It should have been a long-awaited reunion of our industry, but unfortunately Covid won’t let it happen. The rapidly increasing numbers of infected people in Austria and across Europe are bringing new restrictions and have caused such uncertainty for both, participants and speakers, that a postponement of the conference was unavoidable.
“We are very sorry that this autumn conference cannot take place. It would have been a wonderful celebration,” said Sepp Hartinger, who is responsible for organising the conference with his agency Hartinger Consulting.
The EAPC Europe Conference will now be staged in May 2022, again in Vienna. “We all hope that by then Covid will have been contained to such an extent that nothing will stand in the way of a joint meeting.”
The evening itself, which was well attended, was divided into three focal points. Firstly, a look back at the first 25 years, secondly, the presentation of the book “Pioneers of Democracy” and thirdly, two factual panels on the topics of “Democracy” and “The Role of Women in Political Consulting”.
Under the title “Zooming Into the Future”, the 54th World Conference of the International Association of Political Consultants will take place on November 4 and 5 – virtually. Over two days, each in blocks, it will highlight a wide range of issues in political consulting. Due to the pandemic, this conference has to take place virtually this year.
From 2022, Europe’s political advisers will also have their own “holiday” in the annual calendar. On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the founding of the association, the EAPC declared the founding day, September 14, as “Political Consultants’ Day”, to be celebrated annually in the future. The aim is to make the work of the sector more visible and to emphasise the contribution that political consultants make to strengthening democracy.
Election campaigns in Europe are always an extremely interesting story. Each country has its own structure, culture and its own challenges. Finding out more about the background and insides of the campaigns is very important to us as EAPC. Find out more about election campaigns in Europe through interviews with insiders.
The Covid-19 pandemic is one of the greatest challenges of our time. As part of a cooperation project between EAPC and “Palace of New Thinking” (PONT), alternative approaches in combating the crisis were developed.
Continuing to grow, attracting new members from our sector who will join us in promoting fair and respectful work and strengthen democracy in Europe with their commitment is one of the EAPC’s primary concerns. That is why we are particularly proud to present to the public personalities who have become part of our association in recent months.
Welcome to our family!
Jason MacKenzie, United Kingdom
Jason MacKenzie is a strategist, consultant and elections and campaigns director.
He is the director of strategic development at College Green Group in Westminster, London.
Jakob Ohlsson, Sweden
Jakob Ohlsson is a consultant with an unusual CV. As a self-taught activist-turned- entrepreneur he founded Reform Act – the first agency in Scandinavia focusing exclusively on political campaigns.
Anthony Grally, France
Anthony is the co-founder of Le Cab’ Politique, he’s a specialist in local elections, political communication, and campaign strategy.
To mark the current occasion, the EAPC organised two exciting events on the elections in the two countries. Ekaterina Egorova and Ilya Grashchenkov from Russia and Reza Kazemi and Lukas Holter from Germany presented background information, insights and trends. Both events are available on this website under “Events & Awards / Academy”.
By the way, the next Academy evening will take place on December 7.
Africa’s young political consultants have become increasingly important not only on this continent but also worldwide. Some years ago, they founded their own African Association of Political Consultants with an annual conference. An exchange program was launched last year to forge a new relationship between both associations.
Are you interested in being a part of the European community of political communication experts? Becoming a member offers huge benefits for yourself and your business; explore this website to find out more.
Are you searching for excellent partners for your campaign, for great consultants to advice your business or you are looking for experienced speakers for your event? Use our lists to find the person or business for the job.
EAPC is organizing an annual European conference and the EAPC Polaris award. Are you interested in participating?