Will Nicolas Robin of Brussels-based lobbying firm Cabinet Stewart become ‘European consultant of the year’ when the winners of the “Public Affairs News Awards” are announced on 5 July?

Mr. Robin has been nominated for his work for the International Council for Capital Formation (ICCF), a subsidiary of the American Council for Capital Formation (ACCF).

The ICCF, which describes itself as a “unique European think tank”, campaigns aggressively against the Kyoto Protocol and other government efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The ICCF’s claims to be a European think tank are misleading: the ICCF has no permanent presence in Brussels beyond the Cabinet Stewart consultants that are acting on its behalf.

If Mr. Robin wins the ‘European consultant of the year’ award, this would be a slap in the face for those with genuine concerns about climate change, and transparency in the Brussels political arena.

Whatever happens, Mr. Robin will be in the dock later his year, when on line voting starts for the ‘Worst EU Lobbying’ Award 2007.

For those who want to read more about this “unique European think tank”, go here.