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  • EU Lobbying: Professionals with limited impact

    Public Affairs 13-06-2005

    Why do companies or interest groups use European associations, in-house lobbyists and political consultants simultaneously, alternatively or partially even opposing each other? What does this mean for the influence lobbyists exert on European political decision-making? These questions are addressed in a recent book (in English) authored by Irina Michalowitz, Assistant Professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna – with a provocative finding: EU lobbying may be far less influential than is generally expected.

  • The French in Brussels: Professional lobbying out in the open?

    Public Affairs 03-06-2005

    The representatives of French interests in Brussels have, for a long time, been handicapped by the weight of a national political culture struggling to become "euro-compatible", often contradictory to the practices of lobbying in force at the European level. Today the situation is starting to change, largely thanks to the arrival of a new generation of French lobbyists, writes Stephan Desselas, director of public affairs firm Athenora Consulting.

  • Public Affairs in Brussels: old game, new luck?

    Public Affairs 03-12-2004

    15.000 lobbyists are estimated to work in Brussels. After
    enlargement and the entering into force of the Nice Treaty they are
    faced with the challenges of an increasingly multileveled system of
    governance. The authors (Steffen Dagger and Manuel Lianos) of this
    article that was published in Politik & Kommunikation argue
    that, due to the complexity of decision-making processes and the
    multitude of political actors, the only way forward for interest
    groups and consultants is to build issue-based alliances in
    Brussels and EU wide. Furthermore, as is the case in the US,
    consultants and lawyers should work hand in hand to combine PR with
    judicial know-how to be able to carry out their work more

  • “How to get the best out of your lobbyist!”

    Public Affairs 22-11-2004

    In an open letter to new MEPs, Tom Spencer from the European
    Centre for Public Affairs (ECPA), says lobbyists "are the ideal
    companions for your down moments"!