Public Affairs Archives

  • Consultant: ‘Top job’ roles to be defined by personalities


    The division of power between the new EU president and High Representative for Foreign Affairs "will be defined by their personalities," Julia Harrison, managing partner at public affairs consultancy Blueprint Partners, told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • PR boss: Parliament to become ‘more vocal’ under Lisbon


    The European Parliament will become "significantly more vocal" in expressing its position on EU policy issues under the Treaty of Lisbon, George Ellis Ruano, founder of Brussels-based PR firm Gellis Communications, told EURACTIV in an interview, helping "to ensure that decisions are taken as close to the citizen as possible".  

  • PA boss: Lisbon to make EU ‘real entity on global stage’


    Today's entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty should help the European Union to become "a real entity on the global stage," Elaine Cruikshanks, CEO of the Brussels arm of public affairs firm Hill & Knowlton, told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • Kallas: Commission must address ‘rigid’ recruitment system


    The European Commission should address the EU's "rigid" recruitment and career development systems to bring them more in line with today's flexible labour market, Siim Kallas, a vice-president of the EU executive, told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • Wallström: Legal basis necessary to communicate


    After trying for five years to find the right approach to communicating Europe, European Commission Vice-President Margot Wallström has come to the conclusion that the only way forward is to give the new commissioner control of citizenship legislation and the accompanying programmes and budget, she told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • PA boss: ‘Backlash against Anglo-Saxon model’ expected in new Parliament


    The next European Parliament legislature will be characterised by a "backlash" against the British-American economic model, Michiel Van Hulten of PA firm Burson-Marsteller told EURACTIV in an interview, predicting that the centre-right EPP and centre-left S&D groups are "likely to argue for much tighter regulation of the economy".

  • PA head: New Parliament to be ‘more pro-business, less green’


    The new European Parliament is likely to be 'more pro-business' and more industry-friendly', adopting a less 'green' stance on major policy issues, Jacques Lafitte of consultancy Avisa told EURACTIV in an interview, predicting that a new majority coalition will emerge between the EPP, ALDE and the new conservative group.

  • Lobby chief: Lisbon Agenda failed to ‘dynamise’ European project


    The EU's flagship Lisbon Agenda for boosting growth and jobs has failed to "dynamise and galvanise European forces" around the European project, José Lalloum, managing partner of Logos Public Affairs, told EURACTIV in an interview, calling for the strategy to be revived.

  • PA chief: New Parliament will be ‘issue-specific’


    Coalitions in the European Parliament have always been "issue-specific" and will continue to be that way in the new legislature, Georg Danell, managing partner in the Brussels office of public affairs firm Kreab Gavin Anderson, told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • Consultant: UK’s Cameron ‘cannot afford’ EU isolation


    Tory leader and potential future UK prime minister David Cameron will soon realise he "cannot afford" to become completely isolated in the EU after having "thrown away" British influence in the European Parliament by withdrawing Conservative MEPs from the European People's Party, Caroline Wunnerlich of consultancy Fleishman-Hillard told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • PR boss: More scope for ‘ideological coalitions’ in new Parliament


    The large number of European People's Party MEPs, the heightened position of the Greens and the "strengthened infrastructure" of the Eurosceptics mean that the scope for forging ideological coalitions will increase in the new EU assembly, Laurent Chokoualé Datou of PR firm Edelman told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • PA manager: Mix between Brussels, national capitals key to EU lobbying


    National capitals are vital spheres of influence in EU decision-making and stakeholders "cannot afford not to lobby there" as well as in Brussels, Julia Harrison, managing partner of public affairs consultancy Blueprint Partners, told EURACTIV in an interview. 

  • PA chief: Tories’ EU influence ‘to decline considerably’


    British Conservatives MEPs' influence in the new European Parliament will "decline considerably" as a result of party leader David Cameron's decision to pull them out of the European People's Party (EPP), Elaine Cruikshanks, CEO of consultancy Hill and Knowlton's Brussels office, told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • Consultant: EU ‘increasingly relevant’ for Brazilian business


    Europe's importance for Brazilian companies is growing, not only as a market for its goods but also as a region from which new investment can be attracted, corporate communications consultant Ciro Dias Reis told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • Academic: European school system triggers ‘social separation’

    Languages & Culture 17-02-2009

    Social separation in schools for the offspring of EU officials is creating a socially-homogenous "apartheid regime" that fosters a feeling of superiority among the pupils, Professor Philippe van Parijs of the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • Commissioner Kuneva: ‘My weapon is communication’


    Communication is key if consumers are to become well-informed experts and use their power to make business behave, Consumer Affairs Commissioner Meglena Kuneva told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

  • Expert: Brussels needs ‘mind-shift away from traditional communications’


    A "mind-shift away from traditional communications" is required if Brussels-based public affairs professionals are to embrace the potential of blogs and other online tools to help "break the cycle of one-way communication," Helen Dunnett, eCommunications manager at the European Crop Protection Association, told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • Scholar: EU political dimension ‘painfully lacking’


    Europe lacks a "grand design" and must move on from utilitarian concerns by becoming an "ideological project" if it is to have a significant impact at global level, argues prominent author and historian Elie Barnavi in an interview with EURACTIV.

  • Lib Dem leader: Nothing beats face-to-face politics


    UK Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg spoke to EURACTIV in an interview about his party's aim to knock on a million doors in the country ahead of next year's European elections. He also spoke of his belief that a return to face-to-face politics, combined with innovative campaign technologies, can combat growing political apathy among voters.

  • Mayor: Europe ‘needs simple language’


    The negative referendum on the EU Constitution in 2005 was a lesson learned for Ivo Opstelten, mayor of Rotterdam, who launched a citizens' initiative to put what Europe is all about into simple language. He spoke to EURACTIV about the scheme.

  • Ogilvy CEO: New media key to Obama campaign

    Elections 04-11-2008

    Embracing innovative new communication tools on the Internet and mobile phones to engage citizens has been central to the success of Barack Obama's US presidential campaign, says Brian Fetherstonhaugh, chairman and CEO of OgilvyOne Worldwide, in an interview with EURACTIV.

  • Spencer: Joint EU-US action on crisis ‘inevitable’


    Joint action from the EU and US to address the financial crisis "must inevitably precede global cooperation," argues Tom Spencer, the executive director of the European Centre for Public Affairs, in an interview with EURACTIV.

  • Professor: Lobbying debate will continue beyond 2009 elections


    Debate over the registration of interest groups lobbying the EU institutions will continue beyond the establishment of the new Commission and Parliament in 2009, said Rinus van Schendelen, deputy chairman of the European Centre for Public Affairs and professor of political science at Rotterdam's Erasmus University, in an interview with EURACTIV.

  • Advertising boss: EU cannot market itself properly


    European institutions in Brussels could learn from advertisers in better promoting the benefits of EU membership to citizens, argues Gary Leih, CEO of Ogilvy UK and President of the European Association of Communication Agencies (EACA) in an interview with EURACTIV.

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