Press releases • 11th October 2010
Brussels, 11 October 2010: Europe’s outspoken Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding, who challenged the French President Nicholas Sarkozy over his policy towards Roma, has been nominated for European of the Year in the 2010 EVawards.
In an eclectic mixture of nominees, Spain’s World Cup-winning football team is also nominated as well as the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy.
Other prominent Europeans in the running for EV Awards include Greece’s Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou, Jean-Claude Trichet, president of the European Central Bank and Guy Verhofstadt, a former Prime Minister of Belgium, now an MEP. The UK’s new Conservative Prime Minister, David Cameron, is jointly nominated with his Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat coalition partner, Nick Clegg.
The EV Awards nominations reflect several of the year’s headline-grabbing events: ‘the bond market’ is chosen for “forcing the EU to confront flaws in the eurozone’s construction”, and Aurélie Valtat, website editor of Eurocontrol, is nominated for turning the organization’s website into a vital resource for travelers stranded by the Icelandic cloud of volcanic ash.
The 24 nominees were chosen by a panel of distinguished observers of the European scene. The panel was asked to identify those who had most influenced the EU’s agenda over the past year.
Of the nominees, five will be selected by a public vote to receive an award – and one will receive the overall ‘European of the Year’ award. Votes can be cast either online at www.evawards.org starting on Thursday 7 October, or by completing the ballot form published in European Voice. Voting closes at the end of Sunday 31 October 2010.
The awards, now in their ninth year, are given in five categories: National Politician of the Year, European Commissioner of the Year, MEP of the Year, EU Official of the Year and Inspiration of the Year.
The winners will be announced at a gala dinner at the Palais de la Bourse in Brussels on Tuesday, 30 November 2010. The event will be attended by nominees as well as by European political leaders, VIPs from the EU institutions and key EU decision-makers.