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  • 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 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...

  • 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...

  • Do tech CEOs understand the importance of what’s going on in Brussels? #FHYearofChange

    October 23, 2018

    After conducting a survey on tech companies in Brussels, FH Advisory Board Member Claudio Murri talks about what should be on these companies' agenda for the upcoming European elections. In our recent survey, we found that tech professionals have a good relationship with their leaders. Yet, they also claimed that they did not have enough resources to accomplish their jobs. As Murri notes in a new #FHYearofChange video, the trend of seeing cuts in offices expenses...

  • Tackling the new digital agenda – Priorities & challenges for the next Commission – #FHYearofChange

    October 22, 2018

    Tech policy can expect more targeted actions around the access to data, the role of online platforms, and the use of competition law. Since 2014, the positive political tone around tech has been gradually chipped away at by developments such as Commissioner Vestager’s enforcement decisions against Apple, Google, and Amazon, as well as the fast and loose data protection principles demonstrated by Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. While Commission President Jean Claude Juncker prophesised, in 2014...