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  • 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...

  • ‘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...