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    "Who do I call if I want to call Europe?"

    © Chappatte in The New York Times   “Who you gonna call?” sang the Ghostbusters, echoing Henry Kissinger’s famous quip on Europe. “What’s the number?” The EU thought it had answered his exasperated query in 2009 by choosing Cathy Ashton as High Rep to talk to his then successor as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. But maybe the question was apocryphal all along. “Keine Antwort unter dieser Nummer.” Even so, the EU – and US – have acted as if the gravelly old groaner’s question really ... Read More
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    "Preparing for the institutional changeover 2019 - is your organisation ready?"

    On 17 May Giles Keane, Partner at acumen public affairs, invites you to reflect on the coming institutional transformations with a session entitled: "Preparing for the institutional changeover 2019 - is your organisation ready?”. The presentation is the 4th EurActiv Yellow Academy session this year. See the full programme here.   The Yellow Academy is a series of 8 workshops on EU Lobbying and Communication with a strong focus on case studies. The key concept of these sessions is to focus on ... Read More
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    The Austrian Presidency could derail the EU's plans ahead of the 2019 changeover

      Austria takes over the EU presidency on July 1, and its six-month tenure is already making waves. Partly, this has to do with the fact that this will be the last full presidency before the EU change-over begins with the European Parliament elections between May 23 and 26 next year and a new Commission in the autumn. There are around 60 priority pending proposals in the Commission’s 2018 work programme to be settled by Council and Parliament but Vienna thereby has ... Read More
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    Is Europe ungovernable heading into the 2019 changeover?

    “Europe is back,” “the wind is back in Europe’s sails,” ... Read More
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    Acumen reinforces its healthcare offer with new Strategy Director

    Acumen, a leading public affairs company in Brussels, announced today that Thomas Bols is joining as Strategy Director. He will primarily focus on reinforcing Acumen’s already well-established healthcare practice, bringing specific expertise in assisting healthcare companies and associations with their strategic communications and public affairs projects.

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    “Journalism covers the EU well – for the elite”

    David Gow, Senior Advisor to acumen public affairs, recently moderated ... Read More
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    Season's greetings from acumen public affairs

     

    Everyone at acumen public affairs wishes you a wonderful holiday season!

    Abigail, Agnès, Alex, Alexandra, Elaine, Eva, Fabienne, George, Giles, Katarina, Maëlle, Maissane, Misachi, Nikos and Sophie

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    Droning on: can Europe really be a global leader in drone policy?

    Agnès Leroux -  Acumen Account Director and our resident expert ... Read More
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    Brexit: What happens now that Article 50 has been triggered?

    We all knew that it was coming, but that didn’t make it any easier to watch British Prime Minister Theresa May’s letter invoking Article 50 be delivered. The letter starts a two-year process through which the UK’s exit from the EU will take place. One thing is certain: the next two years will be quite eventful!

    We have broken the Brexit timeline down into five stages: the triggering of Article 50, preparations for the negotiations, the negotiations taking place, voting on the final deal (in the UK Parliament, European Parliament and European Council) and the UK’s eventual exit, with or without a transitional deal in place. Click on the picture below to access the timeline.