380 entries received in CEEQA 2012 industry awards (PL/CEE)

The submissions for the CEEQA Industry Awards – the most prestigious commercial real estate industry awards promoting the emerging Europe's region to the international investment arena, granted annually in association with the Financial Times – have been announced. 380 entries have been received in total from companies representing 18 countries covering the emerging Europe region, which will compete over 23 CEEQA 2012 Industry Awards in 5 key categories: Grand Awards, Project Awards, Company Awards, Agent Awards and RealGreen Awards (which is a new category).

The short list for CEEQA 2012 Industry Awards will be announced for the first time during a special event at MIPIM in Cannes on 6th March 2012, whilst the finalists of CEEQA 2012 Industry Awards will be announced during a festive CEEQA Gala and awards ceremony to be held at the Warsaw Marriott Hotel on 17th April 2012.

The Central and Eastern European Real Estate Quality Awards (CEEQA), established by Imagine Live Media in 2003 in association with the Financial Times, recognises outstanding business achievement in the commercial real estate sector across 18 countries in emerging Europe, including the best real estate projects delivered during the year 2011 in CEE countries (Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine) and SEE countries (Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia). CEEQA Industry Awards and the CEEQA Gala play an important role in presenting the emerging Europe's region real estate market internationally and attracting new investors into the market place.

To coincide with CEEQA Gala, an FT Global Insight Property Special Report focusing on the emerging Europe real estate sector will be published on the day of the event and circulated among CEEQA Gala guests. The event regularly attracts more than 600 business leaders from more than 40 countries that are active in the sector, and during this year's event funds will be raised for central European children's charity Bator Tabor Foundation. Since its inception, CEEQA has raised more than €200,000 for charitable causes.

"We are delighted to see that an impressive number of 380 entries have been submitted for CEEQA 2012 Industry Awards, which is a 27% increase compared to the previous edition of CEEQA. This is one of the highest number of entries received since CEEQA Industry Awards began and it shows "relief and cautious optimism" in the market place" – said Richard Hallward, Managing Director of Imagine Live Media, owner and organiser of CEEQA. "The quality of the projects is very high reflecting the flight to quality from the pipeline squeeze in 2008-9, and the most recognized commercial real estate sector companies and their representatives compete over the industry awards. CEEQA Jury will definitely have a very difficult task to perform in order to select CEEQA 2012 Industry Awards winners" – added Richard Hallward.

The awards short list will be announced for the first time on 6th March 2012 during a special event on the opening night of MIPIM in Cannes. The cocktail, co-hosted by CEEQA Elite Partners Colliers International and Jones Lang LaSalle, will bring together important companies and investors interested in CEE and SEE region's commercial real estate market. Soul disco legend Gloria Gaynor, best known for her "I will survive" hit, will perform during the event.

The awards are judged by an elite panel of industry professionals from the leading companies of the property market and international industry partners. The Jury will debate to select short-listed projects for 23 CEEQA 2012 Industry Awards. In order to ensure maximum objectivity and transparency of the final results, a sophisticated statistical voting system and judging protocol is employed and this year the judging procedure is overseen by Deloitte – the globally respected business consultancy.

CEEQA Industry Awards are also an opportunity to debate on key factors driving commercial real estate market. On 17th

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