NGO given British think-tank award
ANKARA - Hürriyet Daily NewsThe Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV) has taken third place in the European Think Tank of the Year Awards 2012, an annual contest organized by the prestigious British magazine Prospect, for its work on the new Turkish constitution.
The awards, now in their 12th year, aim to credit organizations that have led the debate among the public and the government in their respective countries. When deciding which organizations to award, “judges look for originality and rigor of research and argument, for selection of topics of importance, and for influence,” a statement released by Prospect read. This year’s competition saw a record number of entries, it said.
TEPAV won third place in the category “European Think Tank of the Year (excluding Britain).”
“The judges chose the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV), whose work
has been influential in the debate over renewing the Turkish constitution. The development of think tanks and public policy debate in Turkey is to be encouraged,” the statement read.
The winner of the category was Bruegel, while the Bulgarian Institute of Modern Politics came in second place. Chatham House, the Brookings Institution, Open Europe and the Social Market Foundation were among the other think tanks receiving awards in various categories.