on 22 November 2017 to discover who has won this year’s European public affairs awards.
A total of 99 in-house, trade association, public sector, NGO, professional body, think tank and consultant professionals have been shortlisted for t awards to be announced at Brussels’ Le Plaza Hotel at an awards ceremony hosted by Politico Managing Editor, Florian Eider.
The awards cover 22 different categories encompassing all aspects of the Brussels lobbying scene including, for the first time, an award for the best Brexit-related campaign, a popular category where six entrants have been shortlisted.
Harrow and Brent United Deaf Club is shortlisted for two categories: ‘Public Sector Campaign of the Year’ and ‘NGO Campaign of the Year’.
Also for the first time this year, marking the organisers’ commitment to transparent lobbying, entrants were encouraged to note their identification number on the transparency register jointly run by the European Commission and the European Parliament.
The awards are organised by Government Knowledge, the UK Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) and Zetter’s Political Services, with support from the European Centre for Public Affairs, (ECPA) the European Public Affairs Consultancies’ Association (EPACA), the Society of European Affairs Professionals (SEAP) and the International Communications Consultancy Organisation (ICCO).
Judges, 55 in total, were drawn from across the public affairs scene and headed by six senior judges who are tasked with deciding the winner of the outstanding contribution award. The six are Michael Burrell, Lionel Zetter, Christophe Lecureuil (ECPA Executive Director), Karl Isaksson (EPACA Chairman), Rui Faria da Cunha (SEAP Director General) and Francis Ingham (PRCA Executive Director).
Burrell said that the judges were impressed by the quality and variety of this year’s entries, noting that many included impressive deployment of social media techniques in support of direct lobbying activities.
Asif Iqbal MBE, President of Harrow and Brent United Deaf Club was delighted with the news: “It came as a great surprise to find that HBUDC has been shortlisted in two categories. It is a great honour for our Club to be recognised at the European level as result of our sheer dedication to working with the community and making difference to deaf people’s lives“.