FleishmanHillard takes great pleasure in inviting you to a late lunch roundtable discussion taking stock of the EU-South Korea Free Trade Agreement which entered into force in July 2011. Almost two years on, a clearer picture has emerged of how the deal has impacted our respective economies. We are delighted to announce that Peter Berz, Head of Unit in charge of trade relations with the Far East at the European Commission as well as Prof. Dong-Sung Cho, Professor of Strategy, International Business and Design at Seoul National University, will both be speaking at the event that is set to attract many of Brussels’ distinguished trade community. The roundtable takes place on 15 May between 2.00 pm and 3.30 pm.
While the event is free of charge, please contact Roisin.Carlos@fleishmaneurope.com for registration details.
FleishmanHillard Brussels is delighted to announce that Ms. Margrethe Vestager, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Economic and Interior Affairs of Denmark, will be speaking at our upcoming lunch roundtable. The discussion will focus on the growth agenda in a European Union, which faces a pressing need for both improved government balance sheets and economic growth in order to support an economic recovery. Europe is seeking a path that supports both fiscal consolidation and growth. With competing policy objectives, the next steps will be crucial. The roundtable takes place on Monday 13 May between 12.30 and 2, with a light lunch provided.
Contact Alexandra.Necula@fleishmaneurope.com for registration details.
On 30 April 2013, after two months of political stalemate, the Italian Parliament confirmed Prime Minister-designate Enrico Letta’s new Government. Formed by a “Grand Coalition” of three parties (the centre-left Democratic Party, the centre-right Berlusconi-led People of Freedom, and the Centrist Monti-led Civic Choice) the newly appointed Government is a political Government and it marks a clear change from the traditional adversarial and bipolar system that has characterized Italian politics over the last twenty years.
So far, key EU leaders have expressed warm and positive support for the new Italian Government. The Prime Minister himself is a keen Europhile and some of the key Ministers are pro-European too. A full term Government would obviously be beneficial for Italy itself. Also, given Italy’s prominence at the EU level, a stable and established Government during the transitional phase through which the EU is about to pass in 2014, would be welcomed in Brussels. In order to achieve such stability, the two main coalition parties need to put aside their historical divide and work together on much needed reforms for Italy.
We have prepared an analysis of the new Government which includes a biographical overview of Prime Minister Enrico Letta and key members of the executive, the priorities of the new Government and finally the impact that we can envisage at the EU level.
ST. LOUIS, March 19, 2013 — Fleishman-Hillard has been named the 2013 “Benelux Consultancy of the Year” by industry publication The Holmes Report. The agency’s Belgian operation was recognized particularly for its public affairs work, and the Amsterdam office was noted for its employee communications work. In its recognition, The Holmes Report also called out the Dutch office for its role in the firm’s global crisis communications and business development.
Italy held its general elections on 24 and 25 February 2013. Unfortunately the main outcome is a climate of political uncertainty. Pier Luigi Bersani’s centre-left coalition won only a handful more votes than Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right party in both Chambers. Monti centristic alliance did not secure the share of votes it was hoping for, coming only fourth.
Giuseppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement (M5S) – an anti-party, anti-corruption and anti-austerity protest movement (although not strictly anti-Europe) – has emerged as the real winner becoming the largest political party in the Lower Chamber.
These results clearly do not guarantee a stable majority. This means that uncertainty and instability are likely to become an inevitable trend in Italian governance over the coming months, with the potential for negative impacts on Europe given Italy’s prominence at an EU level.
The analysis includes a summary of the results, possible political scenarios and next steps, as well as the potential implications of these results at the EU level.
Increasing cybercrime and incidents results in ever growing financial and reputational damage for companies all over the world, while consumer’s trust is undermined. In view of the severe impact on the economy and society in general, the European Commission launched in February 2013 its first Cybersecurity Strategy. The public and private sector have to work together to, on the one hand, prevent business interruption, industrial espionage, counterfeiting, extortion, data theft and data manipulation, while on the other hand be able to adequately respond once a cyber incident occurs.
The Cybersecurity Strategy focuses on improving the resilience and security and network information systems (NIS), the virtual backbone of the Digital Single Market. Alongside the strategy, a NIS Directive was proposed which singles out a number of sectors (energy, financial services, transport, health care and Internet), which will have particular preventive risk management and notification obligations in case of a cyber incident.
Read our FH Spotlight: EU Cybersecurity Strategy: Threats, Challenges and Opportunities for Business
If you are interested in this topic, please do not hesitate to contact Christiaan Weiland or Jessica Henderson.
On Tuesday 29 January 2013 Fleishman-Hillard will host a high-level Roundtable debate with DG Connect Director General Robert Madelin of the European Commission. Mr. Madelin will present an update on the EU’s ambitious 100 point Digital Agenda program and will explain what lies ahead in the remaining 18 months of the current Commission’s term.
The Digital Agenda for Europe is the EU strategy aimed at stimulating the EU digital economy (the latter grows at seven times the rate of the rest of the economy!). In mid-December the European Commission outlined its new digital priorities for 2013-2014. Companies whose business lies in broadband, cloud computing, copyright, digital skills will be affected by the upcoming policy agenda of the Commission.
For further information about this event and our FH Brussels Technology team please contact Teresa Calvano on +32 2 230 05 45
A host of Middle East and North Africa nations (MENA) are looking to go down the long road of exploiting shale gas resources.
As they proceed down this path, FH Brussels’ vice president Spencer Swartz writes, in an article written for Gulf Oil Review this month, that Europe’s contentious debate provides MENA nations with no shortage of the challenging – but manageable – environmental and social considerations associated with shale gas development long before any commercial extraction takes place.
Earlier this year Fleishman-Hillard Brussels welcomed Li Hong, President of Fleishman-Hillard China, to Brussels to discuss the upcoming leadership transition in China and its impact on business with a group of Brussels-based public affairs professionals. One month later the new leaders of China were unveiled at the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Congress.
On Tuesday 18 December Fleishman-Hillard Brussels will host a lunch round table discussion on the EU’s role and relevance in the global trade system.
This event will bring together Ms Signe Ratso (Director for Trade Strategy and Analysis as well as Market Access at DG TRADE at the European Commission), Ms Carolyn Irving (Counsellor, Trade Policy, Australian Mission to the EU) and Mr Luciano Mazza de Andrade (Head of the Trade and Economic Section of the Brazilian Mission to the EU) to discuss what Europe needs to do to remain the strong and reliable trading partner it aspires to be and attract the investments needed for its long-term growth.