Year: 2013

  • FH Brussels Energy Practice – Infographics

    September 16, 2013

    Because of its central role in the functioning of industrial society and in climate change, energy – from natural gas to renewables – is a primary pillar to EU policymaking. For more on the FH Brussels’ Energy Practice, please click here.

  • FH Brussels Technology Practice – Infographics

    September 16, 2013

    The European Union is setting the world-wide gold standard for data protection, cyber security, cloud, IP protection and more. Business within and outside Europe will be highly affected by these rules. For more on the FH Brussels’ Technology Practice, click here.

  • FH Brussels Financial Services Practice – Infographics

    September 16, 2013

    Financial services has undergone, without a doubt, the most sweeping regulatory change of any sector in recent years, and at the EU level has seen almost a whole-scale re-write of the legislative framework for the industry. For more on the FH Brussels’ Financial Services Practice, click here.

  • FH Brussels Environment Practice – Infographics

    September 16, 2013

    Europe has perhaps the most environmentally progressive citizens and regulations in the world, and plays a leading role in driving international environmental standards and commitments. For more on the FH Brussels’ Environment Practice, click here.

  • FH Brussels Chemicals Practice – Infographics

    September 16, 2013

    The European chemicals sector is an important driver of growth and innovation, and can be a catalyst to bringing essential solutions to societal challenges like climate change and resource efficiency. For more on the FH Brussels’ Chemicals Practice, click here.

  • FH Brussels Transport Practice – Infographics

    September 16, 2013

    The transport sector should in many ways see itself as the enabler of the European Single Market – the catalyst to a further deepening of trade and economic ties between EU members and beyond. For more on the FH Brussels’ Transport Practice, click here.

  • Speaking Up for Europe: The EU Twitterati make their voices heard

    September 13, 2013

    Lambasted by MEPs for its over optimism and lack of new policy proposals, Barroso’s fourth State of the European Union (SOTEU) speech this week did make at least one good call, notably the Commission President’s statement that “Now is the time for all those who care about Europe to speak up”….because speak up they did and for those who hold Europe dear, social media became their soapbox. In the 12 hours before and after Barroso’s...

  • As EP Biofuel Vote Nears, Consider Again How the Issue Became Framed

    September 10, 2013

    The scheduled European Parliamentary vote Wednesday on biofuels boils down to a couple of main issues; there are others of course, but the two biggies are: to what extent to cap the use of first generation, food-based biofuels in Europe; and whether to legally require the EUR13 billion a year European biofuel industry to account for the potential indirect effects of producing biofuels (the so-called Indirect Land Use Change, or ILUC, issue). Various Member States...

  • A tale of two certainties – climate change and the fact that Europe can’t go it alone

    August 23, 2013

    This week’s leaked drafts of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) upcoming report confirmed what everyone already knew, humankind is to blame the earth’s rising temperatures. According to the leaked drafts, first seen by news source Reuters, scientists can now predict with 95% certainty that human beings are causing this phenomenon. The level of certainty is up from 90% in 2007, 66% in 2001 and just over 50% in 1995. All in all, arguments...

  • Does Europe supply what Europe demands?

    July 22, 2013

    Last month, Andrew Wright, interim chief executive of Ofgem, the UK’s government regulator for the electricity and natural gas markets, warned that “Britain's energy industry is facing an unprecedented challenge to secure supplies” and that as a result, the country now faces a growing risk of power shortages by 2015. This fear of a critical energy shortage (and its consequences) is trending throughout Europe, leaving Brussels and national governments pursuing policies to secure energy supplies...