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...
The EU’s Digital Services Package: An Attempt to Reshape the Digital Platform Economy
February 16, 2021
After several years of intense debates, the European Commission recently released its legislative overhaul of the EU digital rulebook. This includes the two flagship initiatives on content moderation and competition in the digital economy. The Digital Markets Act (DMA) and Digital Services Act (DSA) will have far-reaching consequences on digital markets and online platforms. The question remains how far. The EU’s approach includes some of the most stringent legislative changes ever seen since the adoption...
2021 – the year of the vaccine
January 12, 2021
New Year’s Eve, 2020 marked a full-year since the first case of SARS-CoV-2 was reported to the World Health Organisation China Office. What unfolded next shocked the world to its core as our global economy was brought to its knees and human resilience was pushed to its limits. Within the first three months of 2020, over 100 countries worldwide had instituted restrictions in a bid to stop the spread of the virus, affecting the majority...
Introducing: Mette Analysis | September 2020
September 4, 2020
A warm welcome to the inaugural Mette Analysis. As European policymakers return from the summer break, our General Manager, Mette Grolleman, looks ahead at the challenges which the EU faces for the remainder of 2020 and the beginning of 2021. The resignation of the Irish European commissioner Phil Hogan ,also know as 'Big Phil', may have a significant impact on the way the EU conducts negotiations in the future. Furthermore, there are concerns regarding the...
FleishmanHillard Brussels launches FH2050 climate and sustainability practice
June 30, 2020
With the launch of its FH2050 climate and sustainability practice, FleishmanHillard Brussels strengthens its offer in the sustainability space. This will help organisations navigate, communicate and engage with the green recovery. Climate change and sustainability have long been significant drivers of European public policy. Now for the first time, the Sustainable Development Goals are mainstreamed into EU policies and initiatives. The COVID-19 crisis has only served to catalyse Europe’s ambition, and focus minds on the...
Launching FH Brussels’ Recovery and Resurgence COVID-19 Practice
June 3, 2020
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flLZfiYRZcw The impact of the COVID-19 crisis across Europe is unprecedented. Economies have come to a stand still, many businesses have seen a massive reduction in their operations, and the impact on lives and livelihood is profound. When it comes to public affairs, there is certainly no ‘business as usual’. As we start to exit this crisis, we will find ourselves returning to a new norm – both the political and policy landscape have changed...
A long-term green recovery for Europe and the World?
April 24, 2020
Europe and the World are in the middle of an unprecedented crisis. Nothing since the end of the Second World War compares to what we are living today. On 20 April, for the first time in history the WTI oil index went negative. Brent was still around $20, so no drama, but still! We'll continue to monitor the situation so stay tuned for more on this space. The point is that we do not know...
#EUinTwo: Hydrogen’s role in decarbonisation
April 8, 2020
Hydrogen has great potential for use in a wide range of commercial applications, but it comes with a set of challenges. In the framework of the EU Green Deal, hydrogen is a versatile resource that can contribute to the decarbonisation of several sectors such as energy, transport and industry in general. In a near future, our heating systems, our trains and cars, or the steel produced in the EU for example, could be powered by...
#EUinTwo: The Commission’s industrial strategy
April 8, 2020
On the 10th of March, the European Commission released a new EU Industrial Strategy with the objective of maintaining the bloc’s industry’s global competitiveness whilst at the same time helping deliver on its ambitious environmental goals. Whilst the strategy impacts nearly every industrial sector in Europe, there are key highlights in three areas. Firstly, the greening of Europe’s economy is center-stage. By supporting the Green Deal’s focus on decarbonisation and clean and affordable energy sources...