Following the successful launch of the Emerging Europe Awards in June 2018, Emerging Europe, a London-based business, media and research platform, whose mission is to contribute to the social and economic growth of 23 countries of Central and South-Eastern Europe and the Caucasus, is delighted to have launched applications for the 2019 edition (deadline 31 March 2019).
“The 2018 edition of the Awards attracted almost 600 applicants from 23 countries,” said Andrew Wrobel, founding partner, strategy and content at Emerging Europe. “This year we have added a few new categories and we expect even higher interest and even more interesting initiatives, as a large number of multipliers and influencers all over the region and beyond have joined us to promote the awards.”
There are seventeen categories divided into three groups: image building, social and economic growth and two special categories for individuals who have contributed to the region’s growth; one originating from the region and one from outside the region.
Starting from 2019, Lifetime Achievement Awards will be offered by the Emerging Europe Council, which consists of 12 members, all business and political leaders, social activists and artists such as Professor Günter Verheugen, former vice-president of the European Commission, Ivan Mikloš, former deputy prime minister of Slovakia, Ion Sturza, former prime minister of Moldova, HRH Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia, Elisso Bolkvadze, a globally-recognised Georgian pianist, and Olga Grygier-Siddons, former CEO of PwC CEE.
In 2018, Emerging Europe ran its own research and published an Investment Promotion Report (full ranking below). This year the organisation will publish its first Business-Friendly City Perception Index.
“The awards are, ultimately, about rewarding excellence and highlighting best practice across the region. We want to show the best of the region and we want to help raise standards,” said Mr Wrobel. “Both the Investment Promotion Report and the Business-Friendly City Perception Index have been developed to serve these goals. During the awards we organise an investment roundtable where we share knowledge and experiences.”
“One important element which is very often underestimated is the exchange of best practices, and that is exactly what you are trying to do here. We tell each other what we have achieved, how we have achieved it, what our problems are. My strong advice would be to concentrate very much on these exchanges,” said Günter Verheugen, former vice-president of the European Commission, and the winner of the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award.
PwC CEE, which covers the entire emerging Europe region, remains the Awards’ strategic partner.
The Emerging Europe Awards will take place on June 27-28, 2019 in London. The event will start with a Cocktail Reception at the Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament). The full awards programme, which includes keynote addresses, panel discussions and the awards ceremony, will take place on June 28, at the headquarters of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
All 2019 winners will receive trophies that were designed by the two Hungarian students who won a trophy design contest — Barbara Szőke and Bálint Szalai from the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest.