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March 2015
Public Affairs

64 posts
Measuring success in Public Affairs NEW
Steffen Moller 3 Years, 6 Months, 3 Days, 9 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
Know what happens to a marketer whose big programme does not result in a rise in sales? They’re in trouble. They may very well lose their job. What happens if a PA professional’s big programme still results in overwhelming loss in that ultimate o...
Das grosse Geld der Umweltlobby; Grüne Saubermänner und wohlbetuchte Zivilgesellschaft NEW
Robert Goebbels 3 Years, 6 Months, 2 Weeks, 12 Hours, 26 Minutes ago
Vor der Öffentlichkeit stellen sich die Grünen immer wieder als Weltmeister in Sachen Transparenz und als Vorkämpfer gegen die bösen Lobbies dar. Besonders Claude Turmes spielt sich gerne als unerbittlicher Gegner der Brüsseler Lobbyisten auf. W...
Erika Mann wird Facebook-Lobbyistin in Brüssel NEW
Netzpolitik 3 Years, 6 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 6 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
Facebook hat in Brüssel Erika Mann als neue Lobbyistin angeworben. Mann saß zwischen 1994-2009 für die SPD im Europaparlament und scheiterte bei der letzten Wahl am schlechten Ergebnis ihrer Partei. In letzter Zeit arbeitete sie für einen Lobbyve...
So it seems the book is real now NEW
LobbyPlanet 4 Years, 6 Months, 2 Weeks, 16 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
It took me longer than a pregnancy to write it (but then again, I guess pregnancies are handled as a full time occupation whereas writing this book was more of a “nighttime-who-needs-sleep-anyway” adventure), but iLobby.eu is now a “...
Writing a book about lobbying : what a bad idea! NEW
LobbyPlanet 4 Years, 6 Months, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 4 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
Me to client: “So are you OK with me mentioning you in my acknowledgments as you really helped me go to my limits in lobbying on your behalf”. Client: “Huh, well, I didn’t do much and you know, on this side of the Atlantic, we...
Faut-il parler de « révolution » de la communication de l’UE comme Viviane Reding ? NEW
Se former à la communication européenne 4 Years, 6 Months, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 14 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
En écho à l’article publié le 30 août par Euractiv.com « La Commission prévoit une “révolution” de la communication » faisant mention du plan d’action de Viviane Reding – la Commissaire en charge de la communication – faut-il vra...
Eurobarometer controversy NEW
Grahnlaw 4 Years, 7 Months, 1 Day, 3 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
The UK based anti-EU lobby group Open Europe managed, perhaps unintentionally, to stir up a debate at European level when they accused the European Commission of spinning the results of the Eurobarometer poll of public opinion in the European Union.
Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics NEW
Ein europäischer Bürger 4 Years, 7 Months, 1 Day, 12 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
Der jüngste Eurobarometer wird veroeffentlicht (PDF). Es misst die Veränderungen in der öffentlichen Meinung in der EU (plus ein paar Nicht-Mitgliedstaaten) über die letzten sechs Monate. Eurobarometer ist enien gute Weg, die Meinungen und Haltun...
A classic example of EU spin NEW
Open Europe blog 4 Years, 7 Months, 3 Days, 21 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
Here's an example of some good old EU spin for you:The European Commission today announced the results from the latest Eurobarometer poll - carried out in May during the height of the crisis - with a press release carrying the headline,"EU citizens f...
Europe: “Are you afraid of change?” NEW
www.ruearchimede.com, 4 Years, 7 Months, 5 Days, 14 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
Lucas Lobbying Links - Guy Fawkes' blog NEW
order-order.com, 4 Years, 7 Months, 5 Days, 19 Hours, 3 Minutes ago
FH European podcasts # 1: Thought Leadership NEW
Public Affairs 2.0 4 Years, 7 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 18 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
I’ve recorded our first podcast on Corporate Communications and Public Affairs in Europe. Why podcasting, I hear? We believe we know a fair few people at Fleishman and beyond who have plenty of interesting things to share but might not always have...
A good book worth reading: Alpha Dogs NEW
Jason O'Mahony 4 Years, 7 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 6 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
Another one for the political junkies, “Alpha Dogs” details the rise and fall of Sawyer-Miller, one of the first political consultancy firms, and a firm that played a major role in bringing down both Marcos and Pinochet. Full of little nu...
Lawyers and the Commission register of lobbyists NEW
Stanley Crossick 4 Years, 7 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 16 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
The European Commission launched in 2008 a voluntary register for lobbyists seeking to influence its policymaking.  Interest representation is a legitimate part of a democratic system. The register was established in a Commission effort to enhance p...
Best of the Euroblogs? NEW
The Honeyball Buzz 4 Years, 8 Months, 1 Week, 7 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
Last week, public affairs firm Waggener Edstrom published the findings of their ‘Brussels Blogger Study’. Having assessed the relevance and reach of thirty EU policy-related blogs, the firm produced a top ten of those they considered to b...
Manneken Pis wants you? Pillow talk on “Brussels”? NEW
Grahnlaw 4 Years, 8 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 19 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
Uncle Sam wants you, is one of the famous slogans worldwide. Everyone knows that Uncle Sam is the personification of the United States. If you try to invent something equally hard hitting for the other great union, the EU, perhaps a sense of creeping...
Vacancies: Specialists required to build bridges NEW
Mathew'sTagsmanian Devil 4 Years, 8 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 3 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
The lack of specialists in EU-oriented blogs is impeding the development of the European online public space. One of the observations in the recent Waggener-Edstrom survey of influential blogs that resonated with me was the lack of specialists in Eu...
Nomenklatura NEW
L'Europe en Blogs (ARTE) 4 Years, 8 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 11 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
Nomenklatura  Pataquès au sein de la junglo-blogo 2.0. Après les récents avis de décès des euro-blogueurs Julien Frisch et Charlemagne, la publication de The Influence Index, mené par Weggener Edstrom, u...
European blogging progresses NEW
Stanley Crossick 4 Years, 8 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 11 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
‘Political’ blogging in Europe lags considerably behind the activity in the US. But the positive trend is clear. Independent bloggers writing about EU policy are nipping at the heels of their big media rivals, according to a survey on the EU̵...
Euroblogs debating Euroblogosphere: Navel-gazing? Professionalism? NEW
Grahnlaw 4 Years, 8 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 15 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
With the help of the Twitter discussion under the hashtag #bbs10 (now seven plus pages), let us track the discussion in and about the Euroblogosphere following the Waggener Edstrom Brussels Blogger Study 2010. In addition to the blog entries, remembe...
We the Euroblogs NEW
Grahnlaw 4 Years, 8 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 18 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
What do they think about us? Introspection seems to be a favourite among extroverts. The Waggener Edstrom Brussels Blogger Study 2010 triggered talk among independent Eurobloggers – on Twitter (as well as on blogs).The catchword of Waggener Edstrom...
Classements des euro-blogs : l’euro-blogo-sphère comme écosystème NEW
Se former à la communication européenne 4 Years, 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 3 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
Au-delà de la cartographie de l’eurosphère proposée en novembre 2009 par Linkinfluence – première tentative de visualisation du web politique européen, de sa structure et de ses dynamiques – dont les principales conclusions étaient qu’u...
Doing the job: debating the top euroblogs? NEW
Bit more complicated... 4 Years, 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 3 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
Well, if the Waagener Edstrom list of the most influential euroblogs was designed to provoke debate, it certainly has done amongst the eurobloggers. Jon Worth, the fifth most influential according to the list, had to invite himself to the study̵...
Brussels Blogger Study 2010 just out: could do better, outside Brussels NEW
EuRoman 4 Years, 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 6 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
Here are some comments and strong opinions, on what speakers said at a study launch by consultancy Waagener Edstrom, well summarized here . And what it means for opinion leaders: Mr Buzek, please read on… Now, why would a Frenchman bother to bl...
I've an influence of 49.17 and I'm not afraid to use it! NEW
The European Citizen 4 Years, 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 9 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
According to the Waggener Edstrom report, I'm the 22nd most influential blogger (15th in the EU General section) with an influence of 49.17 (PDF via Jon Worth, the 5th most influential). It's flattering, in a way, but I'm not entirely sure what it's...
Under the influence? NEW
Open Europe blog 4 Years, 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 10 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
The public affairs firm Waggener Edstrom issued their first ever study of the influence of EU affairs blogs yesterday, ranking the Open Europe blog 7th overall.Here is the top ten:BBC | Gavin Hewitt’s EuropeFT Brussels BlogThe DiggerFistful of Euro...
That euroblogger influence survey (updated) NEW
Mathew'sTagsmanian Devil 4 Years, 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 13 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
Hmm, any survey which lists my blog as a Top 20 ‘influential’ blog (see Stuart’s post and interview with the authors, and Jon’s post) must be either very generous or not have more than 20 blogs to work with, given that I post...
Which Is The Most Influential EU Policy Blog? NEW
Stuart Langridge (Blogactiv) 4 Years, 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 8 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
A Brussels based consultancy, Waggener Edstrom, has released a report about the level of influence in the EU policy area by bloggers. It focuses on the Brussels based, English language EU blogosphere. Unsurprisingly, Blogactiv.eu and bloggingportal.
Wenn dich die Kommission duzt NEW
europaeum 4 Years, 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 10 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
Ich freue mich ja immer wie ein Schneekönig, wenn öffentliche Institutionen meine Bitten erhören, und wie hier näher mit Bürger/innen in den Dialog treten wollen. Besonders dann, wenn es nicht über ausgefallene Kommikationsstrategien, die von f...
En vanlig dag i kolesterolunionen NEW
Henrik-Alexandersson.se 4 Years, 10 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 18 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
I dagens mailskörd här i Europaparlamentet noterar jag speciellt inbjudan till en trerätters lunch med vin för att diskutera problemet med medborgerlig fetma.Härom veckan noterade vi att det pågick en champagnebjudning mot hemlöshet - vil...
A "European Code of conduct for lobbying"? NEW
Julien Frisch 4 Years, 11 Months, 3 Days, 23 Hours, 18 Minutes ago
Just stumbled upon this press release informing that the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) voted in favour of a recommendation to set up a European Code of Conduct for Lobbyists today. The PACE is only a consultative body of the...
We’re tickled pink by Julien’s fish and mash-ups NEW
Public Affairs 2.0 4 Years, 11 Months, 4 Days, 3 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
An interesting post over on Julien Frisch’s blog who shows yet again how online tools out there for free can help all of us seeking to understand and explain the EU’s legislative processes – whether to clients or just because we are...
“World’s Best Think Tanks NEW
Erkan's field diary 5 Years, 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 7 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
World’s Best Think Tanks (UPenn Rankings) by Reflection Cafe THE THINK TANKS AND CIVIL SOCIETIES PROGRAM James G. McGann, Ph.D. / Director University of Pennsylvania / January 25, 2010 THE TEA PARTY from Global Guerrillas by John Robb “It&#...
The tactics of the European plastics lobby NEW
Julien Frisch 5 Years, 2 Months, 1 Day, 2 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
According to German top blog Basic Thinking, the European plastics lobby has captured a domain name related to an upcoming documentary called Plastic Planet. The official German website of the film now is http://www.plastic-planet.de, but the Euro...
De Gucht on shaky ground on corporate lobbying NEW
EU lobbying - lifting the veil of secrecy 5 Years, 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 4 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
Caroline Lucas MEP (Greens, UK) challenged the Trade Commissioner designate Karel de Gucht on the issue of corporate influence over EU trade policy when he appeared before the European Parliament hearing yesterday (12 January 2010).Lucas was happy wi...
Ce qu’il faut retenir de l’année 2009 en communication européenne NEW
Se former à la communication européenne 5 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 5 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
Voici une petite rétrospective – à partir des billets publiés en 2009 – de ce qui aura marqué la communication européenne pendant l’année écoulée… Les tops 1. 2 prix en 2 ans pour la communication européenne anti-tabac  : Grand...
Trezirea la realitatea europeană NEW
Casa Europei Cluj-Napoca 5 Years, 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 18 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
În articolul din cartea “Dilemele comunicării UE”, semnat de Simona Popa, întâlnim elemente din dezbaterea “comunicare-democraţie”.Ideile acestui material vin atât ca şi completare la alte articole, cât şi pentru întregirea imaginii...
Barroso II: Questions to the new Commissioners NEW
Julien Frisch 5 Years, 3 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 15 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
When I blogged the list of new Commissioners designate, I said that we and MEPs now have to look at "who is not qualified for [the] portfolio, who has conflicts of interest and who has shown in the past that there should be doubts on whether s/he is...
Trüffelgate NEW
Martin Ehrenhauser (MEP) 5 Years, 3 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 10 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
Der bayrische EU-Kommissionsbeamte Fritz-Harald Wenig feiert einen Sieg. Im Frühjahr 2008 speiste er noch auf Einladung von zwei britischen Lobbyisten im Luxus-Trüffel-Restaurant La Truffe Noire. Deren chinesischer Klient wolle in seiner Heimat ein...
Potočnik as Environment Commissioner – industry in the drivers seat? NEW
EU lobbying - lifting the veil of secrecy 5 Years, 3 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 14 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
One of the remarkable aspects of Barroso’s decisions on the portfolios of the new Commission team is that all 13 current Commissioners that continue in Barroso-II will get a new portfolio. The logic behind these transfers is not always exactly clea...
Will Barroso-II have a transparency Commissioner? NEW
EU lobbying - lifting the veil of secrecy 5 Years, 3 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 16 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
Media reactions to Commission President Barroso’s decisions on the division of portfolios over the 26 candidate Commissioners have concentrated on who got key portfolios, like Michel Barnier getting the internal market job, which includes the polit...
Searching in vain for the EP's Chamber of Secrets (Intergroups Register) NEW
EU lobbying - lifting the veil of secrecy 5 Years, 3 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 10 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
In the last few weeks, CEO has tried in vain to access the European Parliament's Register of Intergroups. After numerous phone-calls and fruitless email correspondence, we raised the white flag and wrote a complaint letter to the Parliament's Quaesto...
Communication pour la parité au sein de l’UE : quels constats en matière de lobbying viral ? NEW
Se former à la communication européenne 5 Years, 3 Months, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 9 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
Au-delà du lobbying « grasstop » pratiqué par environ 3 000 groupes d’intérêts / 15 000 lobbyistes à Bruxelles qui mènent « toute activité qui vise à influer sur l’élaboration des politiques et les processus décisionnels des instit...
Champagne corks popping in Rue Belliard NEW
EU lobbying - lifting the veil of secrecy 5 Years, 3 Months, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 15 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
Commission President Barroso surprised many with his early announcement on Friday afternoon of the portfolios for the 13 new candidate Commissioners and the 13 current Commissioners who will continue in Barroso-2.Barroso gave Günther Oettinger (Germ...
Lobbying campaign by hedge funds not declared in Commission register NEW
EU lobbying - lifting the veil of secrecy 5 Years, 4 Months, 4 Days, 5 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
According to eFinancialCareers "it emerged yesterday that the Alternative Investment Management Association is paying Finsbury €1m to lobby against the EU’s Alternative Investment Fund Managers’ Directive."The Alternative Investment M...
Three surprising new entries on the register NEW
EU lobbying - lifting the veil of secrecy 5 Years, 5 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 19 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
The number of entries in the Commission’s voluntary lobby transparency register has now passed 2,000 (753 of which are Brussels-based). The Commission celebrated this as a big success, but in fact the rate of participation is still below 1/3 of Br...
MEP-Industry fora – vehicles for lobbying ? NEW
EU lobbying - lifting the veil of secrecy 5 Years, 6 Months, 5 Days, 10 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
Earlier this month, representatives from the automotive, financial services and digital economy industries were joined by MEPs and EU Commission president José Manuel Barroso at a “networking cocktail” to relaunch three “MEP-industry forums”...
Unnamed French EU lobbying firm accused of fraud and bribery NEW
EU lobbying - lifting the veil of secrecy 5 Years, 6 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
Flemish daily De Tijd, quoting anonymous sources in the Belgian Central Anti-Corruption Agency and the Belgian Federal Court, writes today that an unnamed French lobbying firm active in Brussels has sold confidential information on upcoming tenders f...
Lobbying through the media NEW
EU lobbying - lifting the veil of secrecy 5 Years, 6 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 59 Minutes ago
Industry lobbying to water down the proposed EU investment fund directive is intensifying week by week. Earlier this year Corporate Europe Observatory showed how the European Commission’s voluntary register in fact revealed very little about the tr...
News round-up: Lobbying NEW
Brussels Blog (Financial Times) 5 Years, 6 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 10 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
A year after the Commission’s voluntary register of lobbyists came into being, could the rules already be set to change? Siim Kallas tells European Voice he is considering it. EurActiv seems to think the issue won’t be high on the Swedes&...
On the voluntary lobby register NEW
Julien Frisch 5 Years, 7 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 13 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
I received a question regarding the Commission's voluntary lobby register in the comments to this post, and I would like to share it - and my answer - with you.unregistered advisor asked: "I'd be very interested to hear your unbiased opinion about th...
Brussels Sunshine: More effort needed for the Commission's lobby register NEW
Julien Frisch 5 Years, 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 2 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
From a freshly published article by Brussels Sunshine on the currently ongoing review of the Commission's lobby register:"[T]he Commission’s job is to make whatever changes necessary to ensure the transparency register fulfils its goals: securing v...
Why hedging your bets is not good in the EU... NEW
Champagne, roses and ruling the world 5 Years, 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 6 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
Interesting blog from Charlemagne over at the Economist. I've been banging on on this blog for a long time about the importance of EU engagement, EU lobbying and that there's no such thing as a policy of safe disinterest. Looks like the hedge funds a...
Hill & Knowlton: Using blogs as part of PR strategies to influence MEPs NEW
Julien Frisch 5 Years, 9 Months, 1 Day, 6 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
On EurActiv, Elaine Cruikshanks, the CEO of the PR agency Hill & Knowlton, talks about the loss of influence of the Tories in the new European Parliament and about the future strategies to influence the many new MEPs:"[T]he inauguration of the new Eu...
Only 24% of Brussels lobbies registered, but Commission claims success NEW
EU lobbying - lifting the veil of secrecy 5 Years, 9 Months, 1 Week, 7 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
On the first anniversary of the European Commission's lobby transparency register, less than one in four Brussels-based lobby groups and firms have signed up. At a press briefing yesterday, however, the Commission hailed the register as "a succe...
Adapt Public Affairs Training to the European Reality NEW
Challenge for Europe 5 Years, 10 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 19 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
We call for the integration of interculturality modules into European public affairs training. Interculturality is not an innate ability but in EU27, it is imperative. The future frameworks of both national and European institutions will need trainin...
EU lobbyists reluctant to register [Thomas ESTRUP] NEW
Think About It - EU Blog Competition 5 Years, 11 Months, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 20 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
As of March 31 2009, 1251 bodies have signed up for the voluntary register launched by the European Commission June last year for lobbyists seeking to influence its policymaking. 717 of those are professional associations and NGOs. 177 companies have...
Commission continues to grant privileged access to unregistered lobbyists NEW
EU lobbying - lifting the veil of secrecy 6 Years, 1 Week, 3 Days, 22 Hours, 1 Minute ago
While the Commission claims to be urging lobbyists to join its voluntary lobby register, the speakers list of a high-level conference on industrial competitiveness organised by the Commission’s Directorate for Enterprise and Industry suggests that...
Think tank says boycott of register is 'a matter of principle' NEW
EU lobbying - lifting the veil of secrecy 6 Years, 1 Week, 4 Days, 22 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
In an article on the European Commission's lobby register, Dirk Jan Hekking, Brussels correspondent of Het Financieele Dagblad, notes that law firms and think tanks continue to boycott the register. Among the major Brussels-based think tanks only the...