May 2016

  • DSM – Towards a brave digital future

    Right now, barely a week goes by without another Commission initiative coming out, promising to deliver untold benefits to business and consumers as we continue towards a brave digital future. This week was a case in point, seeing the adoption of the latest Commission DSM package, this time focussing on online consumer protection, geo-blocking and…

  • Brussels | Holmes 2016 Sabre awards for PA Agency

    We are REALLY honoured to be shortlisted for the Holmes 2016 Sabre awards for PA Agency of the Year for the second year in a row. Over the past 13 years we have grown from a small boutique to a 70 strong office in the Brussels hub alone, so I wanted to write to thank…

  • Another call for action on the fight against AMR

    Last week, the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, published its final report on Tackling Drug-Resistant Infections Globally. The document represents an important call for action in the global fight against AMR and is expected to have a huge impact on the current debate. Setting the scene, the report states that 700,000 people die of drug-resistant infections…

  • Risk in EU legislation: The snake inside or outside the box

    Although risk and hazard are sometimes used interchangeably, they are fundamentally different: anything that can cause harm represents a hazard, whereas risk describes the chance of harm being done – in terms of both the likelihood of harm, and the extent of that harm. To understand this difference is crucial when regulating potentially harmful substances.…

  • The new kids on the block in plant breeding

    You probably haven’t heard of them – unless you’re a plant breeding researcher, an anti-GMO activist or work in the seed industry – but they’re the new kids on the block desperately trying to fit in. They’re collectively called new (plant) breeding techniques (NBTs) which is just a technical name introduced by the European Commission.[i]…

  • Crisis communications: failing to plan is planning to fail

    Why every business needs a solid crisis communications plan John F Kennedy once said that the time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining. While he was talking about the US economy, the same goes for crisis management in protecting corporate reputation. In today’s fast-paced world – marked by a 24-7 news…

  • Are EU merger review thresholds falling behind the times?

    EU Merger Control has clear rules on when a merger of two companies needs to be examined by the EU competition authority. The idea is two-fold: give legal certainty to companies and ensure that all potentially harmful merger projects are actually reviewed by a responsible competition authority. The current rule book developed from EU antitrust…

  • The State of the EU’s Digital Single Market Project

    One year ago the European Commission came out with its plans for finalising the EU’s Digital Single Market by 2019 – and then went back to the drawing board to figure out the details. As the rhythm of concrete proposals is finally picking up, with a whole set of additional proposals due in a couple…

  • Telecoms Review – Back to the Future

    In our snapshot of July 2015, we recommended that industry players and investors, no matter where they were based, should be ready and prepared to engage with EU policymakers for the forthcoming telecoms reform package. Future proposals could have far reaching consequences for industry, consumers and internet companies operating in the internal market. Nine months…

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