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  • An FH Overview on the Future of EU Transport

    October 20, 2017

    The only certainty we have is that everything is uncertain. Of course, that applies to the EU transport sector as well. In times of confusion and lack of trust, it is important to plan ahead and try to minimise any risks. With dieselgate not being that far behind, manufacturers are trying to regain the trust of millions of EU citizens who are now sceptical towards other promises. Additionally, the industry is attempting to grasp the...

  • FH Brussels at the IAA2017: a politically charged edition

    October 3, 2017

    Last Monday 25 September, only two statistics mattered in Germany, an attendee at the International Motor Show (IAA) 2017 in Frankfurt told me: the outcome of the federal elections, which resulted in a substantial loss for the incumbent government, and the number of IAA visitors. The former may well bring Germany’s Greens into the government’s fold, a party that has pledged to ban combustion engines by 2030. The latter, if declining, would give a tacit...

  • 16 Months to Deliver and Build the Future of Europe: A Few Take Aways from President Juncker’s 2017 State of the Union Speech

    September 15, 2017

    During what is seen as a defining moment for European Commission President Junkers legacy, the ‘State of the Union’ speech on September 13, Juncker delivered a speech that was passionate and very personal and as expected very pro-European. Reflecting on the change of circumstances from the last speech like this in 2016 where there was a sense of existential risk for the EU following Brexit, and the upcoming elections in France and elsewhere, he sought...

  • European institutions back to work – A fully booked autumn energy & climate agenda

    September 8, 2017

    European institutions reconvene in September with a full agenda promising an autumn of intense political and technical negotiations across the Energy and Climate Agenda. Key legislative proposals will see important steps forward which will set the scene for final deals to be expected in the course of 2018. Revision of the Emissions Trading Scheme Directive. After three trilogues and several technical meetings, the negotiations on the key legislative act implementing the -40% emission reduction target...

  • FleishmanHillard’s Second Annual Back to School Briefing

    September 5, 2017

    FleishmanHillard Europe is proud to present its second annual 'Back to School' briefing. This cross-sector policy overview looks at the trends defining Europe's agenda, with sector specific overviews in Financial Services, Transport, Taxation, Environment & Chemicals, Technology, Energy, and Food & Agriculture We have also created useful sector specific timelines, forecasting policy developments for the coming year. Back to school - September 2017 Timelines Financial Services Transport Environment & Chemicals Tech Energy Food and Agriculture...

  • The EU’s Clean Energy Package – what progress after 6 months?

    August 2, 2017

    Prior to the release of what was then colloquially referred to as the ‘Winter Package’, the European Commission promised to deliver a legislative package that will have European energy consumers at its heart. After a little more than six months of work on the file, it is useful to see where the jumbo package stands. First, it is worth noting that the Council and the Parliament have embarked on divergent paths in terms of their...

  • In creative communications, NOBODY knows ANYTHING

    June 20, 2017

    What would I tell a 20-year old version of myself? Never back down, because NOBODY knows ANYTHING. I heard Casey Neistat say that yesterday in a panel at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity and man did that strike a chord with me. And now my keyboard is taking a beating as I hack away to codify a few mantras I’ve learned to live by in my communications work but haven’t been able to express...

  • Chemicals management experts meet in Helsinki to celebrate 10 years of REACH: What can we expect?

    June 7, 2017

    This week public authorities, industry leaders, NGOs, academics and the media meet in Finland to discuss chemicals management at the annual Helsinki Chemicals Forum (HCF). As we celebrate 10 years of REACH, stakeholders are invited to share their views on what chemicals legislation has accomplished and where improvements are needed.  The debate is certainly very timely. The ongoing evaluation of REACH and other EU chemical legislation as well as initiatives under the circular economy umbrella...

  • Building a pan-European communications campaign? Ask yourself these 7 questions

    April 17, 2017

    If you’re like me, the events of 2016 and the first quarter of 2017 have got you scratching your head, wondering what it means to work in communications in such a confusing time in an increasingly complex Europe. And if it’s your job to build communications campaigns that get people across Europe to think, feel and do things—you might find this list of seven questions useful as you build (if you're in a rush, you...

  • 5 days of Brexit – looking at Brexit from ‘the ground’

    April 12, 2017

    5 days of Brexit – a view of the negotiations from the ‘the ground up’   FleishmanHillard Brussels recently ran a series of 5 informal lunchtime seminars to look at what the impacts of Brexit will actually be for specific sectors, beyond the headline macro-political issues being covered in the press and in the bars and restaurants of Brussels. Bringing in representatives of the manufacturing, energy, chemicals, technology and food sectors we looked at the...