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  • Europe’s energy future – destructive innovation and change

    Hosted by FTI Consulting Brussels’ Head of Energy Kerstin Duhme, FTI Consulting’s Ladies Who Lunch Network welcomed Susanne Nies, Head of the Distribution System Operators Unit at Eurelectric on Monday 26 January. With a wealth of experience in energy and power generation, Susanne shared a frank and refreshingly provocative view on Internal Energy Market, the…

  • Democratising coding to drive growth

    Coding is the 21st century literacy. From Elon Musk to Andrus Ansip, everyone is urging kids to learn to code. A European Commission report says that Europe is currently short of some 500,000 ICT jobs in development, analysis and management, a number that is set to nearly double by 2020. At the same time, unemployment…

  • United by austerity

    By George Candon, Orestis Kalliantzidis and Constantine Levoyannis The dust had barely settled on the outcome of the much-anticipated Greek general election which saw Syriza fall just two tantalizing seats short of an outright majority*, when hot on the heals comes the news that the hard-left party has jumped into bed with the populist rightwing…

  • Greek elections: Fear. Anger. Hope?

    Left-wing Syriza is primed to win power in next Sunday’s general elections in Greece, causing something of a political earthquake not just within Greece, but also without. Syriza has been vocal in talking up renegotiating Greece’s bailout terms and significantly increasing public spending to help those worst hit by austerity measures. Will this mean a…

  • HTA cooperation at EU level: From “agreeing on to doing”, from therapeutic added value to cost effectiveness

    The heated debate over price transparency before the Christmas break distracted us from another important development which, being often perceived as too technical and theoretical, may in fact result in significant changes for the pharmaceutical industry: EU level cooperation on Health Technology Assessments (HTA) – the method for assessing the ways science & technology are…

  • Can high-priced medicines constitute an abuse of a dominant position in the EU?

    The price of medicines has inevitably always been, and is likely to remain, a long-standing matter of contention between originator companies, governments and patients. It has however become more acute since the launch of some very innovative but very highly priced medicines in recent months, says FTI Consulting’s Darren Kinsella.   Never mind that these…

  • Super-Juncker or Junck-Man?

    It’s been a very lively year for the Juncker Commission and the final highlight came this week when the Commission Work Programme was presented this Tuesday.   Juncker has promised to do things very differently to previous Commissions, making the Work Programme highly anticipated. In the end, the withdrawal or rather delay of the air…

  • cLIMAtalks were a storm cloud in the hottest year on record – watch out for the Paris typhoon! #COP21

    The intense negotiations in Lima were an important step toward a potential global climate deal in Paris in December 2015, but the future remains unclear. For many the outcome was far from sufficient; talks fell short of expectations as regards binding commitments on emission reduction targets and transparent reporting standards, which some say will make…

  • EU-US digital relations

    How to define the digital transatlantic relations between the EU and the US? Having attended the AmCham EU 2nd Annual Transatlantic Conference last week, it was refreshing to see that cooperation and trust remain the key priorities in a relationship which has sometimes been tense. As often seen in these conferences, the panel really got…

  • From Ugly Duckling to Superstar: how energy efficiency (almost) got to the top of the political agenda

    Energy efficiency has long been promoted at European level. The European Commission has certainly made great efforts to support it and to ensure that energy savings can contribute to the EU’s energy priorities, namely reduction of carbon emissions, lowering of energy costs and increase of energy independence. The EU has introduced energy efficiency targets, created…

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