Internal Communication for Public Affairs: 10 Best Practices and Ideas

13 May, 2016

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An Update on Public Affairs in Russia

13 Jan, 2016

Our guide covers the basics of public affairs in Russia, as well as recent economic and political developments that could affect your function’s operations in the region — and how to respond accordingly.

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How to Grow Your International Public Affairs Function

13 Jan, 2016

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Public Affairs in China

09 Dec, 2015

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The Impact of Bihar Elections

12 Nov, 2015

The recent election in Bihar, India’s third-most-populous state, is being seen as a political loss for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), but it may well pave the way for a new core agenda promoting Indian economic growth.

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Corporate Communications Becomes More Valued in Asia

29 Sep, 2015

More Asian communications professionals report having a "seat at the table of their company's executive team," but a recent survey shows they still lag far behind their U.K.-based counterparts.

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Beijing Hopes to Boost Its Think Tanks’ Influence

29 May, 2015

According to a recent survey, Chinese think tanks are not yet highly regarded, but government backing aims to raise both their global profile and importance.

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12 Tips for Successful Internal Communication by Public Affairs Professionals

11 May, 2015

Stay close to business units: Although the public affairs function is often viewed as an entity unto itself, never forget that you are an integral part of strategic business operations. Being located in Brussels or Washington can easily make you ‘out of sight, out of mind’ if the business...

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Newcomers’ Guide to EU Lobbying — Online Resources

31 Mar, 2015

Here are a few links that will undoubtedly be useful in your EU lobbying journey: Centre for European Policy Studies (think tank) Comitology Register (for regulatory files) EU Whoiswho EUobserver (news) EurActiv (news) EUR-Lex (EU laws) European Commission at Work European Parliament — Committees European Parliament — Legislative Observatory...

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Newcomers’ Guide to EU Lobbying — Recent Developments in Lobbying

31 Mar, 2015

Lobbying has been around for several decades, but it has been transformed by a few key recent events: The adoption of the Treaty of Lisbon, which created several new powers for the EP, including the ability to influence trade negotiations or agriculture dossiers New member states joining the EU, with...

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Newcomers’ Guide to EU Lobbying — The Long Decision-Making Process

31 Mar, 2015

One of the most important things to know about EU-level decision-making is that, except for regulatory measures, it takes a long time to enact new policy. Policymaking can take two to four years (including preparatory time), so patience and persistence are key. The Commission holds the quasi-monopoly of initiating any new legislation....

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Newcomers’ Guide to EU Lobbying — The Primary Institutions

31 Mar, 2015

In order to influence EU policymaking, you must focus mainly on the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the EU. But there are many layers of these bodies, so it is crucial to understand their many moving pieces. European Commission The European Commission prepares and drafts every legislative...

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Newcomers’ Guide to EU Lobbying — 10 Tips

31 Mar, 2015

Be disciplined: While there are many obvious traits key to successful lobbying — creativity, courage, perseverance — discipline is often overlooked. Monitoring, writing a memo on a technical matter or sitting through long legal discussions can be taxing, but they are as much a part of the job as meetings with Members of...

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Newcomers’ Guide to EU Lobbying

31 Mar, 2015

Welcome to Brussels, Europe's political capital. This seven-part guide demystifies the players, processes and procedures in the European Union's governance structure and provides tips and resources on how to succeed within this unique governing framework.

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Public Affairs, Transparency and the EU: The Latest Trends

18 Feb, 2015

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EU Public Affairs by the Numbers

27 Jan, 2015

How many officials are working in the 28-nation EU today? And how many groups are clamoring for their attention? This new Council infographic provides useful facts and figures about EU membership, staffing and procedures, along with best practices for public affairs in the region.

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A Brief Guide to EU Decision-Making

30 Sep, 2014

One of the most important things to know about EU-level decision-making is that it takes a long time to enact new policy. Policymaking can take two to four years (including preparatory time), so patience, persistence and understanding are key. This members-only presentation simplifies major processes at play.

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Newcomers’ Guide to EU Lobbying — Subsidiary Institutions

22 Sep, 2014

There are several other EU governmental institutions that, while not as understood or known as the Commission, Parliament and Council, serve important functions in the public affairs process. European Court of Justice Once a law has been enacted, the European Court of Justice interprets it upon a claim from member states,...

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An Update on Public Affairs in Russia

20 May, 2014

Recent developments in Russia and Ukraine undoubtedly present some business and public affairs challenges for companies operating in the region. But Jason Jarrell suggests that patience and due diligence are important public affairs considerations to manage through the current situation.

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Social Media and Other Digital Tools in European Public Affairs

09 May, 2014

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European Webinars

20 Feb, 2014

    Member Fee Non-Member Fee  Webinar Fees   Free USD* Euro** $125 75€ *Please note that all fees will be charged in USD.**These values are approximate. Conversion is dependent on the daily exchange rate.   Upcoming webinars : Public Affairs Trends in Central and Eastern Europe15 Jan 2015 ...

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Senior-Level EU Public Affairs Roundtables

20 Feb, 2014

Join your public affairs peers at our executive roundtables to make crucial connections and share insights on the opportunities and challenges in today’s EU. Invitation policy: Roundtables are reserved for senior-level corporate and association public affairs professionals. Roundtables are free for members of the Public Affairs Council. Each roundtable...

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FCPA, U.K. Bribery Act and Beyond: Guidance for Global Public Affairs

06 Feb, 2014

With overseas corporate bribery scandals making headlines in recent years, anti-corruption and compliance issues have received renewed attention from the international business community. But transparent and compliant public affairs efforts can help companies avoid risk. This members-only resource provides basic information on the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the...

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Lobbying in Brussels: A Look at the EU’s Joint Transparency Register

29 Jan, 2014

As the 2014 EU elections approach and EU-U.S. trade negotiations heat up, enrollment in the Joint Transparency Register is a best practice for effective public affairs management. This members-only resource provides background on why it’s important to register.

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Campaign Finance in South America

16 Jan, 2014

Brazil and other young democracies in South America offer new opportunities for political involvement in the region. But when it comes to campaign finance, it’s crucial to know the rules before you act. This brief resource will help.

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European Data Privacy Reform

15 Jan, 2014

How could Europe’s newly proposed data privacy rules affect your business? This resource provides answers.

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What Lessons Can We Learn From Recent European Public Affairs Campaigns?

13 Nov, 2013

Public affairs efforts are challenging in any setting, and each region has its own unique hurdles. The Council’s András Baneth shares some “lessons learned” for making future EU public affairs campaigns more successful.

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Key Public Affairs Trends in Brussels

13 Nov, 2013

Regulatory and political issues are among the key trends to watch when building out your EU public affairs initiatives, says the Council’s András Baneth.

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Open for Business

23 Sep, 2013

There are a number of major indices that rank economic and business conditions in different nations around the globe — and the criteria they follow say a lot about the value of public affairs.

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What Is the State of Public Affairs in the EU? [VIDEO]

01 Jul, 2013

The EU public affairs landscape has changed dramatically over the past 15 years; and now, a strategic approach is even more crucial there than in other regions. Click above for insights on navigating the EU from Benno van der Laan, director at Interel Consulting.

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Lobbyists in Europe May Face Stricter Disclosure Rules

21 Jun, 2013

Lobbyists in Europe could face more stringent disclosure requirements if measures under consideration in the UK and Brussels are enacted this summer.

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Webinar Recording: Public Affairs in the EU

31 Jan, 2013

by Anita Kelly and Petra ZollnerPURCHASE The European Union is one of America’s greatest economic and political partners, and economic and political competitors. The EU is also seen by many as the gateway to the East, whose rise economically and politically is a global reality. Therefore, decisions made by...

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Webinar Recording: Public Affairs in Africa

31 Jan, 2013

  Over the next decade, African markets could represent the new wave of emerging economies. With annual economic growth rates rising, more stable governments and increasing urbanization in the region, the World Bank predicts that “Africa could be on the brink of an economic takeoff, much like China was...

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Hiring in Brussels

31 Jan, 2013

Executive search firms specialized and offering public affairs/ corporate communications recruitment services in Brussels, Belgium. Please click for document:  Hiring In Brussels

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Lobbying in the EU

29 Jan, 2013

Lobbying in the EU: An Overview click for documentby the Delegation of the European Commission to the U.S.A. Who to Lobby and When: Insitutional Determinants of Interest Group Strategies in European Parliament Committees click for documentby David Marshall (London School of Economics and Political Science, UK)  

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Links to Chambers of Commerce in the Middle East

03 Dec, 2012

AmCham Middle East North Africa Bahrain Iran Chamber Research & Info Center Jordan Jordan Investment Board Kuwait Lebanon Oman Pakistan Saudi Arabia Syria Ministry of Industry Qatar Yemen

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Peru: Resources

03 Dec, 2012

Links to relevant pages Peru Government Website (In Spanish Only, No English Version Available) http://www.peru.gob.pe/ U.S. Department of State http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/35762.htm Central Intelligence Agency https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/pe.html World Trade Organization http://www.wto.org/English/thewto_e/countries_e/peru_e.htm Links to groups specializing in Peruvean trade issues US Department of Commerce Guide to Doing Business in Peru http://www.buyusa.gov/peru/en/ Development Gateway...

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Mexico: Resources

03 Dec, 2012

Links to relevant pages Government of Mexico http://www.mexonline.com/mexagncy.htm Central Intelligence Agency https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/mx.html U.S. Department of State http://www.state.gov/p/wha/ci/mx/ Mexico NAFTA Resources http://www.mexonline.com/nafta.htm http://lanic.utexas.edu/la/Mexico/nafta/index.html U.S. Chamber of Commerce http://www.uschamber.com/international/western/default.htm World Trade Organization http://www.wto.org/english/thewto_e/countries_e/mexico_e.htm Visitor/Tourism Site http://www.visitmexico.com/wb2/ Links to group specializing in Mexico-related trade issues Council of the Americas, North American Business...

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Chile: Resources

03 Dec, 2012

Links to relevant pages Chile Government Website http://www.chileangovernment.cl/ About Chile http://www.chileangovernment.cl/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=42&Itemid=29 U.S. Department of State http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/1981.htm Central Intelligence Agency https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ci.html World Trade Organization http://www.wto.org/English/thewto_e/countries_e/chile_e.htm Links to groups specializing in Chilean trade issues American Chilean Chamber of Commerce http://www.amchamchile.cl/node/859 US Department of Commerce Guide to Doing Business in Chile http://www.buyusa.gov/chile/en/95.html...

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Brazil: Resources

03 Dec, 2012

Links to relevant pages  About Brazil http://www.brasil.gov.br/ingles/about_brazil/ US Department of State http://www.state.gov/p/wha/ci/br/ CIA https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/br.html World Trade Organization http://www.wto.org/English/thewto_e/countries_e/brazil_e.htm Links to groups specializing in Brazilian trade issues Brazil-US Business Council http://www.brazilcouncil.org/ Latin American Chambers of Commerce http://www.aaccla.org/ Brazil Trade Promotion Offices in the US http://www.brazilian-consulate.org/secom/index.php?idm=102 Brazil Economic Analysis http://www.latin-focus.com/latinfocus/countries/brazil/brazil.htm Brazil...

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Argentina: Resources

03 Dec, 2012

Links to relevant pages Argentina Government Website (In Spanish/No English Available) http://www.argentina.gov.ar/ About Argentina http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/country_profiles/1192478.stm US Department of State http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/26516.htm CIA https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ar.html World Trade Organization http://www.wto.org/English/thewto_e/countries_e/argentina_e.htm Links to groups specializing in Argentina-related trade issues US Department of Commerce Guide to Doing Business in Argentina http://www.comerciousa.org/Argentina/En/Content_Pages/doingbusiness.asp Development Gateway – Argentina...

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World Trade Organization

30 Nov, 2012

The World Trade Organization (WTO) was established in January of 1995 as the successor to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), a multilateral trade system that was originally set up in 1948 at the end of World War II. GATT held a series of rounds which lifted...

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World Bank

30 Nov, 2012

The mission of the World Bank is to fight poverty and to help people help themselves and their environment by providing resources, sharing knowledge, building capacity, and forging partnerships in the public and private sectors. The World Bank originally acted as a facilitator to post-war reconstruction and development and...

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United States Government Resources for International Trade and Business Support

30 Nov, 2012

This reference guide provides an “at-a-glance” catalog to U.S. government resources available to U.S. companies with overseas and exporting operations, as well as foreign importers of goods and services to the U.S. market. The guide is intended as a road map to help you navigate these numerous resources and...

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New Council International Benchmarking Report Highlights Training and Organizational Opportunities

30 Nov, 2012

Company managers who work abroad, and who are accountable for international public affairs, often have little or no training in the field, according to findings in the Council’s newly released 2010-2011 International Public Affairs Benchmarking Report. The report contains findings on the role of the country manager, the typical...

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International Monetary Fund

30 Nov, 2012

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an international organization of 186 member countries. Created in 1944 at a conference in Bretton Woods, NH, the IMF was established to promote international monetary cooperation, exchange rate stability, and orderly exchange arrangements; to foster economic growth and high levels of employment; and...

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International Member Consultancy Directory

30 Nov, 2012

Click here to download the Public Affairs Council’s International Member Consultancy Directory.  This unique, one-of-a-kind directory was developed as a member-exclusive service to better link corporate members seeking public affairs support from member consultancies in markets around the world. Organized by six main geographic regions – North America, Europe, Middle...

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Helpful Resource Organizations and Websites

29 Nov, 2012

If you need to conduct more in-depth research in a field of public affairs, follow these links to other public affairs organizations that can assist you. Know of any organizations or resources that should be included on this list? If so, please contact us. Academy of Political Science Promotes...

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Globalized Public Affairs

29 Nov, 2012

By Margery Kraus, President and CEO APCO Associates, Inc. The rapidly expanding, problem-pitted field of globalized public affairs offers practitioners a seemingly endless supply of challenges and opportunities. As corporate CEOs are demonstrating, in a global economy you must be smart, flexible, innovative and willing to learn. Here are...

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Global Public Affairs Associations

29 Nov, 2012

Region Organization Australia One association primarily aims to meet the specific needs of Australian and New Zealand PA/GR practiotioners Australian Centre for Corporate Public Affairs (ACCPA, http://www.accpa.com.au/) headquartered in Melbourne was established in 1990 and is Australia and New Zealand’s largest professional association serving PA/GR practitioners Canada Four organizations...

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