Germany have taken on the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union as of July 1st.
In particularly testing times for the European Union and globally, how will the presidency priorities and initiatives be shaped by the current crisis? And how can lobbyists adapt to the upcoming policy landscape and engage productively with the German presidency?
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Join this discussion to hear from experienced executives from the corporate, regional government and consultancy sectors, and gain insights into:
- The environment: What are the priorities of the new presidency likely to be, and what could that mean for public affairs professionals?
- The players: Who will be the main interlocutors in the new presidency? What will the political landscape look like? What role may the German Länder play?
- The approach: What issues, sectors and approaches might be more successful when engaging with the German presidency?
Dr. Claus Müller
Director of the Hanse-Office in Brussels and Head of the Department for European Affairs in the Senate Chancellery of Hamburg
Claus Müller represents the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg to the European Institutions in Brussels. He looks after Hamburg’s EU policy, liaising with the city’s Senate and Parliament as well as its companies, associations, academic institutions and other bodies with an interest in European affairs. He covers European politics, general and institutional developments of the EU and their repercussions for Hamburg.
Christina von Westernhagen
Director of Government Relations – Europe
Christina is responsible for Government Relations – Europe at Johnson Controls. In her role Christina monitors political developments at EU level and liaises with the European Institutions and select Trade Associations. She works in EU Government Relations for over 20 years and has represented industry of American parentage at company and trade association level in Brussels.
(based in Brussels)
Florian Lottmann leads Bernstein Group’s office in Brussels, providing expertise on policy and administrative mechanisms at the regional, national and European level. He advises international companies in the area of European regulation and accompanies infringement, competition and state aid proceedings.
(based in Berlin)
Timm Bopp has been advising companies, associations and public organisations on public and corporate affairs in the political and pre-political sphere for more than seven years — often at the intersection of EU- and national policy. Before joining Bernstein Group, Timm worked as a consultant at an international Public Affairs agency in Berlin and gained experience in politics working in the office of a Member of the German Federal Parliament and in marketing, working for an SME in the energy sector.
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