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  • Will there be fireworks for privacy on Fourth of July?

    Yesterday the Article 31 Committee met to discuss the recently agreed privacy shield text, one of the last steps before the deal enters into force. Yesterday was also the day – as Commissioner Věra Jourová had expressed her wish for – the Article 31 Committee were supposed to agree by strong consent on the text…

  • Public Consultation on the Audiovisual Media Service Directive launched

    The European Commission has just launched its public consultation on the Audiovisual Media Service Directive as part of its Digital Single Market Strategy, which was announced on 6 May. The results of the consultation will feed into the REFIT exercise, where the Commission seeks to evaluate whether the directive is working as intended by its…

  • Is manufacturing the centrepiece for EU economic revival?

    Hans Hack, Head of Financial Services at FTI Consulting Brussels, speaks to World Finance about how manufacturing could stimulate economic revival in Europe. What needs to be done?  

  • Hans Hack speaks on Grexit and its potential impact

    With a final decision pending on Grexit, Hans Hack, Head of Financial Services at FTI Consulting Brussels, speaks to European CEO on where Russia stands on the pay out and what this means for Greece’s relationship with the EU overall.

  • Spanish regional and local elections – from streets to seats

    Last Sunday’s regional and local elections in Spain has seen the incumbent PP given a thrashing and represented a major win for grassroots movements. Spain held regional elections in 13 of its 17 regions (Andalusia, Catalonia, Galicia, and the Basque Country have separate regional electoral cycles) and local elections in more than 8,000 towns and…

  • The EU Emission Trading System

    The Emission Trading System (ETS) is at the centre of the EU’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and EU leaders agreed to change the system to reach a stated 40% GHG emissions reduction target. However in the ten years since its launch it has become clear that the ETS is not functioning properly…

  • Our office is growing!

    It’s been an exciting start to the year here in Brussels with the addition of seven new team members to strengthen our Competition, Trade and Financial Services practices. The additions include senior professionals from within the European Commission including Massimo Baldinato, John Clancy, Kyra Obolensky and Roeland Van der Stappen as Senior Directors, Robrecht Vandormael…

  • Anti-US Sentiments – A concern for business?

                  The Snowden revelations, domination of the internet by US companies and the ongoing critical debate about TTIP impact public opinion of US business in the EU. While the US is by far Europe’s most important partner in political as well as economic terms, US companies are increasingly concerned…

  • CCS: A painful start for a promising technology

    Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is critical to achieve the reduction in CO2 emissions necessary to manage global warming and keep energy affordable. However uptake of CCS in the EU has been disappointing – despite political support – and not a single CCS facility in Europe is yet operational. Recent developments in the UK, where…

  • Greek elections: anger overcame fear, but is there hope?

    Now that Syriza has formed a government which has already made some statements on its legislative agenda, there is now a little more clarity on  the road forward, and it’s of little comfort to many across Europe and in the troika. Tsipras has just criticised the EU for its stance on Russia, has put the…

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