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European Politics

  • 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...

  • 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...