Year: 2018

  • The 2014 European Parliament Elections – What impact can an election have?

    April 25, 2018

    As Europe moves towards its 2019 political handover, it is an appropriate moment to look back and take stock of the last European Parliamentary elections in 2014 and to take a closer look at the lessons learned. As a reminder, these elections were then characterised as a ‘political earthquake’ – where the anti-EU sentiment and movement has been, in many ways, a precursor to the Brexit vote. This piece is the first in a series...

  • How EU trade policy became EU trade politics

    April 23, 2018

    Over the past few years, trade has risen from relative technical obscurity to become one of the most politically contended policy areas worldwide. The EU is no exception to the trend and is in fact a front runner. Undoubtedly, the most visible factor which turned EU trade policy into hard politics is President Trump. However, political mobilisation predates the last US presidential election by a few years. The TTIP factor Already in 2013 and 2014...

  • Taxing the Digital Economy – Roundtable

    April 18, 2018

    Our private lunch Roundtable will provide you with the opportunity to exchange views on the Commission’s current thinking on taxing the digital economy. Our guest speaker, Mr Tasnadi, was closely involved in the drafting of both the short and long-term measures that were published by the Commission on the 21st of March. This exchange will be an opportunity to openly discuss those measures, their interaction with the rest of Europe’s taxation agenda as well as with the...

  • How should NGOs, companies and industry associations react to the rise of the “everyday European activist”

    April 18, 2018

    The idea of everyday activism isn't a new one or a term we've coined, but the the type of 'everyday European Activist' emerging now is a trend unique to our times. People once disengaged from politics are coming out of the shadows to make their voice heard in response to perceived cultural and political redlines being crossed. This offers huge opportunity for NGOs to tap into this new energy through digital and social means. It...

  • Technology Roundtable – Artificial Intelligence and the EU: A global leader or a missed opportunity?

    April 5, 2018

    In 2016, two thirds of all investments into Artificial Intelligence (AI) were made in the U.S. Meanwhile, China is rapidly developing AI products due to the vast amounts of data created by the 1.4 billion mobile phone subscriptions and 800 million internet users, figures greater than the US and EU combined. With the race for global AI leadership well and truly underway, the European Commission will deliver their EU Strategic Plan for AI on 25...

  • Climate, Finance and Trade – Is Climate Policy the next trade battleground? If President Macron wins the argument, yes.

    March 28, 2018

    The debate on how to finance Europe’s transition to a low carbon economy has seen a significant political crescendo over the last months. The most important talks on new spending and financing options are taking place within the context of the next Multi-Financial Framework, where Member States are discussing whether and how to better align those options to help the EU achieve its policy priorities, among which climate and environment targets. Some Member States have...

  • Energise Europe roundtable: “Where are we going? The EU Gas Market Reform”

    March 21, 2018

    The European Commission has indicated that one of the first pieces of energy legislation we can expect under the next Commission mandate is further reform of Europe’s gas markets. The recent publication of the EU’s Quo Vadis study sets out initial analysis on the next steps in this. Highlighting the progress made in creating a well-functioning market for gas, it also noted that significant pricing differences remain across Europe. Contractual congestion, cross border tariffs, lack...

  • FH Five Days: Producing Video

    March 15, 2018

    From Ideas to Execution In this session, Brett Kobie and Annette Simson guide you through the process of creating and producing good video. Whether you’re creating a short social media video or a longer promotional video, this session is helpful for any and all videomakers. It's an area which clients can often assume to be overly simple - they might want video but they don't necessarily know what kind. Brett and Annette walk us through...

  • FH Success in EPACA’s John Houston competition

    March 15, 2018

    Every year, EPACA (the European Public Affairs Consultancies Association), holds the John Houston essay competition for young Public Affairs professionals as part of an initiative to encourage them to share their experiences and ideas while developing their original thought and writing talent. This year, FleishmanHillard, was very proud to see several of our younger members put themselves forward for this contest with a variety of interesting pieces and perspectives as they addressed the given topic...

  • FH Five Days: The best campaigns of 2017

    March 14, 2018

    Discover inspiring campaigns and the stories behind them The final event of the week saw our two presenters, David Turier and Jacques Foul, going through our favourite campaigns of 2017 – both by FleishmanHillard and others. From fake Donald Trumps to emotional viral videos, this session will give you some great inspiration to create truly powerful messages.