TOP 20 PUBLIC AFFAIRS FIRMS IN EUROPE

  1. Fleishman-Hillard, Head Office: Belgium, 28 Lobbyists, Clients: HSBC, S&P Global, Danske Bank, Barclays, Apple, General Electric, Nike, Audi, Bayer, EDF.
  2. FTI Consulting, Head Office: USA, 48 Lobbyists, Clients: Bosch, Siemens, Xerox, Amazon, Merck Group, Bayer, Halliburton, Heineken, Red Bull, Netflix.
  3. Burson-Marsteller, Head Office: Belgium, 28 Lobbyists, Clients: Spotify, Microsoft, MSD Europe Inc., ExxonMobil, Petroleum & Chemical BVBA, 3M.

13 EVOLVING TRENDS

  1. Ageing population: Ageing populations in developed and developing countries driven by declining fertility and decrease of middle-and old-age mortality.
  2. Changing landscape of international governance: Changing landscape of global or regional institutions (e.g. UN, IMF, NATO, WTO etc.) agreements or networks.
  3. Changing climate: Change of climate, which is attributed directly or indirectly to human activity, that alters the composition of the global atmosphere, in addition to natural climate variability.

30 GLOBAL RISKS

Source : WEF

Definition

A global risk is defined as an uncertain event or condition that, if it occurs can cause a significant negative impact for several countries or industries within the next 10 years.

Economic

BUSINESS DIPLOMACY IN AN UNCERTAIN WORLD

Source: Business Diplomacy Oct. 2014 Clingendael, Author Shaun Riordan

Original text has been edited

THE SUPPORT GROUP OF UKRAINE (SGUA)

The Support Group for Ukraine (SGUA) was established by decision of the President of the European Commission in April 2014. The European Commission supports political and economic reforms necessary to consolidate a democratic, independent, united and prosperous Ukraine.

SGUA was created as a Task Force to support Ukraine in the implementation of the Association Agreement with the EU (including the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area), and of the Association Agenda which stems from it.

TOP U.S. COMPANIES AND GROUPS LOBBYING EXPENDITURES (2018)

Source: Opensecrets

ENERGY MIX IN EU COUNTRIES

Austria

  1. Oil: 36%
  2. Biofuels & Waste: 21%
  3. Natural Gas: 20%
  4. Hydro: 11%
  5. Coal: 10%
  6. Geothermal, solar, wind: 2%

Belgium

  1. Oil: 45%
  2. Natural Gas: 24%
  3. Nuclear: 17%
  4. Biofuels & Waste: 7%
  5. Coal: 6%
  6. Geothermal, solar, wind: 1%

Czech Republic

GUIDING QUESTIONS FOR CORPORATE CLIMATE GOVERNANCE

Today businesses need to engage in responsible, proactive lobbying for climate action that reduces emissions.

Companies can and must reduce emissions, but only public policy can elevate these efforts to the scale and pace of emissions reductions needed to mitigate climate change.  The political influence of climate-forward businesses with long histories of successful lobbying on other industry-specific issues can lend climate policies the credibility they need to achieve lasting impact.

FIGHTING CORRUPTION IN THE EU: A LONG WAY TO GO

Corruption is the abuse of power for private gain. Corruption takes many forms, such as bribery, trading in influence, abuse of functions, but can also hide behind nepotism, conflicts of interest, or revolving doors between the public and the private sectors. Its effects are serious and widespread. Corruption constitutes a threat to security, as an enabler for crime and terrorism. It acts as a drag on economic growth, by creating business uncertainty, slowing processes, and imposing additional costs.

EU WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTION DIRECTIVE

New law has been passed to establish EU-wide rules that will protect whistleblowers who report breaches of EU law.

The new law will establish safe channels for reporting both within an organisation and to public authorities. It will also protect whistleblowers against dismissal, demotion and other forms of retaliation and require national authorities to inform citizens and provide training for public authorities on how to deal with whistleblowers.

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