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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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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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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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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Public Affairs in Europe

29 Nov, 2012

So you think Washington is tough? Try Brussels’ maze By Mark Dober Joint Managing Director, APCO Europe Effective public affairs anywhere in the world rests on getting the right information to the right people at the right time. The more international the assignment, the more complex these tasks become,...

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Poland: Resources

29 Nov, 2012

Links to relevant pages U.S. State Department http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/2875.htm CIA World Fact Book https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/pl.html United States Diplomatic Mission to Warsaw Poland http://poland.usembassy.gov/ Polish Embassy in Washington D.C. http://www.washington.polemb.net/ Polish News http://news.poland.com/ The Internet Guide to Poland http://www.poland.pl/ Polish Market Online http://www.polishmarket.com.pl/ Directory of Polish Exporters http://www.poland-export.com/#Scene_1 Doing Business in Poland...

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EU: Resources

29 Nov, 2012

Links to relevant pages The European Union http://europa.eu/index_en.htm European Commission http://europa.eu.int/comm/index_en.htm European Union in the United States http://www.eurunion.org/ U.S. Chamber of Commerce http://www.uschamber.com/international/europe/default.htm?n=tb WTO – European Communities http://www.wto.org/english/thewto_e/countries_e/european_communities_e.htm Links to groups specializing in European Union-related trade issues European-American Business Council http://www.eabc.org/ American Chamber of Commerce to the EU http://www.eucommittee.be/...

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EU Parliament Overview Page

29 Nov, 2012

The European Parliament is the directly elected parliamentary institution of the European Union (EU). As of spring 2008, the Parliament is composed of 785 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) although this number may change to 751 or 734 depending on ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon. For the...

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Russia: Resources

29 Nov, 2012

Links to relevant pages The Government of the Russian Federation State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation http://www.duma.gov.ru/ (note: in Russian) Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation http://www.council.gov.ru/eng/index.html Embassy of the Russian Federation in the US http://www.russianembassy.org/ U.S. Department of State http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1006.html http://state.gov/p/eur/ci/rs/...

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NATO

15 Nov, 2012

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) is an alliance between 28 North American and European Countries created to facilitate the North Atlantic Treaty. NATO is committed to safeguarding the freedom and security of its member countries by political and military means, with an increasing role in crisis management and...

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New Foundation Study Demystifies Government Affairs in the European Union

14 Dec, 2010

The Foundation for Public Affairs, the Council’s research arm, has released “Opening Doors in Brussels: Managing Government Relations in the EU,” a primer for public affairs executives on emerging institutions in the European Union. The brand-new study demonstrates how leading companies are conducting government relations with the EU government...

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