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  • The politicisation of toxicology

    “In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.” ― Galileo Galilei Scientific progress requires scientific debate. Ideas come from questioning the status quo, technologies develop when innovative solutions are sought, and science advances when flaws are dissected, discussed and ironed out. But there is…

  • 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…

  • Lithuanian Parliamentary Elections – here we go again, Peasants and Greens this time…

    Lithuania elected its new Parliament (Seimas) on Sunday. The results are quite unexpected but not surprising at the same time. The winner is again a new party that promised to ‘save’ the country and eliminate all of its systemic problems (like emigration, poverty and social exclusion). The Lithuanian Peasants and Greens party (Lietuvos valstiečių ir…

  • 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…

  • FTI Consulting EU 2016 Outlook

    The EU is going through something of an existential crisis and 2016 will arguably be the most critical year in its history. Challenges range from refugees and migration to the Brexit referendum and growing anti-EU sentiment and populism in many member states. At the same issues like tax, the Digital Single Market, the circular economy…

  • 2016 – A year of big change for asset managers and the financial community in Europe

    2016 will be a busy year for financial services in Brussels thanks to the amount of legislation currently under scrutiny and the number of amendments to regulations affecting the financial services sector that are being considered. With the implementation of MiFID II (Markets in Financial Instruments Directive) including the possible postponement by a year of its application, and with…

  • EU trends in agriculture 2016

    Agriculture today must both mitigate and adapt to global challenges like water shortages, climate change and food insecurity. Industry and policymakers alike are coming up with potential solutions covering a wide breadth, from innovative breakthroughs resulting from digital technologies and industry consolidation, to new laws aimed at protecting farmers and consumers alike. The UN Sustainable…

  • 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…

  • The return of Tsipras

    Sunday’s snap election in Greece has resulted in victory for Syriza and Alexis Tsipras, who returns as Prime Minister with a 7.5% margin over his opponent, New Democracy leader Evangelos Meimarakis. While pre-election polls had them neck and neck, in the end Syriza fell just five seats short of an overall majority and will renew…

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