November 2014

  • The Modi-Juncker Era – New Opportunities in EU-India Trade

    The recent breakthrough in the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement negotiations shows that India is opening up towards free trade.  While the EU-India Free Trade Agreement is unlikely to conclude within the year, there are other opportunities from which business can benefit, and the new political administrations in the world’s two largest democratic jurisdictions could provide the…

  • Towards a Global Corporate Tax Overhaul

    At the G20 Summit on 15-16 November 2014 political leaders reiterated their determination to address base erosion and profit shifting by corporates, with the objective of re-establishing the integrity and fairness of international tax rules. Leaders made considerable progress in tackling harmful tax practices which will result in concrete changes of national tax systems in…

  • Fog over the Channel – Britain cut off?

    The prospect of the UK leaving the EU is becoming a distinct possibility. Recent polls indicate that more than half of British voters are in favour of a Brexit. David Cameron says he will hold an in/out referendum in 2017 if the Conservatives are returned to government. He has stated he wants to keep the…

  • European Commission 2014-2019

    On the 1st November, the 2014-2019 European Commission took office. The new structure, that has been shaped by President Jean-Claude Juncker, consists of seven Vice-Presidents who will steer and coordinate the work of twenty Commissioners. The below overview demonstrates the distribution of responsibilities among the Vice-Presidents and the Commissioners as well as the Heads of…

  • A €300 billion Investment Plan for Europe

    When he outlined the political priorities of the incoming European Commission in July 2014, President Juncker stated that his first priority as Commission President would be the strengthening of Europe’s competitiveness and the stimulation of investment for the purpose of job creation. Within the first three months of his mandate and in the context of…

  • Energy Flash – The 2030 Energy & Climate Framework

    On 22 October European leaders reached an agreement on the 2030 Energy and Climate Framework.

  • Political communications in a digital age – a wrap up from our expert breakfast meeting

    This morning FTI Consulting Brussels’ Digital Strategy team hosted a breakfast meeting on “political communications in a digital age”, a topic which resonates massively with Brussels beltway stakeholders, to judge by the turnout. More than 40 people attended from across the EU institutions, business, industry & trade associations, chambers of commerce, NGOs and national permanent…

  • Adding fuel to the fire: higher EU budget contribution puts pressure on an already strained relationship

                      George Candon discusses David Cameron’s response to the European Commission’s call for a £1.7 billion increase in the UK’s contribution to the EU’s budget to reflect its strong economic performance. While this reflects a previously agreed legal mechanism, the fraught politics of Britain’s relationship with Europe…

  • Is the EU moving towards determining healthcare expenditure?

    Something curious is happening with EU health and pharma policies, at a time of the advent of a new European Commission. If one looks at the mission letters of the relevant Commissioners, Vytenis Andriukaitis (Health) and Elżbieta Bieńkowska (Internal Market & Enterprise), the EU health policy agenda is not particularly ambitious. Also, the Commission staff…

  • Smooth Operator: The Juncker Commission and its Priorities

    A period of intense speculation and Parliamentary hearings with candidate Commissioners is officially over. On 22 October the European Parliament approved the Juncker Commission with 423 votes for to 209 against and 67 abstentions. Contrary to many predictions, the new Commission can start its work as foreseen on 1 November, pretty much with the original line up of candidates. 

Back to top