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5th March 2008 The pressure for simultaneous transparency, consistency and cost effectiveness is putting an ever higher premium on the integration of the public affairs function. Internally, organisations are often plagued by rivalry between management functions each claiming to deal with the external environment – Public Affairs, Corporate Communications, Public Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility.… » read more

The Daily Telegraph – a very Eurosceptic English daily newspaper – today published an interesting article under the above banner. The article conclude that Lady Thatcher of then 1980s might in fact have supported the new Treaty of Lisbon, for the following reasons: Ø The institutional reforms in the Reform Treaty are largely designed to… » read more

After the heated debate and consultations on the European Transparency Initiative (ETI) we are now in the phase of consultations on its prominent element – the Code of Conduct for interest representatives (consultations close on 15/02/2008). The draft code proposed by the Commission seems fairly minimalist as it quotes very vast principles of “openness, transparency,… » read more

After the heated debate and consultations on the European Transparency Initiative (ETI) we are now in the phase of consultations on its prominent element – the Code of Conduct for interest representatives (consultations close on 15/02/2008). The draft code proposed by the Commission seems fairly minimalist as it quotes very vast principles of “openness, transparency,… » read more

After the heated debate and consultations on the European Transparency Initiative (ETI) we are now in the phase of consultations on its prominent element – the Code of Conduct for interest representatives (consultations close on 15/02/2008). The draft code proposed by the Commission seems fairly minimalist as it quotes very vast principles of “openness, transparency, honesty and integrity” that shall be binding for those (only!) who choose to register as lobbyists. There can be doubts whether it will bring more transparency to interest representation towards the EU Institutions.

Since 1986 the ECPA has been the only organisation to concentrate its efforts on training for Public Affairs excellence. ‘Inside Brussels‘ focuses this experience to help its participants understand and predict the ever-changing patterns of power in the European Union. There is no better way to understand how Europe works than to spend two days… » read more

Since 1986 the ECPA has been the only organisation to concentrate its efforts on training for Public Affairs excellence. ‘Inside Brussels‘ focuses this experience to help its participants understand and predict the ever-changing patterns of power in the European Union. There is no better way to understand how Europe works than to spend two days… » read more

Carma.org is an immediate success Carma stands for Carbon Monitoring for Action. Carma.org is a Web tool on which you can look up the carbon emissions of all of the world’s power plants. Starting from a world map you can zoom in to find the power plant locations, and then you can […] Original post… » read more

EU policymakers who are serious about the possibility of a border tax adjustment tariff to penalise countries which do not care about climate change, should have a look at the recent report of the United States Council for International Business (USCIB). The study indicates that such measures can be justified before the World Trade Organisation.… » read more

EU policymakers who are serious about the possibility of a border tax adjustment tariff to penalise countries which do not care about climate change, should have a look at the recent report of the United States Council for International Business (USCIB). The study indicates that such measures can be justified before the World Trade Organisation.… » read more

Reducing the environmental impact of consumer products – from the provision of raw materials over the production phase to consumption and disposal – is a challenge the Commission sought to address in its 2003 Integrated Product Policy (IPP) proposal. This European Business Summit workshop will discuss how Sustainable Consumption in the EU can be brought… » read more

Reducing the environmental impact of consumer products – from the provision of raw materials over the production phase to consumption and disposal – is a challenge the Commission sought to address in its 2003 Integrated Product Policy (IPP) proposal. This European Business Summit workshop will discuss how Sustainable Consumption in the EU can be brought… » read more

I received a provocative note from my good friend and colleague, Eberhard Rhein, and with his permission, publish it below: During their recent visits to Ryadh the French and US Presidents have called on the Saudis to lower the oil price as it hurts American and French families. They received a polite but firm answer… » read more

Although initiatives and legislative measures have been introduced since 1993, a genuinely competitive and genuinely interconnected European market for gas and electricity is still not in place. This workshop at the European Business Summit will deal with this situation, which was recognised by the Energy Council and EU Heads of State in early […] Original… » read more

Europe is accountable for a large part of the world’s CO2 emissions (More than 15% stem from the EU-27). Action has to be taken to counter global warming. Thus the EU plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by a fifth by 2020. In order to achieve this aim, the EU Commission proposed in January 2008… » read more

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