October 2015

  • EU drones are taking off

    The European Parliament has adopted a non-binding report on the safe use of drones in civil aviation. Drafted by MEP Jacqueline Foster (ECR, UK), the report highlights that a clear European legal framework is required in order to ensure the development of the European drone sector. Today Europe is the leader in civilian drone operations,…

  • Cyber intelligence: a step forward in cybersecurity

    Companies are increasingly confronted by carefully planned and sophisticated cyberattacks, with huge financial and reputational costs. No wonder cybersecurity has become a top concern among c-suite executives. All businesses, regardless their sector, size or market share, are potential targets for cyber criminals. In many cases repeated cyberattacks against the same company come in quick succession.…

  • FTI WIN@COMP

      Last Wednesday evening FTI Consulting’s strategic communications competition team had the pleasure of hosting a networking cheese and wine evening in Brussels. Women professionals in the field of competition from different backgrounds, including law firms, the European institutions and in-house specialists, joined us at the first of a series of FTI WIN@COMP events. The room…

  • Law and Justice – they’re back…

    Yesterday, Poles handed the Law and Justice party (PIS) victory in the Polish parliamentary election. No surprise here, as their win was widely predicted, and exit polls gave them a resounding victory with 37.7% of the vote. The incumbent centrist Civic Platform was decimated, securing just 23% of the vote, less than half of what…

  • Shifting the Sharing Economy into the Mainstream

    Consumer-led innovation has brought about a sharing economy revolution, which is set to see a £9bn economy grow to £230bn in just ten years. In this snapshot FTI Consulting considers how peer-to-peer business must work with government, consumers and the private sector to secure market success in the long term. John Gusman is Consultant at…

  • Enabling Connected Cars: Securing the right regulatory environment

    Close cooperation between regulators and the private sector is key to the development of the connected-car market in Europe. This was the main outcome of a roundtable on connected cars organised by FTI Consulting and Linklaters LLP on 16 October 2015. The event brought together representatives of the European institutions and the private sector to…

  • Euro-Mediterranean Energy Cooperation and the Prospects for Gas

    Energy cooperation in South-East Europe and the Mediterranean is a central element of the EU’s goal of delivering a stable, secure and thriving Mediterranean gas market that gives people across the region secure, competitive and sustainable energy. To that end the EU, together with the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) established three platforms: one on regional electricity markets, one…

  • COP21 – The EU’s second chance

    For the European Union (EU), the efforts towards a global climate agreement are more than just a political priority. Climate change is the guiding theme for many policies and early on the EU had the ambition to be the global leader in the fight against climate change. Consequently, the EU has introduced many far-reaching measures…

  • Merkel and Hollande’s speech in the European Parliament: Together we stand

    The singularity of Merkel’s and Hollande’s joint speech to the European Parliament (EP) was not that it happened at all, but what has triggered it. Let’s look at the precedents: this was the first time in 25 years the leaders of the two largest European economies addressed the EP together. They didn’t do so during…

  • New plant breeding techniques: Stuck in the lab or market potential?

    New plant breeding techniques (NBTs) – modern biotechnology methods used to improve crops – may become the next big thing for the seed industry. Seed breeders see huge market potential in them, with their ability to bring new characteristics to crops such as enhanced nutritional value and better resilience to climate extremes. But the seed…

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