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  • Takeaways of FleishmanHillard’s Breakfast on Artificial Intelligence and Energy

    November 9, 2018

    On Thursday 8 November, FleishmanHillard held a Breakfast event entitled ‘The future of energy: how will artificial intelligence impact the energy sector?’. The event gave the energy sector representatives the opportunity to share their opinions directly with the Commission, represented by Head of Unit on New energy technologies, innovation and clean coal, Mr. Haitze Siemers, from the Directorate General for Energy. Agata Pavía, VP & Head of FleishmanHillard Technology Team and Matt Hinde, Director of...

  • EPP to elect its lead candidate

    November 7, 2018

    On Thursday, the European People’s party will elect its Spitzenkandidat (lead candidate) for the European elections. First established in 2014 as part of the procedural changes to electing the new Commission President, it is seen as the official response to an attempt to bring the EU closer to its citizens. However, it is also widely viewed as an attempt by the European Parliament to have a greater say in who becomes the next Commission president...

  • Robert Wright joins FH Brussels as Senior Vice-President

    November 6, 2018

    FH Brussels is delighted to announce the appointment of Robert Wright as Senior Vice-President. Robert will provide senior strategic counsel to FH clients across a range of policy areas including environment, chemicals and energy, reporting to SVP & Partner Rob Anger. He will furthermore add to the team’s existing senior expertise on key issues including Brexit. Robert is an Irish national with 25 years’ experience in public policy and regulatory affairs, having worked in several...

  • What you need to know about tech and energy: a sectoral revolution with policy consequences

    November 5, 2018

    Sectoral Revolution In every sector the influence of the tech industry has increased in parallel with the improvements in technology, and over the past decade this influence has led the technology and energy industries to have grown closer and closer – with parallels much more important than the tired claim that ‘data is the new oil’. New technology will revolutionise the energy industry, requiring the energy sphere to carefully analyse traditional ‘tech’ policy areas like...

  • Next European Commission – What are the key milestones in the year ahead? #FHYearofChange

    November 2, 2018

    On 1st November 2019, the next European Commission will take office. In this video, Clément Luzeau maps out key milestones before the next President of the Commission settles in the Berlaymont building. Until March 2019, during the run-up period, European political parties will select their Spitzenkandidaten/’lead candidates’ and decide on their manifestos. These manifestos will be debated at European level during the official campaign period, from March until the European elections on 23-26 May. The selection...

  • The future of energy: how will artificial intelligence impact the energy sector?

    October 31, 2018

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) certainly counts among the most important innovations within the technology sphere this decade, and it is expected to have a revolutionary impact across traditional industry sectors. The energy industry is no exception to this, and already AI is being used in applications from managing energy demand to mapping new energy resources. However, as AI rises so do questions about its impact on energy producers’ and suppliers’ business model as well as on...

  • Energy policy: What are the priorities for the next Commission starting in 2019? #FHYearofChange

    October 30, 2018

    2019 represents the Year of Change in many sectors, including energy policy. Specialised in environmental and energy policy, Kaja Hengstenberg talks about the many priorities for the next Commission. She outlines the different discussions that will emerge regarding the Clean Energy Package, energy taxation, gas legislation and the Governance of the Energy Union. Unfortunately, we can't predict how these discussions will unfold. Yet, we can confirm that the EU will seek to maintain a global role...

  • Do tech CEOs understand the importance of what’s going on in Brussels? #FHYearofChange

    October 23, 2018

    After conducting a survey on tech companies in Brussels, FH Advisory Board Member Claudio Murri talks about what should be on these companies' agenda for the upcoming European elections. In our recent survey, we found that tech professionals have a good relationship with their leaders. Yet, they also claimed that they did not have enough resources to accomplish their jobs. As Murri notes in a new #FHYearofChange video, the trend of seeing cuts in offices expenses...

  • Tackling the new digital agenda – Priorities & challenges for the next Commission – #FHYearofChange

    October 22, 2018

    Tech policy can expect more targeted actions around the access to data, the role of online platforms, and the use of competition law. Since 2014, the positive political tone around tech has been gradually chipped away at by developments such as Commissioner Vestager’s enforcement decisions against Apple, Google, and Amazon, as well as the fast and loose data protection principles demonstrated by Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. While Commission President Jean Claude Juncker prophesised, in 2014...

  • #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...