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...
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...
Why are the French the most skeptical about COVID-19 vaccines in the EU?
April 7, 2021
Words by Anaïs Ronchin France became the birthplace of modern immunology when Louis Pasteur created a vaccine for rabies in the 1880s. This vaccine proved to be so effective that people bitten by rabid animals came from all over France and even from abroad to be vaccinated at his research facility in Paris, which would be transformed into a vaccination clinic and teaching center for this new field of science. However, despite this rich scientific history, contemporary France is experiencing the lowest levels of...
Vaccine hesitancy and conspiracy mentalities in German: a deadly duo?
April 1, 2021
Words by Fabianne Bamberger As we find ourselves at the one-year anniversary of the most severe health emergency of the modern era, we are still confronted with high infection levels and death rates overburdening our healthcare systems and economies. Vaccines offer a glimpse of light at the end of the long tunnel but rising anti-vaccine sentiments in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic give cause for concern. This threat is particularly evident in one of...
Regional approaches and shared competences, the kryptonite for anti-vaxxers in Spain?
March 30, 2021
Words by Enrique Marcos Collado Vaccine trends in all EU countries are not entirely discouraging, offering some hope that summer holidays in a preferred destination for many European may be possible yet. In Spain, the number of individuals who say they would not take the vaccine immediately fell from 47% in November to 28% in late December, according to a barometer conducted by the Sociological Research Centre (CIS). As vaccination efforts have launched around the...
What’s driving vaccine hesitancy and what can we do about it?
March 24, 2021
We explore trends and our own recent survey data to see where EU markets differ and converge on their trust of vaccine information It’s been over a year since COVID-19 became a health crisis with global proportions. Bringing our societies and economies to a screeching halt, the crisis demonstrated just how much our systems depend on public health. As we attempted adaptation to daily life in a global pandemic, all eyes turned to the scientists...