News & Opinions
May 7, 2018
Websites and e-mail newsletters have become staples of how we do business in Brussels, but we've noticed there are so few resources available for people to understand how to approach them strategically - to figure out how they actual deliver results in the context of organisational goals or policy goals. To counter this, the FH Digital, Social & Creative team would like to announce the FleishmanHillard Brussels Web Summit. This two-day event on May 14th...
May 4, 2018
On 3 May, Agata Pavía, Head of FleishmanHillard's Technology Team and Bertrand Huet, Co-head of FleishmanHillard’s Financial Services and Head of Taxation, hosted the Commission for a private Roundtable on the Commission’s short and long-term proposals to tax the digital economy. There were over 40 participants, including stakeholders from different business sectors, as well as representatives from the European Parliament and Member States. After a brief introduction by FleishmanHillard on the political backdrop and challenges...
May 1, 2018
Thanks to all of you who attended FH’s event on Monday 23rd March discussing the rise of ‘everyday European activists’. For those of you that missed out, no fear, we’ve got a handy summary of our takeaways. Across Europe, we see people who have never been vocal on politics before suddenly joining movements and protests. In their eyes, red lines are being crossed, or have already been; lines significant enough to spark action from those...
April 27, 2018
On Thursday 26 April, FleishmanHillard held a roundtable entitled ‘Artificial Intelligence and the EU: A global leader or a missed opportunity?’. There was a strong attendance at the event with industry, academia and policymaker representatives enthusiastically debating the implications and evolution of Artificial Intelligence (AI) with Bjoern Juretzki, Assistant to the Director-General in the European Commissions’ DG CONNECT. Agata Pavía, VP & Head of FleishmanHillard Technology Team, welcomed attendees to the Roundtable, while Claudio...
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...
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...
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...