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Public Affairs Action Day – 30 November

Conference season is upon us once again. And boy does our workshop at last year’s Public Affairs Agenda two day extravaganza seem like an age ago. This year we’re partnering with the good folks at Dods on their European Public Affairs Action Day to be held on the 30 November at the Renaissance Hotel (it is a day rather than a summit this year, but the hotel remains the same).

We shall be hosting one of the workshop sessions, which will be structured in the form of a panel discussion complete with Q&A. Our panel is entitled “To Twitter or not to Twitter: the use of digital tools in public affairs” and will run in the second morning slot from approximately 11.30 until lunch. Appearing on our panel will be:

  • Alexander Alvaro MEP talking about the use of the internet by Members of the European Parliament in and after the election campaign earlier this year.
  • Pat Cleary our SVP of digital public affairs from our Washington DC office talking about the use of twitter in advocacy campaigns on the basis of a recent piece of work he did for the Fix Housing First coalition.
  • Mark Redgrove. Mark heads up communication at manufacturing industry association Orgalime. He shall speak about how his organisation is using the internet to support advocacy in a Brussels based context

Registrations are not yet open, but should be soon here. We hope you can join us.

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We have a winner: digital communications sweeps Brussels awards ceremony

Fleishman-HillardLast 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 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 online campaign. Some stiff competition, but fingers crossed.


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