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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • A year in the thick of it…

    March 22, 2017

    We are living through a time of immense change in world politics. From the day I interviewed for my year-long student placement at FleishmanHillard Brussels in February 2016 to today the world scene has turned on its head. The UK voted to leave the EU, Trump was elected President of the United States, Commission President Juncker confirmed he would not run for a second term, and most importantly Jon Snow came back from the dead...

  • The French left-wing primary: who will be the real winner(s)?

    January 26, 2017

    Another election, another surprise: last Sunday’s left-wing primary’s 1st round vote saw Benoit Hamon pull ahead with over 36%, 5 points clear of ex-Prime Minister Manuel Valls. Two other presidential candidates will be watching this Sunday’s 2nd round vote as closely as the left-wing primary finalists themselves: Emmanuel MacroN and Jean-Luc MélenchoN (the M&Ns). For the result will either feed or quash their hopes of becoming France’s next President. “The most important thing is to...

  • Five things you need to know about the Winter Package

    December 1, 2016

    It’s big First and foremost, the sheer size of the winter package means some elements will remain untouched for quite some time. With the package including documents on renewable energy, market design, bio-energy, energy efficiency, energy funding and more, not all Council Presidencies will have the resources to focus on the whole scope of the reforms. Larger Member States are unlikely to be in a hurry to push forwards without a detailed examination of the...

  • EU Trade Policy is not Dead

    November 10, 2016

    Despite being in the midst of a crisis of confidence ("Is EU trade policy dead?"), glimmers of hope appear. At the European Parliament's International Trade Committee's 'Trade Policy Day' meeting on November 9 there were two emerging trends to note in the details of the discussion. A defensive action against the 'nationalisation' of EU trade policy Nascent ideas to support trade agreements through coordinated policies   A defensive action against the 'nationalisation' of EU trade...

  • The impact of President Trump on Energy and Climate policy

    November 9, 2016

    If delegates in Marrakech at COP22 were under a cloud yesterday, then waking up to the news of President Trump this morning will have been a bitter pill. Clearly, because Trump is a President-elect without previous political or public office experience, it’s impossible to say what he will do on climate and energy policy. Whatever he does, it will have major impact in the U.S. and the rest of the world. That said, the only...

  • Calling all Ninjas: You’re what we’re looking for

    October 25, 2016

    For the second year in a row, FleishmanHillard Brussels was happy to support the JA-YE Leaders-for-a-Day programme on 19 October. Each year a student has the opportunity to shadow a leader from our office and learn about what they do during the course of a working day. The great thing about the JA-YE Leaders-for-a-Day programme is by explaining what you are doing and why you are doing it to an engaged young person there are...

  • Danish enterprises and Brexit: What now?

    September 15, 2016

    FleishmanHillard senior adviser Martin Bresson has, together with Søren Skibsted, London based partner at Kromann Reumert, been published in the Danish daily newspaper Berlingske discussing the possible risks and opportunities posed by Brexit to Danish companies, and indeed to companies around the EU. While the Brexit discussion so far has contained much speculation with few hard facts, there are concrete actions that companies can take to ensure they end up in the best possible position...

  • #SOTEU 2016 – More of the same?

    September 15, 2016

    #SOTEU 2016 – More of the same?   In his annual address to the European Parliament on 14 September, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker attempted the delicate exercise of mitigating Europeans’ expectations on the role of the Commission in finding solutions to Europe’s structural problems while re-assuring his audience that he holds the key to these challenges. Did he succeed? The jury is still out... Similarly to last year, he did not address a full house...