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European Politics

  • ‘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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • What will be the upcoming EU priorities for the next Commission mandate?

    May 22, 2019

    The European elections are upon us. Everyone’s attention is on the potential composition of one of the EU’s key institutions - the European Parliament. But here at FleishmanHillard we have also been looking beyond the elections, to see what the top priorities for the EU could be, and which key figures will be guiding them. Watch also: Niamh Griffin's video 'What will be the key trends for the European Elections?' In this video, Stéphanie Brochard and...

  • What will be the key trends for the European Elections?

    May 16, 2019

    This month we will hit one of our key Year of Change milestones – the European Parliamentary elections. The composition of the next European Parliament has no doubt been a question at the forefront of many people’s minds. But with only days to go until European citizens head to the polls, Niamh Griffin can give you some key insight into the trends likely to emerge from the election results. This comes as part of an...

  • ‘Hemicycle Views’: Interviewing Spanish MEP Soledad Cabezón Ruiz (S&D)

    May 8, 2019

    With the EU Parliamentary elections just two weeks away, we are coming to the end of our ‘Hemicycle Views’ series. Watch also: Our launch video and very first interview with MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen In the wave of national elections in Spain, our final interview is with MEP Soledad Cabezón Ruiz, a politician for the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party and member of the European S&D Group. Since joining the European Parliament in 2014, as Member of the Environment, Public Health...

  • 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 Julie Girling (EPP)

    March 15, 2019

    In 2009 Julie Girling was elected Conservative MEP representing South West England and Gibraltar. Today she sits within the Group of the European People's Party (EPP). During her 10 years in the European Parliament Girling has held positions such as chief whip of the Conservatives in the European Parliament and UK spokesman for agriculture – a sector in which she has been very influential. Girling is a notable member of the Environment, Public Health and...