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  • 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...

  • Jim Brunsden to Join FleishmanHillard EU Office in Brussels

    June 15, 2021

    Brunsden Joins the Agency After a Career Reporting on EU Policy for the Financial Times and Bloomberg Brussels, 15th June 2021 – Today, FleishmanHillard announced that Jim Brunsden will join its Brussels-EU office as a senior vice president, Financial Services, beginning 1st July 2021. Brunsden has worked as a journalist reporting on EU policy and politics for more than 15 years, most recently with the Financial Times and previously with Bloomberg News. His coverage included...

  • When co-legislation meets adult EU ETS Reform and baby CBAM together: navigating the ultimate risk of climate change negotiations

    June 8, 2021

    The dawn of a new era All EU ETS reform scenarios suggest we are about to see a fundamental break from the past. The price of CO2 is set to hit a historic high, while new sectors will have their own parallel cap-and-trade systems. Meanwhile, the linkage to the UK ETS system, currently in limbo, will have its own political weight. The cap-and-trade parameters that govern the market-based system will be extensively reworked, and new...

  • The revision of REACH: How will a post-Lisbon REACH Regulation look like?

    June 4, 2021

    The revision of the EU's REACH Regulation is becoming a reality. The European Commission intends to reopen REACH with a legislative proposal due at the end of 2022. Besides the many changes outlined in the initial impact assessment to ensure that REACH is fit to meet the ambitions of the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability, the revision will no doubt raise the question of how to adopt decisions under the REACH as the Regulation is still...

  • Revision of the EU’s REACH Regulation – FH Online Roundtable

    May 11, 2021

    Register now | 20th May 2021 | 15:00 – 16:00 CET Revision of the EU’s REACH Regulation FleishmanHillard Online Roundtable The European Commission is reopening the EU’s REACH Regulation to meet the ambitions of the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability. The inception impact assessment for the revision of REACH is now open to public consultation. This is a key moment for stakeholders to make their voices heard as the European Commission prepares its proposal for the...

  • What are essential use criteria for chemical substances?

    May 3, 2021

    Everybody is talking about essential uses in Brussels, but how can we actually define which chemicals are essential for our society? Is it essential to use chemical substances that ensure durability for coatings but may be persistent in the environment? Or is it essential to use potentially harmful substances in medical devices if no alternatives are available? Defining the essential use concept will ultimately mean being able to answer these questions, balancing out the trade-offs...

  • When institutions collide: how conflicting narratives have impacted Italy’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts

    April 15, 2021

    Words by Anna Vuillerod  When institutions collide: how conflicting narratives have impacted Italy's COVID-19 vaccination efforts  While Italy was the first and most severely hit country in the EU, it is currently among the European country with the highest vaccination rates in the EU. Around 16% of the population has been vaccinated against COVID-19. While a successful vaccination campaign is underway, Italy is also known for being one of the most vaccine-skeptical country in Europe.   Indeed, one of its ruling parties has been spreading an anti-vax narrative since the years of Beppe Grillo beginning in 1998. Vaccine skepticism is not just...