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  • Delivering Paris – a new roadmap for 2050? Roundtable report

    June 19, 2018

    On 12 June 2018, FleishmanHillard hosted an EnergiseEurope roundtable to discuss perspectives for the EU’s long-term decarbonisation strategy due to be published by the European Commission by the end of the year.  Megan Richards, Director Energy Policy at the European Commission's DG Energy, talked to us about the process for the drafting of the document, while Antje Fiehn, Senior Manager European Energy and Climate Policy at the Confederation of German Industry (BDI) presented the results...

  • Italy – The new government

    June 11, 2018

    Highlights about the new Government   Unprecedented crisis The political and institutional crisis over Italy’s new government, which has last around three months, has been unprecedented in all its features. As a result of this, and of the outcome of the political election of last March, a completely new political leadership with a strong populist orientation has replaced historical parties (centre-left and centre-right). Professor Giuseppe Conte, the Prime Minister leading the new Government, was an...

  • The GDPR and 25 May 2018: The finishing-line or starting pistol for data protection compliance?

    May 24, 2018

    25 May 2018. A date that has been evangelised by the Commission for the last 2 years, etched into the minds of all privacy activists, and overflowed your inbox as emails on ‘consent’ arrived from companies you’d long thought forgotten. This historic date represents the entry into force of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the EU wide rules which empower citizens to have more control over their personal data and govern how companies can...

  • Energise europe roundtable : Delivering the 2050 decarbonisation target – Perspectives from the European Commission and the German industry

    May 23, 2018

    At the March European Council, Heads of State and Government requested the European Commission to present by Q1 2019 an updated strategy for how Europe will deliver its 2050 decarbonisation target in line with the Paris Agreement, taking into account national plans. Member States will need to begin working on their integrated national energy and climate plans once the Energy Union Governance package is agreed, which will have to ensure consistency with the European Union’s...

  • The FleishmanHillard Brussels Web Summit

    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...

  • Outcome of Roundtable on Taxing the Digital Economy

    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...

  • ‘Everyday European Activists’ – what did we learn?

    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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...