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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...

  • 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...

  • Europe’s Digital Policy – What to Expect from the Hearing of the Incoming Tech Commissioner(s)

    October 1, 2019

    https://vimeo.com/363276650 The aftermath of the European elections and allocation of Commissioner portfolios has given Europe’s digital agenda a renewed political impetus. As the dust settles, the Commissioner’s hearings will provide a first opportunity to hear the EU’s new leaders detail their tech vision. Amidst a backdrop of Europe’s search for digital sovereignty, these political auditions may bring clarity on the overlapping political responsibilities, the legislative intentions for online platforms and Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the...

  • What are the implications of the European Council nominations for the top EU jobs?

    July 15, 2019

    It’s decision time for the European Parliament. MEPs now have to decide whether to approve Ursula von der Leyen appointment as European Commission President for the next five years. With European elections over, the time has come to choose which figures will be leading the EU throughout the next legislative term. Here at FleishmanHillard we have been looking at the European Council nominations for the EU top jobs, to see which political groups have been satisfied...

  • Moving from a Checklist to a Strategy: Digital Communications Strategist Dan Sobovitz Shares Valuable Tips

    May 18, 2017

    Earlier today, FH Brussels welcomed Dan Sobovitz the Digital Communications Strategist and Speechwriter for Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič for another lunch event during which he explained how communicators should move from checklists to well-thought strategies. Dan kindly accepted to come to our offices to talk about what makes powerful communication campaigns happen with relevant examples he came across in the recent years – from presidential campaigns, cartoons and series of tweets and tactics. He shared...