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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.
Public Affairs 13-01-2016

New figures reveal EU’s weight in Brussels local economy

European Union institutions and other international organisations in Brussels contributed 121,000 jobs and around €5 billion annually to the local economy, according to official figures published on Tuesday (12 January).
Public Affairs 07-01-2016

Brussels launches tourism PR offensive after terror lockdown

A new campaign was launched on Thursday (7 January) to convince tourists that Brussels is now safe to visit after the city hosting the EU institutions was paralysed by a lockdown in November following the terrorist attacks in Paris.
Development Policy 09-12-2015

European Year for Development scores unevenly across EU

The European Year for Development (EYD) has had an uneven success in reaching its goal – raising the awareness of Europeans about the importance of the EU development agenda. The EurActiv network reports.
Public Affairs 20-11-2015

29 journalists take European Parliament to court

Twenty-nine journalists have filed 27 complaints with the European Court of Justice against the European Parliament, which allegedly refused to give information on how MEPs spend their allowances
Public Affairs 17-11-2015

Google, Facebook and Amazon forced to face MEPs' tax questions

Some 11 multinationals gave patchy responses to questions on their tax practices from the MEPs of the special committee on tax rulings (TAXE) on Monday, ending months of procrastination. EurActiv France reports
Public Affairs 04-11-2015

Juncker backs Schulz bid for Parliament chair

EXCLUSIVE / Martin Schulz has launched a discreet campaign to remain President of the European Parliament for a third consecutive term. One of his most fervent supporters is Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission President.
Public Affairs 27-10-2015

The European Citizens' Initiative needs promised 'start button'

After over three years of use, none of nearly 50 proposed ECIs have resulted in a legislative proposal. The European Commission simply declined to act, leaving ECI supporters feeling betrayed, writes Carsten Berg.
Public Affairs 19-10-2015

European institutions split over lobbying black list

The European Parliament is considering revoking the accreditation of certain big business lobbyists. But the Commission has no such plans. EurActiv France reports

Commission in breach of UN tobacco lobbying rules, says EU Ombudsman

The European Commission fails to meet United Nations transparency obligations over tobacco lobbying the EU Ombudsman has found, in the latest of a string of embarrassments over the executive’s relationship with Big Tobacco.
EU Priorities 2020 02-10-2015

The next phase of European power politics

Fear of the unknown and threats of retaliation have replaced prosperity as the force maintaining cohesion in Europe. This will progressively weaken Europe's balance of power, writes Andrea Bosoni.