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  • 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...

  • 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...