EurActiv estimates that over 10,000 European Public Affairs specialists are active in Brussels. These include organisations providing monitoring, information, research, communication and lobbying services. They have become indispensable partners of the European civil society, now recognized to include also business circles. These specialists work mainly for three categories of the 'Community of EU Actors (TM) ': EU-level trade federations (ca 3,000), direct corporate representations (ca 300), and numerous consultancies under the category Professionals. Consultancies tend to work with all EU Actors; they range from global full-service networks with an EU affairs subsidiary to individual experts.
Baseline & Remarks: acumen public affairs is an independent consultancy set up in 2010 to combine the very best of big agency experience with hands-on senior support. The three founding partners have an unrivalled track record in public affairs and strategic communications gained over more than 50 years of working for corporations, governments, trade associations, NGOs and international institutions in Brussels, Geneva and beyond. acumen public affairs' aim is to provide clients with value adding strategic counsel and high quality execution – by the same people. acumen public affairs believes in the power of taking an integrated approach to advocacy and communication to achieve outcomes that have a tangible impact on business performance. We have a track record of developing winning strategies that are sustainable, by identifying a confluence of interest among key stakeholders. In other words, we are skilled at squaring the circle between the private and public sectors and ordinary citizens by addressing the human aspects of issues in a regulatory or business context.
Expertise: Our main areas of focus are: Public affairs, Media relations, Communications strategy development, Messaging and positioning, Training, Issues and crisis preparedness and management.
Sectors in which we have particular experience include: Healthcare and pharmaceuticals, Agriculture, Food and Consumer Policy, Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Humanitarian and Development Aid, Transport, Competition policy, ICT, International Trade and Diplomacy.
Key partners: Alain Beaumont (Managing Director), Helen Benson, Susanne Meyer, Sam Rowe Jean-Christophe Kremer, YouriSkaskevitch & Aurora Vicente
Baseline & Remarks: AGEP Association Management is one of Brussels' most established and respected association management companies. Since 1989 we have provided flexible, tailored services to a wide range of trade associations, many of which are highly regarded by the EU Institutions. Our skill is in bringing together companies and bodies with common interests in order to share business, commercial and technical expertise and establish common positions.AGEP Association Management’s infrastructure also enables it to take care of all the administration required in the setting up and running of an association – from membership management to peer engagement and dialogue. Modern associations take an active role in shaping and driving the policy agenda. They have a clear vision of the position they wish to create for their industry and engage in a proactive dialogue with stakeholders. AGEP Association Management consultants counsel clients on the development and delivery of winning advocacy and communications strategies and provide the insights and analysis needed to further the sector’s agenda in Europe.
Expertise: AGEP Association Management works with European associations, representing sectors at both national and pan-European level. We offer specialist services in:
– Scientific and Regulatory affairs
– Trade policy
– Market organisation
– Environmental Sustainability
– Communications and Media Relations.
AGEP Association Management manages associations across a wide range of sectors and has built specific expertise in the food industry, with clients including foodstuffs, drinks, fish, food ingredients and fruit and vegetables.
Key contacts: Robert Mack (CEO), David Earnshaw (Chairman), Lawrie McLaren (Head of the Environment Team and Chair, EMEA Public Affairs Practice), Karen Massin (Head of the Government Relations Team), AneSofieBöhm Nielsen (Head of the Healthcare team), Dennis Landsbert-Noon (Chair, EMEA Media Practice).
Baseline & Remarks: Burson-Marsteller Brussels is the leading public affairs and communications consultancy. We help companies and organisations to influence the development and implementation of EU public policy, design and implement media and communications campaigns in Brussels and across the EU, with our network of 27 offices.
Expertise: Areas include: Energy, Environment & Climate Change | Healthcare | ICT | Transport | Food & Consumer issues | Competition case support | Financial Services | Government & Political Services. Services include: Public Affairs | Media Relations | Corporate Communications & Crisis Preparedness | Media, Crisis and Public Affairs Training | Digital | Corporate Responsibility | Video production.
Key contacts:MarekMatraszek (Founding Partner), BartoszKwiatkowski (Advisor to the Board), MarekKotlarski (Director for Public Affairs); Anna Borys-Karwacka (Director for Public Relations)
Baseline & Remarks: Established in 1993, we are the lobbying agency of choice for Western companies seeking to promote their public affairs agenda in Central Europe. We work for a range of top multinationals from the US, Europe and Asia operating throughout Central Europe, managing their public affairs relationships at the local, national, regional and European level. Central European countries also now play a crucial role in shaping the Brussels agenda, and with the Hungarian and Polish Presidencies of the EU, 2011 is the year of Central Europe. We work with EU policymakers from Central Europe nationally, in the European Parliament and with their respective national representations in Brussels. CEC helps you to understand the new Central European players in the EU, and to access them effectively by leveraging our own two-decades long presence in the region.
Expertise: Energy and Environment; Defence and Security; IT; Financial Services; Automotive and Transport; Chemicals; Media Relations; Corporate Communications & Crisis Management.
Key partners: Caroline Wunnerlich, Michelle Gibbons, Nick Andrews
Baseline & Remarks: One of the world's leading communications firms, with 2,300 employees working in 83 offices in 21 countries. Fleishman-HillardBrussels provides public affairs and communication services to some of the world’s most prestigious companies. Established in 1991, the Brussels office features a multinational and multilingual staff of 65, whose first-hand experience in European Union institutions, national governments, business and journalism make the agency one of Europe's leading public affairs and communications consultancies.
Expertise: Financial Services, Defense & Security, Chemicals, Competition, Energy & Utilities, Environment, Food and Beverage, Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals, Media policy, Retail, Technology, Transport & Logistics.
Key partners: Russell Patten (CEO Brussels and Head of PA Western Europe) Jessica Adkins (Director), DelphineMillot (Director), LienekeSlegers (Director)
Baseline & Remarks: Grayling is the second largest independent global Public Relations, Public Affairs, Investor Relations and Events consultancy in the world. We have 70 offices in 40 locations in the US, Western and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, the Middle East and Asia Pacific with a strong network of preferred partners in other parts of the world. Situated in the heart of Brussels’ EU quarter, Grayling Belgium is a leading and fully integrated communications consultancy. Our multinational and multilingual office (we can work in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Slovak, Bulgarian, Japanese and many more) employs 30 dynamic consultants who manage the perception and reputation of a varied group of clients, including blue chips, multinationals, Belgian SMEs, trade associations, and coalitions.
Expertise: We are experts in Public Relations, Public Affairs, Investor Relations, Association Management and Events. Whilst we cover most EU policy and legislative areas, we are a leading consultancy in Environment, Energy and Transport; Health and Pharmaceuticals; Food, Agriculture and Fisheries; Trade and Competition; Consumer Protection, ICT and Digital. With the recent adoption of the Lisbon Treaty, the EU’s powers are expanding in such a way that it is now crucial to lobby both in Brussels and the EU Member States, and with Grayling’s unique European footprint of 40 offices spread throughout the EU we are best placed to serve your needs both at the pan-European and national levels. At Grayling in Brussels, we have the experience, the expertise, and the passion to go beyond our client expectations and our approach, “A different kind of thinking for a different kind of world”, is nowhere truer than here at the heart of Europe.
Key partners: Jeroen van Seeters (CEO Benelux), Mark Cunningham(CFO & COO),Thomas Tindemans(Managing Director EU Public Affairs), Ulrich Adam (Director), Anna Dé (Director), Glen Hodgson (Director), BettinaHausmann (Director)
Baseline & Remarks: At Hill & Knowlton International Belgium, we ensure that our clients communicate their points of view to the audiences that matter. We have been helping clients to navigate the Brussels media and policy scenes for over four decades. With a team of 50 people from 13 countries speaking 16 languages, there’s no issue or challenge that we haven’t faced. Our diverse and dynamic team consistently delivers bold campaigns with real, commercial return. We believe that good communications means simplicity, creativity and concrete results. Relationships matter, and details count. In an environment where many prefer to play it safe, H&K Belgium dares to be bold.
Expertise: Corporations. Governments. NGOs, Trade associations. Member States. There are a lot of players with something to say to European policymakers. At H&K we have the expertise to connect you with the people who matter. Achieving positive regulatory results depends not only on a thorough understanding of EU political and regulatory processes but also on having knowledge of specific business sectors and the key players and personalities involved in each. Our consultants are strong in both of these areas, and we have the creativity and relationships to leverage our understanding and knowledge into results. We help connect individuals and organisations with Europe’s key decision makers. Give us a call. We have the connections to get you connected right away.
Key partners in your organisation: Marc LOHER and Landry COCHARD. 12 staff members in total.
Baseline & Remarks: Scientific and Management Partnerships in Research and Innovation. Interface Europe is the only professional consulting company that works on the basis of the principle of a "real Win-WIn Partnership" with the research and innovation stakeholders. It means that we are: experts in European research and innovation with hands on experience from within the European Commission, the academic sector and the industry; providing high added value and knowledge-based services and sharing the risks of your projects, ie we always search the ways of a win-win situation taking into consideration the (operational and financial) risks of submitting a project and offering you opportunities to generate valuable activities.
Scientific expertise: biotech, health, food, environment, water and the marine, aquaculture and fisheries,energy, transport, training and mobility of researchers, socio-economic studies. Services:
Strategy: European opportunity studies, technology road mapping, Economic and Technological Intelligence, fund raising, Public Affairs
– proposal drafting, support to project management
– partner search
– technology watch, state-of-the-art, scientific assessment, risk assessment, etc.
– legal (including IPR) and financial assistance
Training: training sessions on FP7, CIP and structural funds
Exploitation: scientific communication, impact assessment, business plan, etc
Key partners: AlfonsWestgeest (Managing Partner), Maria Teresa Scardigli (Vice-President)
Baseline & Remarks : Kellen Europe's primary objective is to provide key professional services to European and global business associations , individual membership organisations and special interest groups. We are dedicated to the concept of Association Management in Europe. Kellen Europe provides association management, strategic advice, government affairs, market research and European representation services to associations and corporations worldwide.
Kellen Clients benefit from specialised association management knowledge, enriched service offering and privileged links with EU and US-based decision-makers.
Expertise: Association management, strategic advice, communications, meetings management, government affairs, benchmarking studies and other professional advice to associations and corporations worldwide.
Key partners: Karl Isaksson (Managing Partner), HannalenaIvarsson (Deputy Managing Partner), Henning Christophersen (Senior Partner), Georg Danell (Senior Partner),John Houston (Senior Partner), Sebastian Remøy (Senior Partner)
Baseline & Remarks: Kreab Gavin Anderson is a world leading communications concultancy with over 350 professionals of 40 nationalities serving more than 500 retained clients in 25 countries. Kreab Gavin Anderson advise clients on issues of strategic importance in business, finance and politics, helping clients to solve complex communications challenges and achieve their strategic goals. Kreab Gavin Anderson's offer includes a broad range of integrated services, advising on high-stake financial, corporate and public affairs communications. The Kreab Gavin Anderson Brussels office focuses on European Affairs, helping clients to understand and influence EU policy.
Expertise: Competition; corporate governance; energy; environment; EU foreign policy and cooperation; EU funding; financial services; health and consumer protection; pharmaceuticals; research and development; retail and food; taxation; telecommunications and new technologies; trade; transport.
Key partners: Mr. Alain Nandrin – Mr. Patrick Vastenaekels
Baseline & Remarks: Mostra provides a full range of communication services for European institutions and international bodies – from designing a strategy to production and distribution of communication products.
Expertise: Founded in 1986, Mostra communication,with some 150 staff members, has become one of the leading integrated communication agencies in Europe, with a clear focus on public information campaigns for European institutions. Mostraspecialises in the design and implementation of all aspects of a communication campaign, from developing communication strategies to audiovisual production, design and production of print and electronic publications, organisation of events, media relations and design and development of websites. Mostra is headquartered in Brussels with a network of partner agencies in the 27 EU countries and beyond. Mostra is also a member of PROI, the leading worldwide network of independent PR agencies (www.proi.org).
Key partners: SachaDeshmuckh, Gavin Devine, Alisdair Gray, Gavib Devine
Baseline & Remarks:MHP is a fully integrated public affairs and public relations company, with in-depth sector expertise combined with the latest thinking in communications practice across specialist disciplines. Owned by the Engine Group, the UK’s fastest growing independent marketing and communications business.
Key partners: Jeff Chertack (Managing Director),LaureVanHauwaert (Head of corporate and consumer communications),DeepikaSandhu (Director of Public Affairs)
Baseline & Remarks: Ogilvy Public Relations Brussels is a full-service, strategic communications consultancy. Part of the Ogilvy Group, we offer clients one-stop access to integrated marketing and communications expertise. As the EU communication hub, we work with EU policy makers and opinion leaders, EU and local media corps, businesses and associations.
Expertise: Ogilvy designs and implements tailored communications programmes that generate awareness and drive change. Our multinational team of experts brings experience in corporate and public communications, public affairs and internal communications with speciality in health, sustainability and the environment and trade. Communication services offered include: brand positioning and reputation management, coalition-building, corporate responsibility communications, crisis and issue management, media relations, behaviour change marketing, digital strategy and strategic communication planning.
Acumen Public Affairs
Alonso & Asociados
Anna Macdougald EU Public Affairs
Association Global Services
Barabino & Partners Europe S.A.
Business Environment Europe
Clan Public Affairs
Consultancy Europe Associates
Group Deloitte & Touche
Didier (J.M.) and Associates European Affairs
DLA Piper – Global Government Relations
Ecotec Research and Consulting
Edelman Public Relations Worldwide
Equality Consulting Ltd.
European Regional Affairs Consultants
Euro P.A. Consulting
European Advisory Services
European Affairs Consulting Group Berlin
European Consulting Company
European Contact Service
European Development Projects
European Energy and Telecom Consulting
European Research Associates
European Strategy and Lobbying
EuroRSCG C&O -European Affairs
Furrer et Hugi
Gavin Anderson & Company
GOS Consulting Ltd.
Grayling Political Strategy
Houston Consulting Europe
Impetus Europe Consulting Group
INTEC Strategic Advice GmbH
International Relations Consulting
Jaypro Associates Limited
Josef Zieleniec & Partners
JPA International Affairs & Consultancy
Kern European Affairs
L Consult: Conseil Affaires Européennes
Longin & Associes
Luther Pendragon Brussels
Nicholas Phillips Associates
PNO Consultants GmbH
Porter Novelli Brussels
PraaningMeines Consultancy Group
Prisma Consulting Group
PRM – European Lobbyists
Thorvik International Consulting
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