Most Innovative Development by an Association

ENTSO-E – Stakeholder relations; Internal organisation; Strategy and Communication
ENTSO-E, the European Network of Transmission System Operators, represents 43 electricity transmission system operators (TSOs) from 36 countries across Europe. ENTSO-E was established and given legal mandates by the EU?s Third Legislative Package for the Internal Energy Market in 2009, which aims at further liberalising the gas and electricity markets in the EU.

ENTSO-E members share the objective of setting up the internal energy market and ensuring its optimal functioning, and of supporting the ambitious European energy and climate agenda. One of the important issues on today’s agenda is the integration of a high degree of Renewables in Europe’s energy system, the development of consecutive flexibility, and a much more customer centric approach than in the past.

ENTSO-E is committed to develop the most suitable responses to the challenge of a changing power system while maintaining security of supply. Innovation, a market based approach, customer focus, stakeholder focus, security of supply, flexibility, and regional cooperation are key to ENTSO-E’s agenda.

Eurochild – Eurochild Children’s Council
As a representative body of children’s rights organisations in Europe, Eurochild has recognised the need to engage the voices of children themselves. Nothing about us, without us, applies equally to children. In April 2017, Eurochild adopted a Child Participation Strategy with the goal of embedding high quality, meaningful child participation in our work and to support members’ participative activities of children & young people.

With the aim of achieving a ‘gold standard in participatory practice’ by 2020, we involve children directly in our activities (advocacy, event planning & delivery, and organisational development) and support more effective participatory practices in our membership.

Every year Eurochild brings children to the European Parliament around Universal Children’s Day on 20th November to meet with elected members. In 2017, our newly established Eurochild Children’s Council raised the profile of children’s participation at the highest level and received the commitment from European Parliament President Tajani to mark Universal Children’s Day every year to assess progress on children’s rights, in the plenary of the European Parliament. This commitment marks a turning point for the recognition of children’s rights.

Additionally, the inclusion and engagement of children and young people in the annual General Assembly as co-creators and workshop participants drives Eurochild network to be as participatory as possible. From communications to logistics and engagement, engaging children makes us as a network, more creative and reflective.

European Respiratory Society – Creation of the European Lung Foundation (ELF)
Many medical societies have a mission to improve the lives of people living with the condition that they serve. However, few actually engage with patients in their everyday activities. The future of healthcare relies on a changing population; an informed public that is able to better look after their own health and prevent disease, and empowered patients able to manage their own long-term conditions and treatments.

The European Respiratory Society (ERS) founded and funds an organisation which fosters the relationship between patients and the public and respiratory healthcare professionals. This organisation, the European Lung Foundation (ELF), supports the ERS membership by providing reliable and trustworthy patient information, raising awareness about lung health and disease in the general population and by ensuring that the latest developments in the field are picked up by the media and policy makers. ELF also ensures that patients are fully involved in the activities of the ERS, by bringing together a network of European patient organisations, managing the involvement of patients at the ERS International Congress, and ensuring medical guidelines and scientific research is patient focussed.

This innovative and unique development by ERS has led to a real partnership between its members (healthcare professionals) and the people whose lives they aim to improve (patients).

European Telecommunication Networks Operator’s Association (ETNO)- Thought-leadership report “Lead or Lose”
Can a trade association start a thought-leadership exercise and ignite cultural change for a whole industry? This is the challenge that ETNO and its Members set for the Association in 2017, at a moment in which society and economy are undergoing a fundamental transformation fostered by ubiquitous connectivity and widespread digitisation.

The tool chosen for starting the thought-leadership project was a ground-breaking, high-level report co-created by ETNO, the CEOs of its companies and Accenture Strategy. The final result was ‘Lead or lose – a vision for Europe’s digital Europe’, a report on how to maximise the opportunities from digitisation by leveraging positive transformation of the telecoms industry and of the respective public policies.

The objective of starting a thought-leadership exercise and igniting change was achieved with: (1) a major launch event involving the Financial Times, leading telco CEOs and a European Commission; (2) the start of an off-line industry conversation on bringing forward the action points outlined in the report; (3) an online conversation empowered by thorough Twitter & LinkedIn engagement as well as a dedicated mini-website.

Challenges and lessons drawn from the project include learning points on governance, content as well as maximising the external impact.

EUSalt – Safety Awards
EUsalt, the European Salt Producers’ Association represents salt producers located across Europe and worldwide since 2004. We represent those producing crystalized salt (NaCl) as an end-product regardless of the production method, whether it is solar salt, rock salt or vacuum/evaporated salt.

The EUsalt Safety award is innovative and unique in different ways. At the yearly General Assembly, the safety projects are presented the ‘Pecha Kucha’ way, where a maximum of 20 images are shown, each for 20 seconds. It is a great format to share a project in a dynamic, relaxed and concise way.

Thanks to this way of presenting the projects, we get maximum engagement from the audience. We have experienced that it is a perfect way to share best practices among our members and participants to the General Assembly. The EUsalt Safety award itself is also unique and innovative, it is made out of salt from a different salt company every year.

Eurovent Association – Eurovent Middle East
The Eurovent Association is Europe’s Industry Association for Indoor Climate (HVAC), Process Cooling, and Food Cold Chain Technologies, representing more than 1.000 manufacturers and associations.

As the first-ever European industry association and within a very short time period, Eurovent has managed to set up a strong regional chapter focussed on Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states called ‘Eurovent Middle East’. Today, this chapter is home to close to 35 manufacturers and receives numerous requests to extend its scope of work and membership base from within the GCC.

In the process of its creation, the association had to overcome multiple barriers, ranging from the resistance of national member associations to financing issues. Originally set up as a specific type of working group, Eurovent Middle East has meanwhile developed into one of the most respected HVACR industry stakeholders in the GCC region. The Eurovent team managed to do so in a self-funding manner with a very limited amount of financial resources – using no funds from the European mother association.

Through participating in the European Association Awards 2018, the Eurovent team would like to motivate fellow European associations to follow their footsteps while shedding light on this important issue.

Liechtenstein Bankers Association (LBA) – Villa Wirbelwind
Villa Wirbelwind – One of a Kind in Europe
A lighthouse project in Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein’s banks are among the most modern employers in the region. The compatibility of work and family is an important topic for the Association and its member banks. With the day-care centre “Villa Wirbelwind”, opened in 2017, the Liechtenstein Bankers Association (LBA) has implemented a project that is unique across Europe, thanks to which bank employees can make use of high quality childcare for their children. In light of the challenging environment in the market for skilled workers, this is an important milestone in the safeguarding of expertise and skills within the banks, the promotion of equal opportunities and the facilitation of reintegration into working life after parental leave. In addition, the offer is a clear commitment to the bank’s location and increases the appeal of Liechtenstein as a place of work for international experts. In view of the constantly increasing demand for childcare places, this is an important step in order to ensure that the banks continue to be among the most innovative and attractive employers in the future. Furthermore, the banks in Liechtenstein are recognising their social responsibility with this project.

This initiative of an entire sector is unique and presents a model for similar projects. It creates additional value for those businesses, for which equal opportunities and the compatibility of work and family are not just lines on a page, and for all employees, particularly women, who want to exploit their full potential and develop themselves further. The uncomplicated cooperation of all parties involved brought the project forward with a real energy. There were no delays in the building work and the budget was not exceeded. In less than 2 years, a public-private partnership has resulted in an institution, which will continue to flourish over the coming years. This increases Liechtenstein’s appeal as a business location. Lastly, it is hoped that the children have as much fun as possible in the Villa Wirbelwind and are comfortable and happy there.

The Law Society of Scotland – New charity – The Lawscot Foundation

In spite of there being no undergraduate tuition fees in Scotland, the numbers of lower socio-economic groups commencing university is significantly lower than elsewhere in the UK, and law is particularly poorly represented. We don’t want the Scottish legal profession to become a profession which can only be accessed by those with the financial means to qualify. The Lawscot Foundation has been set up not only to provide direct financial assistance but also a crucial mentoring scheme which links the students with graduates and experienced solicitors to offer guidance, advice, support and encouragement.

The Lawscot Foundation is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) registered with OSCR.

The first students have started to receive support from the recently launched Lawscot Foundation. The eight school pupils, who have all had offers to study law at Scottish universities and are facing financial difficulties, are the first to be offered financial and mentoring support from the charity. It aims to help them as they study for an LLB degree and/or the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice and forms a key part of our work to create a more diverse legal profession.