The spokesman of the European Anti-Fraud Office was selected winner of the 2009 prize for "Communicating the European Union".
The jury recognized Alessandro Butticé's innovative approach to communicating EU anti-fraud work in transparency and partnership, including the concept of "deterring fraud and corruption by informing the public".
Alessandro Butticé received the award on 17 October 2009 during a ceremony in Jesi, Italy. He donated the prize of EUR 1 000 to the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) in support of the IFJ Safety Fund for victims of violence.
Motivazione [31 KB]
"I think the Communicators' Network is great. I really like them. They are a nice bunch of people and what I like about them is that they are all communicators. They understand journalists and know what we are talking about because they work with the press all the time. They understand all of our weaknesses but, at the same time, they are open to discussion. And even within the Network there are many differences. Different countries have different traditions and approaches, and you can see this in their discussions. And I like that - I think it's very important".
Aidan White - General Secretary of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).