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  • FH Brussels SVP, Máximo Miccinilli speaks at the Financial Times Hydrogen Summit

    July 1, 2022

    On 16 June, the Senior Vice President and Head of Energy and Climate at FleishmanHillard Brussels, Máximo Miccinilli, participated in a panel discussion at the Financial Times Hydrogen Summit in London. The summit took place in London, gathering business and political leaders to discuss the role of hydrogen in the current political environment marked by high fossil fuel prices and Russian aggression. Both Máximo as well as our senior advisor, Roland Verstappen, travelled to London...

  • European Health Data Space: could this change the healthcare industry and better the lives of EU citizens forever?

    June 8, 2022

    Data is arguably the most valuable coin of our time and it’s set to become more relevant as we progress through the 21st century. Data governs our world, governments and companies around the globe leverage personalized data for diverse purposes, but essentially taking your data footprint – from online purchases to the amount of time spent scrolling certain websites or your last reservations at hotels and restaurants – to build your digital profile. These profiles...

  • Why do Europeans wait an additional 180 days to access innovative treatment and what can be done to speed this up?

    April 4, 2022

    The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a seismic shift in our approach to healthcare. On the one hand, the vulnerability of Europe’s healthcare systems has been seriously exposed, leaving policymakers to reflect on how we can do better in the face of future healthcare threats. At the same time, it’s also shown us what’s possible when it comes to discovering new medicines and vaccines and bringing them to patients in a way that would have seemed...

  • Healthcare Public Affairs is Changing

    March 9, 2022

    How to navigate the new European healthcare policy landscape Health policy is undergoing monumental change in Europe. Amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic, it has quickly become a key priority for European policymakers. For healthcare public affairs specialists in Brussels, this means our usual ways of working have fundamentally changed. At its origin, the European Union (EU) was an economic and political project – 27 Member States, individual nations, working together towards the creation of a...

  • Buckle up for 2022: the year of connected mobility

    February 8, 2022

    The EU digital policy took center stage last year with the Data Governance Act, Artificial Intelligence Act and the revision of Network and Information Security Directive on the top of political agenda. This year however, EU policymakers will prepare the ground for true connected mobility. Halfway through its political mandate, the European Commission is set to deliver on its strategies for Data and Sustainable and Smart Mobility presented in 2020. We expect to see major...

  • 2022 is set to be another big year for EU Digital Policy

    January 27, 2022

    2021 saw digital policy take centre stage in Europe with significant progress on the negotiations on the Digital Markets Act, the Digital Services Act, the Digital Governance Act, as well as on the Digital Finance Package, not to forget the introduction of the AI Act. Expect more of the same in 2022. With the European Commission now in full legacy-setting mode, 2022 will be another packed year for European tech actors across all sectors of the economy, with further major initiatives such as the...

  • Stay up to date on the REACH Revision with the FH timeline

    December 17, 2021

      The European Commission is continuing its work on the proposal for revision of the EU’s REACH Regulation which is expected by the end of 2022. The Commission has launched multiple studies over the course of 2021 to support the impact assessment on the proposal. To help you stay on top of these developments, the new FH timeline provides an overview of key dates throughout the European Commission’s development of the proposal for the REACH...

  • Why renovations are at the centre of the EU Green Deal

    December 8, 2021

      The buildings sector is one of the most complex to decarbonize because it is right at the intersection of energy and climate policy, environmental policy, and financial policy. This requires an approach which balances each pillar while delivering a cohesive whole, a true test of the EU Green Deal. With the revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive around the corner, are all the EU’s horses pulling in the same direction?  Before we can discuss solutions, we first need to illustrate the...

  • Hydrogen: From the Headlines to Reality

    October 25, 2021

    Whether you are a climate enthusiast or have just been following the European energy news in the morning paper, chances are that you have heard of hydrogen. While it is not a new phenomenon and has long been deployed across a variety of sectors, lately hydrogen has become the new “it” gas of the energy transition. Notably, stakeholders ranging from policymakers to industry representatives to academics, are wondering whether this could really be one the...

  • COP26: why it’s not too late to engage online

    October 18, 2021

    With fewer passes and high demand, it may be too late to book your ticket to Glasgow, but not being at COP26 doesn’t mean you can’t engage. Here’s how to do it… The data speaks for itself: every minute now, COP26 is increasingly on everyone’s mind. Our study, analyzing Google Search data, shows that in August 2021, 2,900 users searched for ‘COP26’, and by September the number of searches already increased by 128% to reach...