July 2017

  • Revising the audiovisual rules – the final twist?

    In Brussels, it doesn’t get any more exciting this: today, the European Commission, the Council and the European Parliament start the final part of the legislative process to hash out line by line and article by article how to revise the existing EU audiovisual rules. Think Django Unchained but with pen and paper. At stake…

  • Brexit Bowl – Views from China

    July is usually when the thoughts of politicians and officials from across Europe begin to turn to sun, sea and sangria, and dreams about strengthening the Union (the European Union) are put on the back burner for a month or two. But for the Brexit negotiators holed up on both sides of the Channel, there…

  • PARIS AGREEMENT – US COPING OUT

    The Paris Climate Agreement has been a diplomatic success story, giving rise to the hope that the world finally unites in the fight against climate change. In 2015, 196 countries signed the international compromise and formally committed to finding solutions in order to mitigate climate change. Trump’s announcement on 1 June to withdraw from the…

  • Brexit, Energy and Ireland

    One year on from the UK’s vote to leave the EU, FTI Consulting hosted a high-level panel discussion in Dublin on Thursday 22 June 2017 on the impact of Brexit on Ireland’s energy markets and security. The panel comprised Colin Spain, who established and leads Gaelectric’s Energy Trading and Markets Services team and is responsible…

  • Our event on Autonomous Vehicles: Who will win the global race?

    On 15 June we held a lunch briefing on the global competition towards autonomous vehicles. Speakers from the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the EU Commission, Ford, Bosch and Allianz SE discussed the issue, on which we also published a white paper.  What added a new dimension to the event were the experts from the…

  • Strasbourg blog # 5: Europe’s getting its act together?

    As always, last week was a busy week in Strasbourg. While MEPs and the European Commission celebrated the end of roaming charges (but forgot to mention the many exceptions), discussions on the future of Europe and its place in the world continued in the plenary. Among the many topics raised, discussions on the euro, global…

  • Estonian EU Council Presidency

    Estonia will take over the role of Presidency of the Council of the EU from Malta on 1 July 2017, their first since joining the EU alongside their Baltic neighbours in 2004. Their presidency’s slogan – “Unity through Balance” – shows Estonia intends to fully embrace its role to find agreement among very diverse national…

  • A GLOBAL RACE FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

    The automotive revenue pool will grow and diversify with new services, potentially becoming a $1.5 trillion market in 2030 according to McKinsey & Company. However, the discussion on new technologies such as autonomous vehicles suffers from highly fragmented regulatory approaches in key markets – the US, EU and Asia – leaving the international industry frustrated…

  • The DSM @2: where now for tech in the EU?

      Spring 2017 marks two years since the launch of the Digital Single Market strategy – one of the flagship policy areas identified by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to bring much-needed jobs, economic growth, innovation and digital infrastructure to the EU. To mark the occasion, the Commission has published its DSM Mid Term Review…

  • Bulgaria’s new government – what, if anything, has changed?

    Last week Bulgaria’s National Assembly approved the composition of the new government, following the victory of the centre-right party, GERB, at the snap elections held on 26 March 2017. Following the election, GERB’s leader, Boyko Borisov, became Prime Minister for the third time in eight years. GERB failed to secure an absolute majority at the…

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