This year the Association of European journalists of Catalonia (APEC) awarded two prizes: the Ernest Udina Prize for the Best European Spirit 2014 to journalist Eliseo and an honourable mention to cafébabel.
Eliseo Oliveras (Figueras, 1958) received this distinction for his work as a journalist. He has become a reference for ‘professionalism, originality and a European spirit’ among journalists from all over Europe as much as among readers. With the European elections and their aftermath in full swing, European journalists like Eliseo Oliveras are more important than ever. Eliseo covers citizen participation in Europe following the changes made to the European Parliament by the Lisbon Treaty.
By according this prize, APEC also recognised Eliseo’s accomplishments as a correspondent in Brussels since the end of 1995 and as head of the Spanish press for correspondents at the European Union. He has held this job since October 2012, following in the footsteps of journalist Ramón Rodríguez Lavín.
The journalist from Figueras, who is also an author and photographer, knows the European, Catalan and Spanish institutions well. He followed the integration process of Spain from A to Z into what was the European Community at the time. In 2003, he won the Salvador de Madariaga Prize for European Journalism.
Began by APEC in 2006, previous winners of the Ernest Udina Prize for the best European spirit include journalist Jaime Arias, Margarita Rivière, Agence Europe (founded by sisters Lidia and Marina Gazzo), Andreu Claret, Cristina Gallach, Martí Anglada, Soledad Gallego-Díaz and David Gardner.
Cafébabel also received an honourable mention. This distinction was created in 2012 and given to French journalist André Fontaine (1921-2013). Previous Editor-in-chief of Le Monde, he was head of the international service fifty years ago when the controversial interview with Abbot Escarré about Francoism was published, which he actively criticised. Last year, the Emma Collectif was awarded for its work correcting Catalan subjects erroneously presented in newspapers.
José Vincente Bernabeu represented cafébabel at the award ceremony, which was held in Barcelona on Friday June 13th.