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  • 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...

  • #FHYearofChange: Big tech is in trouble in Brussels. Does that mean they should give up?

    October 15, 2018

    Big tech is in trouble in Brussels. There's an increasing number of discussions in tech on Artificial intelligence (AI), data protection and blockchain (to name a few) in the Brussels bubble. Tech giants have already seen the effects of regulations around data access, ownership and liability. FleishmanHillard Advisory Board Member Claudio Murri talks about the need for companies to seize opportunities in their industry before 2019. For him, they should proactively build relationships if they want to...

  • European Elections 2019: What can we learn from the past?

    October 8, 2018

    As Europe looks towards the 2019 European elections, FleishmanHillard has analysed what we can learn from the past. The upcoming European elections will be part of a broader year of change which will see a new Commissions President, a new Commission and a new Council President by the end of the year. The European Parliament (EP) has evolved over the last two mandates. We notice an increasingly fractured centre and a shift towards more right...

  • #FHYearofChange: What’s the biggest gorilla in the room when it comes to talking about a long-term climate strategy?

    September 24, 2018

    With the European elections coming up in 2019, FleishmanHillard Advisory Board Member Chris Davies explains that finding a realistic solution to climate change remains a key priority. He believes that carbon capture and storage needs to be supported by governments in Europe so we can make sure that emissions going in the atmosphere are dramatically reduced. Similarly to renewable energy, this technology needs to be commercially justified in order to generate real results. https://vimeo.com/275084495/21755f7392 2019 represents the...

  • Louise Day meets Marco Ricorda to talk about social influencers

    August 27, 2018

    Our Digital, Social and Creative Louise Day recently met the Head of Social Media for the ALDE Group, Marco Ricorda, for a quick chat about the rise of social influencers.   The conversation helped to better understand what social influencers are, where we can find them and whether they are a good fit for organisations involved in Public Affairs in Brussels. https://vimeo.com/286189585 To further the discussion on social influencers, check out our recent articles on our definition...

  • Welcoming Marcel Halma to talk about Corporate Activism

    August 27, 2018

    A few weeks ago, our Social, Digital and Creative team convened a small group of forward-thinking communicators from companies, trade associations, NGOs and EU institutions to explore what corporate activism means and what organisations should do in a time of seismic political and culture change. Marcel Halma of AkzoNobel, a recognised thought leader in the public affairs world joined us to share his take on the state of corporate activism, sparking questions like: - What, if...

  • #FHYearOfChange: Which issues should be on your radar in technology past 2019?

    July 30, 2018

    2019 represents the “Year of Change” for the European Union (a new European Parliament, a new political leadership for the European Commission, and the formal departure of the UK as a member of the EU). With the European elections coming up in 2019, Senior Vice President and Director of Public Affairs, Teresa Calvano, notes what issues you should have on your radar in the technology sector. Artificial intelligence (AI), data and blockchain are set to...

  • #FHYearOfChange: Which environmental issues should be on your radar past 2019?

    July 23, 2018

    2019 represents the “Year of Change” for the European Union (a new European Parliament, a new political leadership for the European Commission, and the formal departure of the UK as a member of the EU). With the European elections coming up in 2019, Senior Vice President and Director of Public Affairs, Teresa Calvano, notes what environmental issues you should have on your radar. Climate policy and circular economy are set to be huge buzzwords and...