Agencia Efe, Spain's international news agency, was recognized Thursday by the European Association of Professionals of Culture with the Communication Top-10 award.

Managing director Jose Ignacio Sanz Cerezuela accepted the honor on the agency's behalf in a ceremony at Efe's Madrid headquarters.

Making the presentation was Antonio Martinez Regalado, president of the European Association's representative in Spain, Gestion de Medios Culturales.

The Top-10 designation reflects the views of 1,500 Spanish and foreign communications professionals surveyed by Ibecom, who praised Efe for its "relevant, positive and appropriate" performance in 2012.

Efe shares the Top-10 distinction with Telefonica, Repsol, Renfe, F.C.C. Servicios Urbanos, Acciona, El Corte Ingles, Banco Santander, Arena Media Communications España and Fundacion BBVA.

Efe is the world's largest Spanish-language news agency and the fourth-biggest overall, with a presence in more than 100 countries. EFE