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  • FleishmanHillard Brussels launches the “Hemicycle Views”

    January 18, 2019

    With the European Elections approaching, as part of FleishmanHillard's Year of Change initiative, we are launching a series of interviews with some Members of the European Parliament to get first-hand analyses of some of the Institution’s key achievements from the past five years and a view on the future of the European Union. Barbara Mariani, Vice-President in the Energy & Transport Team and Malik Duhaut, Account Manager in the Environment & Food Team together with the...

  • Roland Verstappen Joins the FH Brussels Advisory Board

    January 17, 2019

    FleishmanHillard Brussels is delighted to announce that Roland Verstappen has joined the firm as Senior Adviser and a new member of the company’s Advisory Board. Thanks to his distinguished Public and Government Affairs career at Global and European level in blue-chip corporations such as Heineken, ArcelorMittal and Ford Motor Company, Roeland will provide senior counsel across a range of major corporate issues including trade, competition as well as sectoral regulation. The FH Advisory Board is...

  • What will be the path of the European Union towards a fully decarbonised economy by 2050?

    January 7, 2019

    Our energy expert Thibault Jacobs shares the actions that the next European Commission could implement, in support of the path towards a decarbonised economy by 2050. Approved in December 2015, the Paris Agreement is the most ambitious agreement ever signed to tackle the effects of climate change. It plans on containing the rise of global temperatures to well below 2°C below pre-industrial times and to limit it to 1.5°C. To do so, signatory parties will have...

  • EU Climate & Energy Policy: Ending the year with a bang

    December 19, 2018

    A landmark year for the EU energy and climate policy draws to a close. The European institutions are finalising complex agreements on new rules for the internal electricity market as part of the Clean Energy Package adopted by the European Commission in November 2016. Regulations aimed at cutting emissions of light and heavy vehicles are also reaching towards the final stage of negotiations between the Council and the Parliament. Over the past months, the European...

  • The fads, the fears, the future – what can we expect from tech trends in 2019?

    December 18, 2018

    FleishmanHillard today released “Tech Trends 2019: The Fads. The Fears. The Future” a new report offering insights and predictions for the technology industry. The report features an analysis of 1 billion tech-focused consumer conversations on Twitter between 2017 and 2018, along with insights from more than 25 technology thought leaders from around the world. “Technology changes at a rapid pace and what once consumers barely even imagined, today they barely even notice,” said Sophie Scott, global managing...

  • What are the implications of the UK leaving the EU for business?

    December 10, 2018

    As it stands, on 29th March 2019, the UK is due to exit the European Union. Whilst much of our attention is dedicated to following the debate, important questions persist regarding the future of business within the EU. In this video, Matt Hinde, FleishmanHillard’s Brexit lead, suggests some of his forward-looking insights into what the implications could be for EU business. As the EU's third most populous state, the UK is an influential player in the European...

  • Airbnb on the birth of a new brand of pan-European grassroots lobbying

    November 29, 2018

    https://vimeo.com/303005824 On 22 November, FleishmanHillard had the honour of hosting the official launch of the Grassroots Professional Network – a sign of the growing momentum of a uniquely European brand of grassroots lobbying in a fast-changing European political landscape. Georgina Browes and Sergio Vinay from Airbnb are absolute trailblazers in this space and explained that you can't just show up to your user base when you have a regulatory problem and ask them to sign...

  • How to Measure the Impact of Social Media for Public Affairs

    November 28, 2018

    Our Challenge: Social Media is for Marketers Social media has become a veritable public affairs tool in its own right. Public affairs activities are incredibly difficult to measure, but with social media we’ve been given a gift. We have data, so much data, for free and at our fingertips. But there’s a problem. None of these social media platforms were built with us in mind. Social media is for marketers. And marketers need numbers. Marketers operate...

  • Move over America, Europe is dealing with its own brand of political and cultural disruption

    November 27, 2018

    I often find myself explaining the current political climate in Europe to friends, family, and clients with this: “If you think the United States is crazy right now. Europe is at least as crazy as the U.S.” My observation tower for Europe’s current environment is Brussels, where I head the digital public affairs offering for FleishmanHillard across the EMEA region. Yes, Europe’s current politics can rightfully be described as “crazy” but in that environment, we’re seeing something both...

  • Next European Commission – What are the tech issues that policymakers will target? #FHYearofChange

    November 23, 2018

    A long read version of this article first appeared on 22 October Tech policy can garner significant attention in Brussels, especially in light of Commissioner Vestager’s enforcement decisions against Apple, Google, and Amazon, as well as the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal. While Commission President Jean Claude Juncker prophesied in 2014 that the Digital Single Market (DSM) would generate up to €250 billion of additional growth in Europe, the tech sector now gets more closely associated...