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European Association Awards Announces 2017 Winners


24 Feb 2017


Global Europe
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24 February 2017, BRUSSELS – At a ceremony today in Brussels, the 13 winners of the inaugural edition of The European Association Awards were revealed. The programme recognises exceptional achievements and campaign excellence taking place throughout Europe, at both in-country and panEU levels. Winners were chosen from among more than 60 finalists, and include both individuals and teams who have worked to ensure their organisation’s members’ voices are heard.

The ceremony, held in Brussels at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, was hosted by BBC presenter Mark Mardell. More than 250 people attended the ceremony, and the entries and audience composition reflected the truly pan-EU nature of the awards. While congratulating the winners, Mardell remarked that organisers were also pleased with the quantity and quality of entries for this inaugural edition.

Claire Wormsley, Managing Director of Global Conference Network (GCN), the Award organisers, said “More than half of the ceremony attendees today are director level and above, and this reflects the real importance of these awards. Our judging panel, including Secretary Generals from leading European Associations, worked diligently to review the entries Selecting the final winners was not an easy task, and we’re very grateful for their support.” 

She added, “Today’s winners should be proud. Earning a European Excellence Award is a significant achievement, and reflects the exceptional efforts and outstanding results they have achieved in the association sector.”

The winners of the 2017 edition of the European Association Awards are as follows:

Best Association Website: European Aluminium

Best Use of Social Media: Recruitment & Employment Confederation – IRP Awards Shortlisted Selfies

Best Association Magazine or Publication: FoodDrinkEurope - Ingredients for a Circular Economy

Best Association Newsletter: AOSpine - AOSpine Newsletter

Best Networking Event: SolarPower Europe - A Celebration of Solar

Best Association Awards Event: European Association of Communications Agencies - Euro Effie Awards 2016 2

Best Association Conference: Association for Financial Markets in Europe – AFME’s Annual European Market Liquidity Conference

Best Training Initiative: The Law Society of Scotland - Street Law

Best Lobbying Campaign: European Association for the Study of Obesity - European Obesity Day 2016

Best Provision of Industry Information and Intelligence: The European Biomass Association - AEBIOM Statistical Report 2016

Best Association Supplier or Partner: Conference Partners

Association Leadership Award: Orgalime - Adrian Harris

Overall Best European Association: WindEurope

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For more information contact:

Kate Jeffery

Marketing Director, Global Conference Network

+44 (0)7977 107568

Amy Johnson


+ 33 (0)6 64 76 69 09


Notes to editors:

About the European Association Awards:

The European Association Awards 2017 have been developed to recognise excellence and exceptional achievements in European trade and professional associations. By bringing together an outstanding panel of judges, representing associations from every sector, these awards recognise individuals, teams and initiatives and highlight excellence in how associations operate and serve their members.

About The Global Conference Network:

The Global Conference Network (GCN) has been established to provide quality information and events for associations and event companies. We aim to facilitate dialogue and strategic thinking amongst associations through a variety of different forums and channels. Through events, education and industry wide projects we are looking to facilitate best practice within associations and provide an industry wide voice to external organisations including educational institutions, suppliers and government bodies.


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