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  • ‘Big Phil’ Is Back – What to Expect from the Hearing of the Incoming Trade Commissioner

    September 26, 2019

    https://vimeo.com/362508662 While most of the legislative machinery in Brussels slowly ground to a halt after the European Parliament elections in May this year, trade has continued at an unabated, albeit rocky pace. Phil Hogan is a returning member of the College that served as the Agriculture Commissioner under Jean-Claude Juncker. Having previously seen off hardened negotiators from Japan and Mercosur to strike trade agreements of unprecedented magnitude, how will he hold up during his hearing...

  • EnergiseEurope: How can we make carbon pricing work for decarbonisation

    June 27, 2019

    By Zoe Choulika and Eleanor Batilliet, Research Executives at FleishmanHillard Brussels.  On 22 May, FleishmanHillard Brussels held an EnergiseEurope roundtable on “How can we make carbon pricing work for decarbonisation” which addressed different options to accelerate the EU’s emission reduction efforts through carbon pricing. Overall, members of the panel representing the EU industry, think tanks and the European Commission agreed that the EU Emission Trading System is an undeniably effective tool to decarbonise the economy...

  • A Brave New World: Developing a European Approach to AI

    June 26, 2019

    By Alex Leggett, Research Executive, FleishmanHillard Brussels It appears that EU policymakers have finally woken up to the widespread impact that is certain to come from the further development of AI. Emerging technologies, such as AI, will present a challenge to policymakers as they try to catch up with the pace of development. However, this also presents an opportunity for Europe’s politicians to shape development in a policy area with little concrete legislation. On 26...

  • What is Sustainable Finance and why is it important for the future of Europe?

    June 20, 2019

    Sustainability is about to transform the European agenda in an unprecedented way. The recent results of the European elections highlighted an increasing influence of the Greens in the EU Parliament. This, coupled with public demands for more government action on climate change, will inevitably stimulate more debates on sustainability - a key outcome of this year of change. EU leaders are gathering this week for the European Council summit and climate change will be central...

  • FleishmanHillard’s new report assesses the global ‘Techlash’

    June 14, 2019

    FleishmanHillard’s has released a new global report entitled: ‘From Darlings to Damaged: Managing the technology sector’s reputation in an age of heightened scrutiny’. The report includes survey results from 1,000 consumers each from the US and the UK about their feelings and engagement with technology companies as well as insights and opinions from industry experts, heads of tech companies, academics and FleishmanHillard’s tech specialists from around the world. The article below was written by Crispin Mäenpää...

  • A First Look at the 2019 EU Elections Results

    May 28, 2019

    Last weekend’s European Parliament elections marked the first key milestone in 2019’s Year of Change calendar. They set the stage for further discussions and political developments over the coming months. Following a record high voter turnout, EU citizens elected a broad range of parties to the new EU Parliament, the composition of which will not only shape the future of Europe, but also its relationship with the rest of the world, especially regarding climate change...

  • Year of Change: BEHIND THE SCENES

    April 11, 2019

    In May 2018 we published the first video in our Year of Change series. It's almost a year later and we are still pushing out videos on a weekly basis. Why? Because 2019 is a crucial year for Europe, for stakeholders and for business. The priorities for policymaking in the next five years will depend on who comes into office, hence business and stakeholders need to know well in advance how, when and with what...

  • ‘Hemicycle Views’: Interviewing MEP Luděk Niedermayer (EPP)

    April 9, 2019

    Luděk Niedermayer is a politician and economist from Czech Republic. He first stepped onto the European Parliamentary scene in 2014 as a member of TOP 09, part of the European People's Party. Before entering European politics Niedermayer was an economist, holding several public and private sector roles. Subsequently, he has spent much of his time in the European Parliament working on tax issues and currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON...

  • ‘Hemicycle Views’: Interviewing MEP Elisabetta Gardini (EPP)

    February 26, 2019

    This week’s insights come from inside the office of Italian MEP, Elisabetta Gardini. Following a successful career in television and theatre, Gardini devoted herself to politics in 2004 when she became spokesperson of Italy’s national party, Forza Italia. Then in 2008 Gardini entered the European Parliament, replacing Renato Brunetta. After the 2009 elections, she returned for a full five-year term as member of the EPP. She has, in total, served three parliamentary terms and was appointed leader of the new Forza Italia Party...

  • ‘Hemicycle Views’: Interviewing MEP Peter Kouroumbashev (S&D)

    February 7, 2019

    Our second 'Hemicycle views' interview was with Bulgarian MEP Peter Kouroumbashev, from the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats (S&D). He joined the European Parliament two years ago and sits as a member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy. Hence, this is the first time he will see the European elections as an MEP himself. His career in politics is broad, having been twice elected as an MP for the...