For the second time in the history of the EAPC, the association is chaired by a woman. Following Gerlinde Manz-Christ, who headed the EAPC from 2010 to 2012, Gülfem Saydan Sanver, an experienced and successful political consultant and campaign expert, takes over.
“I would like to thank all members for the trust they have placed in me and I look forward to working with a strong team to successfully develop the EAPC over the next two years,” emphasized Gülfem Saydan Sanver in her inaugural speech.
In accordance with the new Constitution of the Association, the General Assembly elected a 10-member Board for the first time on May 24, 2022. And for the first time, this board consists of five women and five men. “With this, the EAPC sets a very decisive sign for equality between men and women. We are all proud that this has been achieved in this way,” Mehmet Ural, as Chairman of the Nominating Committee, underlined the historic step taken by the EAPC.
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.
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.
On April 26, the eighth Academy of the EAPC went on stage via zoom. The theme of the evening was the presidential election in Chile, which ended so surprisingly.
Matías Gálvez, involved in the campaign, gave deep insights on campaign strategy and on how voters’ opinions changed during the campaign.
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!
Hélène Masliah-Gilkarov, France
Hélène Masliah-Gilkarov has acted as Technical Expert for Public Participation and Communication with the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) located in the UNOV in Vienna.
Marina Jovanovic, Serbia
Dr. phil. Marina Jovanovic is a Consultant at the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) located in the UNOV in Vienna.
Veronika Schiftner, Germany
Veronika Schiftner is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Ecanvasser, the leading political canvassing app provider.
Alojz Peterle, Slovenia
Cofounder of Slovenian Christian Democratic Party in 1989, first democratically elected Prime Minister of Slovenia.
During an Extraordinary General Assembly held in Vienna on May 23, 2022, the EAPC adopted a comprehensive reform of the Constitution. In particular, the membership to the association as well as the size of the Board and its tasks were newly regulated.
The war in Ukraine is bringing unimaginable suffering. At the same time, it is creating a situation in Europe that has not existed since the last century. EAPC condemns this assault – which disregards human and international law in every form – on a democratic, self-determining country.
September 14, 2021 marked the 25th anniversary of the founding of the association. Reason enough for the EAPC to take this as the occasion for a worthy evening, which was celebrated virtually.
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