European Green Deal: Anticipating the two years ahead
December 13, 2019
It is not exaggeration to suggest that the Green Deal is the farthest reaching environmental policy initiative ever undertaken by the European Commission. The integration of sustainability into every pillar of the EU’s activities, from industrial strategy to development aid, is what many have advocated for years. The question now is whether the Commission can follow through on its ambitious work programme, and how well will its unified vision survive the inevitable bruises of co-decision...
What are the priorities of the new European Commission?
December 4, 2019
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdsZV3YESZ8 Today, Ursula von der Leyen chaired the first meeting of the new College of Commissioners. Her team of 26 new Executive Vice-Presidents, Vice-Presidents and Commissioners are ready to deliver on her promises for a Union that strives for more. Her first few days in office are already marked by strong European ambitions on climate policy. Von der Leyen’s first trip as Commission President was to the COP25 meeting in Madrid on Monday. Her first...
Circular Economy to Dominate the Agenda for the Next Five Years
October 24, 2019
Newly-elected Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, has committed to promoting a circular economy in her agenda for Europe, stating that the main priority area is high-impact sectors such as the textiles and construction industries. For some, the announcement seems standardised and vague, perhaps even just a precaution to ensure her confirmation as European Commission President. In reality, the statement is significant when combined with the fact that circular economy proponent, Frans Timmermans, is likely...
FH Studio ‘In Focus’ Event: Main Takeaways
October 24, 2019
https://vimeo.com/368495613 Today, our FH Studio gathered an audience of passionate communications professionals to talk about video, only video…nothing but video. Over three intensive hours (and coffee), our team of in-house videographers, animators, strategists and producers shared inspiration and tips. For more examples of the different video formats we've produced for a wide range of clients, check out www.fhdoesvideo.com or reach out to Head of FH Studio Evan Lamos...
The Do’s And Don’ts Of Live Streaming
October 22, 2019
In this video recorded live on LinkedIn, FH studio lead Evan Lamos explains three things to keep in mind when live streaming on the go: sound, light and composition. Watch the video to find out more...
What challenges await Virginjus Sinkevicius, Commissioner designate for Environment and Oceans?
October 2, 2019
Ursula von der Leyen, the new Commission President, made a strong environmental ambition the cornerstone of her new College and political programme for the next five years. The new European Parliament has also confirmed this is a priority and will be sure to hold von der Leyen to her promises. With these high expectations, the challenges awaiting Virginjus Sinkevicius, the Commissioner designate for Environment and Oceans, will be put under the microscope at this week’s...
Europe’s Digital Policy – What to Expect from the Hearing of the Incoming Tech Commissioner(s)
October 1, 2019
https://vimeo.com/363276650 The aftermath of the European elections and allocation of Commissioner portfolios has given Europe’s digital agenda a renewed political impetus. As the dust settles, the Commissioner’s hearings will provide a first opportunity to hear the EU’s new leaders detail their tech vision. Amidst a backdrop of Europe’s search for digital sovereignty, these political auditions may bring clarity on the overlapping political responsibilities, the legislative intentions for online platforms and Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the...
‘Big Phil’ Is Back – What to Expect from the Hearing of the Incoming Trade Commissioner
September 26, 2019
https://vimeo.com/362508662 While most of the legislative machinery in Brussels slowly ground to a halt after the European Parliament elections in May this year, trade has continued at an unabated, albeit rocky pace. Phil Hogan is a returning member of the College that served as the Agriculture Commissioner under Jean-Claude Juncker. Having previously seen off hardened negotiators from Japan and Mercosur to strike trade agreements of unprecedented magnitude, how will he hold up during his hearing...
What are the implications of the European Council nominations for the top EU jobs?
July 15, 2019
It’s decision time for the European Parliament. MEPs now have to decide whether to approve Ursula von der Leyen appointment as European Commission President for the next five years. With European elections over, the time has come to choose which figures will be leading the EU throughout the next legislative term. Here at FleishmanHillard we have been looking at the European Council nominations for the EU top jobs, to see which political groups have been satisfied...
EnergiseEurope: How can we make carbon pricing work for decarbonisation
June 27, 2019
By Zoe Choulika and Eleanor Batilliet, Research Executives at FleishmanHillard Brussels. On 22 May, FleishmanHillard Brussels held an EnergiseEurope roundtable on “How can we make carbon pricing work for decarbonisation” which addressed different options to accelerate the EU’s emission reduction efforts through carbon pricing. Overall, members of the panel representing the EU industry, think tanks and the European Commission agreed that the EU Emission Trading System is an undeniably effective tool to decarbonise the economy...