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28/07/2016

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Euro & Finance 19-07-2016

Commission’s private-sector ‘revolving door’ should work in public interest

Former Commission President Barroso’s job offer at Goldman Sachs has prompted outrage. But the real problem is the EU’s lack of transparency and democratic oversight. Interaction with the private sector through the so-called “revolving door” should be encouraged, write Katinka Brouwer, Penelope Bergkamp and Dr Lucas Bergkamp.
Public Affairs 14-07-2016

Publish papers from secretive talks on EU law, Ombudsman tells institutions

Secretive three-way talks between EU institutions on draft law must be made more transparent, the European Ombudsman today (14 July) said after an investigation into the negotiations known as “trialogues”.
Central Europe 13-07-2016

Romania's judicial reforms: A case study for future member states

Nine years after joining the EU, Romania is continuing its fight against corruption, as well as tackling the challenge of recovering the proceeds of crime. Experts say that its judicial reform experience could serve as an example to future EU member states. EurActiv Romania reports.
Public Affairs 12-07-2016

How to prevent Barroso from becoming yet another lobbyist

Contrary to the salvific rhetoric embraced by the Juncker Commission there are legal obligations preventing José Manuel Barroso from taking up the job as non-executive chairman of Goldman Sachs, write Alberto Alemanno and Benjamin Bodson.
Global Europe 01-07-2016

Slovakia advocates returning EU power to capitals

Speaking to Brussels journalists on a press trip to Bratislava, the Slovak premier, and his foreign minister, shed light on their ambitions for steering the Union for the next six months, and laying the groundwork for a rethink of the EU, following the shock of the UK referendum.
Future EU 30-06-2016

The bright side of Brexit: Lobbying jobs in Brussels in high demand

One industry that is sure to benefit from Brexit is the government affairs sector, as worried UK businesses and trade associations try to adjust to a confusing new world, writes Aart van Iterson.
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Public Affairs 22-06-2016

Creating alliances for your advocacy campaign

The EurActiv Institute’s Yellow Academy is a series of 7 workshops on EU lobbying and communication with a strong focus on case studies.
Health & Consumers 13-06-2016

Links of ex-commissioner Dalli to Philip Morris alledged

Alfred Mifsud, the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Malta, took money from tobacco giant Philip Morris to entertain a relationship with then Commissioner for Health John Dalli, responsible for EU’s tobacco legislation portfolio, according to an well-respected investigative journalist in Malta.

5 differences in corporates & federations communication

In April 2016, EurActiv circulated a survey among EU affairs experts working in corporations and federations in Brussels, trying to examine the different roles these entities play in “the Bubble”, the synergies between them, but also what sets them apart in their approach to raise awareness of various policy aspects.
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Public Affairs 03-06-2016

EU Matters with Lars Erik Grønntun

At the European Business Summit, Giovanni Colombo spoke to Lars Erik Grønntun, President and CEO of Hill+Knowlton Strategies EMEA, to discuss challenges currently facing the EU, and how to communicate in times of crisis.

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Public Affairs 25-05-2016

How to work the two-level game

The 2016 series of Yellow Academy events continues on 2 June with a session led by Konstantinos Maragkakis from Instinctif Partners, titled “How to work the two-level game”.
Elections 19-05-2016

Europe must remember its anti-fascist roots

Has the EU forgotten it was the product of anti-fascist ideals? The question may sound absurd to anyone not following the latest political developments. But the situation in Austria is cause for concern, write Guillaume Balas, Sergio Cofferati, Curzio Maltese and Dimitrios Papadimoulis.


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Public Affairs 13-05-2016

Adapting your message to your audience

The 2016 series of Yellow Academy events continues on 19 May with a session led by Giles Keane from Acumen Public Affairs, titled “Adapting your message to your audience”.

European Parliament tells MEP to return €400,000

The Danish MEP Morten Messerschmidt has misused EU funding through two foundations he used to chair, according to the European Parliament’s secretary general Klaus Welle. The MEP will likely have to pay back €400,000 worth of EU funding.
Public Affairs 04-05-2016

Brussels' EU quarter to get facelift, amid traffic chaos

Brussels city authorities - acutely aware of the negative image of the city's European quarter - are planning to give the Schuman roundabout a facelift, complete with a new pedestrian zone.
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EIT boss: ‘There is a new focus on measuring results’

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Institute of Technology has come under heavy criticism from EU auditors, who flagged a “lack of tangible results” in a recent report. But most issues have now largely been addressed, assures Martin Kern, who promises a new focus on results.
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Public Affairs 18-04-2016

Defensive communication: countering criticism and dealing with bad press

The 2016 Yellow Academy continues on 21 April with a session led by Alexandria Hicks from FleishmanHillard, titled “Defensive communication: countering criticism and dealing with bad press”.
Energy 06-04-2016

Gazprom’s Schröder holds ‘friendly’ meeting with Juncker

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker received today (5 April) Gerhard Schröder, the former Chancellor of Germany who now works for Gazprom. The Commission however insisted the two met as old acquaintances.
Public Affairs 31-03-2016

EU’s Visitors Programme in the freezer following the Brussels attacks

A total of 26 visitors’ groups to the European Commission have been annulled so far following the 22 March terrorist attacks in Brussels, and it is not clear when the normal activity of visits will resume, EurActiv has learned.
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Public Affairs 15-03-2016

2016 Public Affairs Forecast by Thomas Tindemans

From security and climate change to the UK EU membership referendum, 2016 looks set to be a year characterised by disruption.
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Public Affairs 10-03-2016

Reputation management: becoming a community driven organisation

The EurActiv Institute’s Yellow Academy is a series of 7 workshops on EU lobbying and communication with a strong focus on case studies.

Commission snubs watchdog's demand for Big Tobacco transparency

The European Commission has snubbed an EU watchdog’s demand for more transparency in the executive’s dealings with Big Tobacco, drawing further criticism from the European Ombudsman. 
Public Affairs 20-01-2016

Renzi changes top envoy in Brussels

As tensions with the European Union continued, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has decided to change his top representative in Brussels.
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Public Affairs 19-01-2016

Storytelling for public affairs practitioners

The EurActiv Institute's Yellow Academy is a series of 7 workshops on EU lobbying and communication with a strong focus on case studies.