Overall Best Small European Association (secretariat with less than 30 employees)
Introducing Accountancy Europe
Accountancy Europe is a young name with a great legacy. After 30 years of gaining credibility on the EU scene as the Fédération des experts-comptables européens (FEE), 2018 marked the second year under our new name Accountancy Europe.
We are the umbrella organisation for 51 professional bodies from 37 countries. We unite 1 million professional accountants, auditors and advisors working in all kinds of organisations. Their expertise spreads widely in areas such as finance, corporate social responsibility, audit, tax and financial advice and consultancy.
We saw the change of name as an opportunity to better represent our members. There was a disconnect between what we did for the European profession and what our look and feel suggested. We aimed to be seen as transparent, broader, more outward-looking and to represent people.
Home Appliance Europe (APPLiA)
In 2018, APPLiA initiated several key initiatives and rather unconventional types of events which increased largely the reach of the Association. We sent a warm goodbye to CECED and welcomed APPLiA. The change in the brand strategy and the new image of the Association resulted in Paolo Falcioni and Korrina Hegarty’s participation in the short movie “Chouchotage” which has been shown to a high number of festivals all over the world and has already won prestigious prizes, such as a golden medal for a Best Film on the topic of Future Energy & Resources at the Innsbruck Nature Film Festival in Austria, a Silver Medal in the Manhattan Short Film Festival 2018 in New York and another prize in the Savigliano Film Festival in Italy. Last but not least, on December 12th, 16 Brussels-based professionals split in 8 teams played table soccer for a good cause. The award of the winners of the “Score for Charity” tournament, organised by APPLiA, was a highly efficient tumble dryer which they have chosen to donate to Oasis Belgium. The organisation works closely with communities in need and is in a process of identifying the right family.
Cerame-Unie – The European Ceramic Industry Association
Cerame-Unie (CU) is the voice of the European ceramic industry. It covers a wide range of products including bricks & roof tiles, clay pipes, wall & floor tiles, refractories, sanitaryware, table & ornamentalware, technical ceramics, expanded clay and porcelain enamel. The industry generates over 200,000 direct jobs and a production value of €31 billion in the EU. The CU secretariat composed by nine employees maintains the secretariat of CU as well as the secretariat of six of its sub-sectors in addition to two international platforms, the World Ceramic Tiles Forum and the World Refractory Association.
The CU team features experts on trade and internal market, climate and energy, construction and sustainability, research & innovation, environment, and health and safety; a staggering breadth of issue expertise even for a larger association. This allows the team to deliver for our membership across the full spectrum of issue areas in addition to specific sectoral issues.
In 2018, the common actions of the European ceramic industry coordinated under Cerame-Unie resulted in significant achievements, notably in the fields of climate & energy and trade, largely perceived by the membership as contributing positively to the competitiveness of the sector.
European Association of Remote Sensing Companies (EARSC)
The European Association of Remote Sensing companies (EARSC) represents the interest of companies dealing with satellite earth observation services. These highly innovative companies, 95% of which have less than 10 employees, are at the forefront of the digital revolution seeking to position themselves between large satellite companies and the digital giants of Google and Amazon which are entering the business. It is a very exciting time.
Over the last 3 years, a transformation has been taking place as EARSC has moved from a business model based solely on membership fees to one which is dominated by projects; today only 20% of the revenue for the Association is coming from fees.
This transformation is based on a policy that projects must support the goals of our members. Maintaining transparency, neutrality and trust is a priority over all else. This policy has been executed very successfully by the growing secretariat led by Geoff Sawyer a well-known expert in the industry. The team has grown from 2 part-time to 8 persons over the last 3 years with a dedicated office for the first time in our history!
The success of this policy is visible by the appreciation of both members and major institutions.
European Crop Protection Association (ECPA)
We represent the crop protection industry in Europe. Our members develop innovative and science-based solutions that keep crops healthy and contribute to providing Europeans with a safe, affordable, healthy, and sustainable food supply. We believe policy should be informed by science and designed to manage risk. We advocate for a predictable and proportionate EU regulatory environment that fosters innovation and encourages competitiveness. We listen and learn from stakeholders and the public, and engage in dialogue on key topics to better understand the interests, views and perspectives of others working towards sustainable agricultural productivity. We deliver awareness raising and stewardship activities for the safe and sustainable use of pesticides in Europe, encouraging management practices that safeguard harvests, human health, and the environment. We engage. We listen. We act. We are the European Crop Protection Association.
European Union of Private Hospitals (UEPH)
The European Union of Private Hospitals is an umbrella organisation representing and defending the interests of the private hospitals in Europe.
I, the Secretary General, was hired in July 2016 and since then I’ve been dedicating all my time and energies to try to accreditate UEHP as a valuable partner for projects and events, as well as an appreciable stakeholder in the healthcare field. We in UEHP are a very small team (I am the only person in the Secretariat), but the cooperative spirit which pervades us makes us work well together even with tough deadlines to meet, lots of responsibilities and travels.
There is something I cannot write down to you: it is our enthusiasm in doing things to make lives of patients better and to promote the quality and safety of the treatments, as well as the access to healthcare for all!
I will not try to convince you that we are worthy of winning this award. I will just say that I believe we are a good exemple of efficiency in a period of time when the EU is so much calling on governments and stakeholders to “Do more with less!”.
SolarPower Europe is the top-rated association for energy and climate advocacy in the world today, according to the independent InfluenceMap rankings. This has been achieved through a concerted effort to re-position the association by increasing visibility – using communications and events – and developing thought leading policy initiatives. Just three years since the association faced a terminal decline, we now have over 200 diverse members from Ikea and Google to ArcelorMittal and Tesla. We now have a suite of 4 world-class award-winning events that generate over 600,000 Euros of income and cover issues from corporate sourcing of renewable energy to the digitalisation of the energy system with the consumer at its core. We have an award-winning market intelligence team, for markets across the world We are also leading policy initiatives, being the first association to drive and create an industrial policy for renewable energy, achieve higher renewable energy targets for 2030 and win a major geo-politically charged trade case to end trade tariffs on Chinese solar panels – making solar affordable to all EU consumers. Our work leads us to be regularly featured in leading media outlets such as the BBC, FT, Guardian to Bloomberg.
Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies
We are the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, the official think tank of the European People’s Party. Our mission and ultimate goal is to provide decision makers and opinion leaders assistance in formulating new and effective policy decisions, put forward ground-breaking ideas and provide a forum where they can be debated. We see the European Union as the biggest, prosperous and ambitious project.
Though we are based in Brussels, we co-organise more than 100 high-level debates and events across Europe and the world with the help of more than 500 speakers and experts and more than 40 partners in Europe.
We are proud to be the lead front in drafting and put into practice several projects throughout the year such as Net@Work and Economic Ideas Forum.
We have a strong presence in social media and use several platforms to connect to our audience, with two newsletters, two podcast, an interview series and two video formats we promote on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Soundcloud. Our aim is to promote and inform viewers of our work and projects across Europe and the work of our members and partners.