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  • FH Five Days

    February 20, 2018

    For the third year running FH’s in-house Digital, Social & Creative Team are hosting #FHFiveDays – five days of free events for anyone working in EU affairs. The sessions are designed to give you practical insights on incorporating a range of innovative tactics into your advocacy work in a way that clearly delivers on business and policy objectives. I’ve included an overview of the events below – you’re welcome to sign up through the website (

  • EnergiseEurope roundtable – Report: “Delivering Paris – the difficult part: Decarbonising the EU industry”

    February 16, 2018

    On 13 February 2018, FleishmanHillard hosted its 2nd ‘Energise Europe’ roundtable, discussing the challenges of decarbonising EU industry by 2050 in accord with the Paris Agreement. Two projects were presented.  Mark Driessen, from the Port of Rotterdam Authority, explained plans to create a CO2 collection hub at the Port from which the gas would be piped for deep storage in depleted gas fields beneath the North Sea.  Tony Smith, from the UK’s Peel Group, described...

  • High-level discussion: Italian elections – National dynamics and European perspectives

    February 14, 2018

    INVITATION Italian elections | National dynamics and European perspectives Wednesday, 21 February - 12.00 - 14.00 FleishmanHillard – Square de Meeûs, 35 (2nd floor) - Brussels   The 2018 general elections in Italy will be as key as those that have taken place in France and Germany in 2017, in terms of potential consequences. Relations with the European Union and membership to the Eurozone are on the table and the rise of populism is not...

  • Plastics Strategy: Coming Full Circle

    February 9, 2018

    On Tuesday, January 30th, FleishmanHillard hosted its Plastics Strategy roundtable in a very timely manner given that the strategy was published just two weeks before. The Plastics Strategy plays a key role in the broader Circular Economy package from December 2015 and seems to be on top of many people's minds at the moment The Commission’s vision, as set out in the Strategy, is to move towards “a smart, innovative and sustainable plastics industry, where...

  • LinkedIn status updates: breaking every rule on social

    February 1, 2018

    When it comes to social in the policy advocacy space, I've always said that LinkedIn was the platform most likely to consistently deliver a real world outcome. If you give enough of your professional self there for people to actually get you, the ROI is phenomenal. Across our client base, we experiment a lot with tactics on LinkedIn that help build the real-life relationships needed to make policy outcomes happen. In that context, we've developed methodologies...

  • Roundtable: “Delivering Paris – the difficult part: Decarbonising the EU industry”

    January 23, 2018

    On 13 February 2018, FleishmanHillard is organising another “Energise Europe” roundtable. This edition will be dedicated to "Delivering Paris – the difficult part: Decarbonising the EU industry". Delivery of the Paris Climate Agreement is one of the driving strategic priorities of the European Union, as both a commitment to tackle the challenge of climate change, and an opportunity for Europe to show geopolitical leadership in the world. Establishing how Europe meets its Paris targets across...

  • Brussels bubble digital folks: beware the way of the webmaster

    January 16, 2018

    "Digital" has now fully entered the mainstream of EU policy advocacy which is a blessing (because progress) but partly a curse because digital is most often defined by its lowest common denominator (most easily understood) component: social media. Many organisations realise they need "digital" which to them means they need to hire someone with digital in her/his title to run their social feeds, which means that community management and social content creation are often the...

  • Act Two: the Clean Mobility Package

    December 20, 2017

    Last week, we presented our view on the first Mobility Package and analysed the effects of the proposals on Member States and the EU Single Market. About as significant and contentious is the recently published ‘Clean Mobility Package’, the second phase of the overarching Strategy for Low-Emission Mobility also known as the second Mobility Package. Its aim is to help accelerate the transition to low- and zero emissions vehicles, through: A new target for the EU...

  • Wrapping up the Estonian Presidency: Energy Ministers strike difficult deal on Clean Energy Package

    December 20, 2017

    The Estonian Presidency ends its mandate striking a General Approach agreement at the Energy Council on 18 December on the remaining four (and most divisive) legislative proposals covering key elements of the Clean Energy Package for 2030, proposed by the European Commission in November 2016: the renewable energy target the governance of the Energy Union the functioning of the new European electricity market The General Approaches will facilitate EU negotiators in meeting the challenging timeline...

  • Act One: Europe on the Move

    December 12, 2017

    As the EU is shifting towards a more integrated and multimodal mobility system, the European Commission is taking action to achieve a fundamental modernisation of the transport sector, first and foremost focusing on reducing transport emissions, in an overall framework known as the Strategy for Low-Emission Mobility. The first iteration of this initiative was presented as the 'Europe on the Move', colloquially known as the first Mobility Package, last May 2017. The initiatives aim to...