Thinking about an internship at FH Brussels?
December 20, 2012
Since 2006, Fleishman-Hillard in Brussels has undertaken a successful undergraduate internship programme with a range of academic institutions in the UK and Ireland. This 10 month, paid programme is aimed at penultimate year undergraduate students who wish to spend an academic year in business as part of their degree. So if you are crazy enough to willingly trade a year of skipped lectures and questionable kebabs for a year of hard graft at the political...
Lessons from Europe’s Shale Gas Discussions
December 12, 2012
A host of Middle East and North Africa nations (MENA) are looking to go down the long road of exploiting shale gas resources. As they proceed down this path, FH Brussels’ vice president Spencer Swartz writes, in an article written for Gulf Oil Review this month, that Europe’s contentious debate provides MENA nations with no shortage of the challenging - but manageable - environmental and social considerations associated with shale gas development long before any...
China’s new dawn
December 11, 2012
Back in October Fleishman-Hillard Brussels was delighted to welcome Li Hong, President of Fleishman-Hillard China, to discuss the upcoming leadership transition in China and its impact on business with a handful of Brussels-based public affairs professionals. Fast-forward one month and the new leaders of China are being unveiled at the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Congress in November. The conclusion of the 18th National Congress on 15 November 2012 provided a window into the inner workings...
China’s New Dawn
December 7, 2012
Earlier this year Fleishman-Hillard Brussels welcomed Li Hong, President of Fleishman-Hillard China, to Brussels to discuss the upcoming leadership transition in China and its impact on business with a group of Brussels-based public affairs professionals. One month later the new leaders of China were unveiled at the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Congress...
The EU and Its Role in Global Trade
December 6, 2012
On Tuesday 18 December Fleishman-Hillard Brussels will host a lunch round table discussion on the EU’s role and relevance in the global trade system. This event will bring together Ms Signe Ratso (Director for Trade Strategy and Analysis as well as Market Access at DG TRADE at the European Commission), Ms Carolyn Irving (Counsellor, Trade Policy, Australian Mission to the EU) and Mr Luciano Mazza de Andrade (Head of the Trade and Economic Section of...
How an internal procedural change could change codecision
December 5, 2012
Politicians, journalists, and members of EU institutions, political scientists, citizens and lobbyists: a small, but important, change happened on November 20th 2012! Few seem to have paid attention to it, despite its far-reaching consequences, but the European Parliament adopted a report that changes the Rule of procedure 70 on “trilogues”. The new rule will already enter into force at the next European Parliament plenary session on 10th December. Trilogues are meetings that are held between...
I enter, others leave? Typical.
November 23, 2012
Is Britain on its bike? There's nothing like jumping in at the deep end. This week saw me head down to Strasbourg for my first outing as the newly elected Chair of the EU Committee of the British Chamber*. A mere two weeks after getting the job, I'm hosting the annual flagship event. The team at the Chamber had done a sterling job of putting together a great programme with some of the foremost members...
The EU Cloud Computing Strategy – what impact on your business?
November 22, 2012
As everybody in the “Brussels bubble” knows, in about one and half years, the European Commission’s term will expire and a new set of Commissioners will come to town. One might assume that given this relatively short time frame and the slow pace of decision making in Brussels, the current Commission will wrap up current dossiers and start making preparations for the newcomers. Well, in the technology field this assumption is not true. The current...
FH Tech Spotlight
November 22, 2012
Over recent years, the Fleishman-Hillard Brussels Technology practice has followed a number of high profile dossiers, providing issue management and reputation building for a variety of corporate organisations and industry associations...
How To Help Europe’s Fisheries – have lots of fish in the sea
November 19, 2012
Unsustainable Confusion The reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) brings up some very strange debates. One debate that gets a lot of people excited is about fish ecolabels. There are a lot of ecolabels out there, many of which say that fish is “sustainable”, but not many people seem to know what that means. Sometimes I’m not even sure that the people conferring these ecolabels know what that means. NGOs also have their own rankings including...