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  • #FHYearofChange: Big tech is in trouble in Brussels. Does that mean they should give up?

    October 15, 2018

    Big tech is in trouble in Brussels. There's an increasing number of discussions in tech on Artificial intelligence (AI), data protection and blockchain (to name a few) in the Brussels bubble. Tech giants have already seen the effects of regulations around data access, ownership and liability. FleishmanHillard Advisory Board Member Claudio Murri talks about the need for companies to seize opportunities in their industry before 2019. For him, they should proactively build relationships if they want to...

  • European Elections 2019: What can we learn from the past?

    October 8, 2018

    As Europe looks towards the 2019 European elections, FleishmanHillard has analysed what we can learn from the past. The upcoming European elections will be part of a broader year of change which will see a new Commissions President, a new Commission and a new Council President by the end of the year. The European Parliament (EP) has evolved over the last two mandates. We notice an increasingly fractured centre and a shift towards more right...

  • What does the future (Commission) hold for access to medicines?

    September 28, 2018

    Over the past few years, the health policy landscape in Brussels has been characterised by the member states’ intense request for greater access to medicines. The primary focus has been on how prices could be reduced to increase access. However, drug shortages have equally remained on the radar. In June 2016, the Dutch Council Conclusions on strengthening checks and balances on the pharmaceutical industry have stirred political developments that have led to the ongoing intellectual...

  • What is (not) in the Brexit no-deal paper for chemicals

    September 26, 2018

    By Malik Duhaut While Brexit is in the mind of all policy makers in Brussels and national capitals, businesses are still in the process of mitigating, if not understanding, potential risks for their supply chain and how the future UK regulatory framework will look like. The UK tried to clarify the picture for the chemical sector in a guidance document entitled “Regulating chemicals (REACH) if there is no Brexit deal”. This guidance is part of...

  • #FHYearofChange: What’s the biggest gorilla in the room when it comes to talking about a long-term climate strategy?

    September 24, 2018

    With the European elections coming up in 2019, FleishmanHillard Advisory Board Member Chris Davies explains that finding a realistic solution to climate change remains a key priority. He believes that carbon capture and storage needs to be supported by governments in Europe so we can make sure that emissions going in the atmosphere are dramatically reduced. Similarly to renewable energy, this technology needs to be commercially justified in order to generate real results. https://vimeo.com/275084495/21755f7392 2019 represents the...

  • #FHYearofChange: What challenges lie ahead for Europe’s transport policy?

    September 17, 2018

    One of the key topics in the transport sector that will be discussed during Europe's Year of Change in 2019 will be the need for alternative energy solutions to reduce emissions. With the European elections coming up in 2019, FleishmanHillard Advisory Board Member Chris Davies explains that Europe will needs to start reducing emissions with its existing technologies, before transforming its system towards full electrification. He also notes that governments and businesses need to provide transitional...

  • #FHYearofChange: How can business shape Europe’s climate policy?

    September 11, 2018

    2019 represents the “Year of Change” for the European Union (a new European Parliament, a new political leadership for the European Commission, and the formal departure of the UK as a member of the EU). With the European elections coming up in 2019, FleishmanHillard Advisory Board Member, Chris Davies, encourages businesses to prepare now for the upcoming changes in the EU. For Davies, while a lot has been made in terms of developing renewable energy...

  • #FHYearOfChange: Which healthcare issues should be on your radar past 2019?

    September 3, 2018

    2019 represents the “Year of Change” for the European Union (a new European Parliament, a new political leadership for the European Commission, and the formal departure of the UK as a member of the EU). With the European elections coming up in 2019, Senior Vice President and Director of Public Affairs, Teresa Calvano, notes what issues you should have on your radar in the healthcare sector. For Calvano, the rise of e-health, the digital transformation...

  • Louise Day meets Marco Ricorda to talk about social influencers

    August 27, 2018

    Our Digital, Social and Creative Louise Day recently met the Head of Social Media for the ALDE Group, Marco Ricorda, for a quick chat about the rise of social influencers.   The conversation helped to better understand what social influencers are, where we can find them and whether they are a good fit for organisations involved in Public Affairs in Brussels. https://vimeo.com/286189585 To further the discussion on social influencers, check out our recent articles on our definition...

  • Welcoming Marcel Halma to talk about Corporate Activism

    August 27, 2018

    A few weeks ago, our Social, Digital and Creative team convened a small group of forward-thinking communicators from companies, trade associations, NGOs and EU institutions to explore what corporate activism means and what organisations should do in a time of seismic political and culture change. Marcel Halma of AkzoNobel, a recognised thought leader in the public affairs world joined us to share his take on the state of corporate activism, sparking questions like: - What, if...