What’s next for the EU? – The 60th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome

The European Union celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome on 25 March 2017. The Treaty of Rome is the bedrock of the longest period of peace the continent has ever experienced. Yet as leaders of the EU celebrate this achievement, multiple challenges lie ahead, ranging from populism, the refugee crisis, Brexit, geopolitical…

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Dutch election snapshot: Rutte wins, fragmentation prevails

There’s a saying in the Netherlands: “Act normal, that is crazy enough”. It seems that the Dutch who voted in yesterday’s general election felt the same way. The exciting election resulted in a record turnout (82%) and produced a clear winner: the VVD, party of current Prime Minister, Mark Rutte. Rutte’s right-of-centre VVD outperformed the…

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BREXIT BOWL | The final countdown to triggering Article 50

It’s lining up to be a significant month for the European Union. The Dutch are holding their much-anticipated general election today with intense focus on the prospects of the far-right leader Geert Wilders. EU Presidents and Prime Ministers – apart from UK PM Theresa May – will gather in Rome on 25 March to celebrate…

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Will the grass be greener on the other side of 2017? Guide to this year’s EU agriculture policy

2017 started with the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) as policymakers seek to finalise a number of regulations affecting the environmental impact of agriculture. In addition to the big overhaul and greening of the CAP, the EU aims to curtail emissions from agriculture and land-use by concluding the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR) and…

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World leaders and Media stars – FTI Brussels Don’ts for planning a trip to the World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum annual meeting can seem a little overwhelming at first glance. The Brussels team was on-site in January and nothing can quite prepare you for the festival of people, parties, press, and ideas that Davos presents. Whilst the main meeting is limited to invitees and members of the Forum, for most attendees…

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Snow boots and business cards – Dos for planning a trip to the World Economic Forum

Whether you have been before, are making a first time trip or are simply considering getting involved, the World Economic Forum in Davos isn’t quite like any other event of its kind. Back in January the FTI Brussels team organised a major client event on-site and with a packed room at the Belvedere hotel –…

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Brexit Bowl – Views from European Capitals

Multi-tasking’s the name of the game for today’s European Union leaders. While Brexit might be one of the top issues for some EU officials, it’s by no means the only challenge requiring political attention, causing uncertainty and unpredictability amongst business across Europe and beyond. A new US President openly questioning the validity of their ‘project’,…

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Brexit & Broadcasting – The UK’S role as a European hub

The Audio Visual Media Services Directive – AVMSD – has been the cornerstone of EU television broadcasting since its introduction in 1989 (as the Television Without Frontiers Directive). AVMSD established the Country of Origin (COO) principle, enabling providers to broadcast across the whole of the EU once they have established themselves in one MS –…

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