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  • Paving way to a Circular Economy

    March 12, 2020

    On 11 March the Commission published it New Circular Economy Action Plan which will facilitate the EU’s transition to a circular economy, to achieve the 2050 net-zero emissions target. According to Commissioner for the Environment, Virginijus Sinkevičius, the Plan has the goal to strengthen the competitiveness of EU industry, empower consumers and protect the environment. By introducing a sustainable products policy framework, it will be easier for consumers to identify sustainable and circular options on...

  • The road to Europe Fit for the Digital Age

    February 19, 2020

    Tech policy is at the forefront of the Von der Leyen Commission’s ambitions for making Europe Fit for the Digital Age; one of the six main ambitions of the President's political guidelines. Indeed, digital transformation touches every corner of our lives, bringing new opportunities, but also new risks. There is growing awareness in Europe of the potential of technology and its central role in transforming our society and economy across all sectors. Over the next...

  • #EUinTwo: Artificial Intelligence in the Commission’s first 100 days

    February 5, 2020

    Throughout 2018, the European Commission’s approach to Artificial Intelligence (AI) was gradually ticking over with a non-legislative Communication on AI for Europe, and the ongoing work of the grandiosely titled ‘High-Level Expert Group Artificial Intelligence’ who were trying to define ethical principles for a ‘human-centric’ AI. However, this was up-ended in July 2019, when the then President-elect of the Commission, Von der Leyen, used her political guidelines to declare that she would “put forward legislation”...

  • Brexit Day: What’s next?

    January 31, 2020

    Read the broader analysis from our FleishmanHillard consultants across our network on what comes next after the UK leaves the EU! The significance of UK’s departure from the EU should not be underestimated. For Brussels the very underpinning of peace and prosperity in Europe for the last decades is being put into play. Failure in Brexit Phase 2.0 is not an option. Yet the stakes are stacked equally as high for the UK government. The...

  • European Green Deal: Anticipating the two years ahead

    December 13, 2019

    It is not exaggeration to suggest that the Green Deal is the farthest reaching environmental policy initiative ever undertaken by the European Commission. The integration of sustainability into every pillar of the EU’s activities, from industrial strategy to development aid, is what many have advocated for years. The question now is whether the Commission can follow through on its ambitious work programme, and how well will its unified vision survive the inevitable bruises of co-decision...

  • What are the priorities of the new European Commission?

    December 4, 2019

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdsZV3YESZ8 Today, Ursula von der Leyen chaired the first meeting of the new College of Commissioners. Her team of 26 new Executive Vice-Presidents, Vice-Presidents and Commissioners are ready to deliver on her promises for a Union that strives for more. Her first few days in office are already marked by strong European ambitions on climate policy. Von der Leyen’s first trip as Commission President was to the COP25 meeting in Madrid on Monday. Her first...

  • Circular Economy to Dominate the Agenda for the Next Five Years

    October 24, 2019

    Newly-elected Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, has committed to promoting a circular economy in her agenda for Europe, stating that the main priority area is high-impact sectors such as the textiles and construction industries. For some, the announcement seems standardised and vague, perhaps even just a precaution to ensure her confirmation as European Commission President. In reality, the statement is significant when combined with the fact that circular economy proponent, Frans Timmermans, is likely...

  • FH Studio ‘In Focus’ Event: Main Takeaways

    October 24, 2019

    https://vimeo.com/368495613 Today, our FH Studio gathered an audience of passionate communications professionals to talk about video, only video…nothing but video. Over three intensive hours (and coffee), our team of in-house videographers, animators, strategists and producers shared inspiration and tips. For more examples of the different video formats we've produced for a wide range of clients, check out www.fhdoesvideo.com or reach out to Head of FH Studio Evan Lamos...

  • The Do’s And Don’ts Of Live Streaming

    October 22, 2019

    In this video recorded live on LinkedIn, FH studio lead Evan Lamos explains three things to keep in mind when live streaming on the go: sound, light and composition. Watch the video to find out more...

  • What challenges await Virginjus Sinkevicius, Commissioner­ designate for Environment and Oceans?

    October 2, 2019

    Ursula von der Leyen, the new Commission President, made a strong environmental ambition the cornerstone of her new College and political programme for the next five years. The new European Parliament has also confirmed this is a priority and will be sure to hold von der Leyen to her promises. With these high expectations, the challenges awaiting Virginjus Sinkevicius, the Commissioner­ designate for Environment and Oceans, will be put under the microscope at this week’s...