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European Politics

  • 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 policy making 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...

  • ‘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...

  • ‘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...

  • What might the next EU Health agenda look like?

    January 30, 2019

    The European Commission plays a key role in complementing Member State national health policies and ensuring health protection across all EU policies. Our healthcare policy expert Emma Cracknell shares her thoughts on the topics that the next Commission might look to cover. The health of Europe’s citizens is evolving alongside two trends: an ageing population and an increase in largely preventable diseases. By 2025, 20% of EU citizens will be over the age of 65...

  • FleishmanHillard Brussels launches the “Hemicycle Views”

    January 18, 2019

    With the European Elections approaching, as part of FleishmanHillard's Year of Change initiative, we are launching a series of interviews with some Members of the European Parliament to get first-hand analyses of some of the Institution’s key achievements from the past five years and a view on the future of the European Union. Introducing the 'Hemicycle Views' Barbara Mariani, Vice-President in the Energy & Transport Team and Malik Duhaut, Account Manager in the Environment & Food...

  • How to Measure the Impact of Social Media for Public Affairs

    November 28, 2018

    Our Challenge: Social Media is for Marketers Social media has become a veritable public affairs tool in its own right. Public affairs activities are incredibly difficult to measure, but with social media we’ve been given a gift. We have data, so much data, for free and at our fingertips. But there’s a problem. None of these social media platforms were built with us in mind. Social media is for marketers. And marketers need numbers. Marketers operate...

  • Move over America, Europe is dealing with its own brand of political and cultural disruption

    November 27, 2018

    I often find myself explaining the current political climate in Europe to friends, family, and clients with this: “If you think the United States is crazy right now. Europe is at least as crazy as the U.S.” My observation tower for Europe’s current environment is Brussels, where I head the digital public affairs offering for FleishmanHillard across the EMEA region. Yes, Europe’s current politics can rightfully be described as “crazy” but in that environment, we’re seeing something both...

  • Next European Commission – What are the tech issues that policymakers will target? #FHYearofChange

    November 23, 2018

    A long read version of this article first appeared on 22 October Tech policy can garner significant attention in Brussels, especially in light of Commissioner Vestager’s enforcement decisions against Apple, Google, and Amazon, as well as the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal. While Commission President Jean Claude Juncker prophesied in 2014 that the Digital Single Market (DSM) would generate up to €250 billion of additional growth in Europe, the tech sector now gets more closely associated...