Brussels Study Tour

20 Feb, 2019

Brussels Study Tour

16 & 17 May 2019
Brussels

The Brussels study tour is a unique opportunity for public affairs senior executives to have a first-hand immersive experience in the European Union’s public affairs, advocacy and lobby environment right before the May 2019 European Parliamentary elections.

Agenda

Day 1

9:00 Welcome and Intro

andras baneth

András Baneth
Managing Director, European Office
Public Affairs Council

9:30 Overview of key EU institutions & agencies

  • European Commission, European Parliament, Council of Ministers
  • EU agencies, advisory, financial and consultative EU institutions
  • How to lobby EU institutions: transparency, ethics and tips
joao-de-sousa

João Sousa
Manager, European Office
Public Affairs Council

andras baneth

András Baneth
Managing Director, European Office
Public Affairs Council

10:45 Coffee & networking break

11:00 EU public affairs in practice: salaries, agencies, elections and trends [panel discussion]

  • Discussion with senior EU public affairs professionals
  • Navigating the EU legal and administrative procedures, incl. “comitology”
  • Brussels recruitment trends
  • What works and what doesn’t in the EU context
andras baneth

András Baneth
Managing Director, European Office
Public Affairs Council

james-stevens

James Stevens
Partner
Rud Pedersen Public Affairs

mark-dober

Mark Dober
Managing Director, Brussels
Ellwood Atfield

12:30 Lunch at Poivre et Sel with guest speaker

nick-aiossa

Nicholas Aiossa
Interim Director
Transparency International EU Office

14:00 Guided visit to, and presentation of the European Parliament by a senior official / political advisor

  • How does the European Parliament work, and how to influence MEPs?
  • An insider’s perspective on context, trends and scenarios for the May 2019 elections
adam-mouchtar

Adam Mouchtar
Managing Director, EU40;
Special political, strategical and communication advisor to three Members of the European Parliament;
Director, EU Affairs Office Brussels,
The Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies

Hugo Cordova

Hugo Cordova
Policy advisor at the ITRE (Industry, Trade, Research) Committee Secretariat;
Coordinator of the European Parliament’s STOA (Science and Technology Advice) working group

16:30 How trade associations represent their members’ interests

  • AmchamEU’s award-winning European advocacy
stefano-marmo

Stefano Marmo
Associate Policy Manager
AmCham EU

17:30 Break

19:30 Dinner at Meet & Meat with guest speaker

Brussels Belgium 2017 Iverna Mc Gowan

Iverna McGowan
Co-founder, Zentrix Consulting
Former Head of EU Advocacy at
Amnesty International

21:30 End of day 1

Day 2

9:10 EP elections and their implication for European lobbying

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Doru Frantescu
Co-founder and CEO
VoteWatch Europe

10:15 Accessing EU funds: research funds and other opportunities for corporations

  • Forms of funding available for research, regional projects, staff training, relocation
  • Understanding EU project lifecycles, financing methods and timelines
ruth-estrada

Ruth Estrada
Partner
Schuman Associates

11:30 Visit to the European Commission – Cabinet of Vice President Šefčovič

  • The European Commission’s importance in shaping technical files
  • How discussions with industry and other stakeholders are channeled into policy-making
  • If time allows, participants could attend the EC Midday press briefing (around 12:00)
Adalbert-Jahnz

Adalbert Jahnz
Member of Cabinet of Vice-President M. Šefčovič
European Commission

12:45 Lunch with a senior PA executive

  • Challenges & opportunities of interest representation in Brussels
  • The importance of alliances and coalition building
  • The EU and international businesses — partners or adversaries?
Aaron-McLoughlin

Aaron McLoughlin
Executive Director,
Public Affairs, Sustainability,
European Chemical Industry Council – Cefic

14:30 Final Q&A session and conclusions

15:30 Reception at PAC’s European office and end of the study tour

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