EUelects2014

30 October 2014
With the European Parliament vote now behind it, the new European Commission under President Jean-Claude Juncker will enter into office on November 1st to begin its 5 year mandate. This follows the elections of the new European Parliament in May and the appointment of Donald Tusk, the former Polish prime minister, as president of the EU Council on 30 August. It ends the lengthy process of leadership change-over in the three core decision making bodies of the EU. Real work can now commence.
2 October 2014
Jean-Claude Juncker’s election as President of the European Commission on 15 July 2014 has set in motion a process of events expected to culminate in the appointment of a new European Commission by 1 November. The appointments of Donald Tusk as President of the European Council (to take up office on 1 December) and Federica Mogherini as EU High Representative were the first step, enabling Juncker to formally present his Commission.
24 July 2014
Whichever way you look at it, the election of Jean-Claude Juncker by the European Parliament on 15 July marks the beginning of a new era of European Union history.
12 June 2014
Hill+Knowlton’s weekly European elections updates, seek to provide the most relevant and useful political intelligence in the lead up to the European Parliament elections and EU institutional changes happening throughout 2014.
4 June 2014
Hill+Knowlton’s weekly European elections updates, seek to provide the most relevant and useful political intelligence in the lead up to the European Parliament elections and EU institutional changes happening throughout 2014.
4 June 2014
Now that we know the results of the European Parliament (EP) elections and the reports on the political impact in various Member States have been digested, we can have a closer look at the consequences of the vote for EU legislative and policy decision making in the coming five years.
28 May 2014
Preliminary results have been released for the European Parliament elections. Below is an initial analysis of how the results currently stand. In spite of the media focus on large gains from Eurosceptic parties on both the right and left, there is still a clear majority of pro-European political groups in the European Parliament.
22 May 2014
For the first time since 1999 elections in Belgium will be held on the same day at three levels: federal, regional and European. Voters will elect 21 members to the European Parliament, but campaigning has focused on the domestic political situation and the question of whether the current coalition of Socialists, Liberals and Christian-Democrats under prime minister Di Rupo, could keep its majority or whether the new Flemish nationalist party N-VA would become unavoidable to form a new majority. Although there is a lot at stake, the European elections have somewhat been overshadowed by the federal elections.
15 May 2014
Hill+Knowlton’s weekly European elections updates, seek to provide the most relevant and useful political intelligence in the lead up to the European Parliament elections and EU institutional changes happening throughout 2014.
12 May 2014
We know that 2014 will be a year of great change for Europe: the European Parliament elections are fast approaching and so are the changes at the top of the European Commission, the President of the European Council as well as other key posts. At the same time, Europe’s health and healthcare systems are confronted by unprecedented challenges that require common European approaches, in particular an ageing population, the rising impact of chronic diseases as Europeans age, or the increasing burden represented by poor mental health on Europe’s economy as well on the budgets of health ministers.
6 May 2014
Popular prejudice claims that the EU Institutions in Brussels skip the summer months for long and carefree holidays. Nothing is further from the truth, especially this year, when after the European elections a new Parliament will be convened and a new college of Commissioners must be appointed. Meanwhile, the Council of ministers will pursue its activities without interruption, as will the Commission, in particular in its role of guardian of the Treaty, vigorously upholding competition law and ensuring that Member States implement EU law properly. In addition, negotiations with third countries on trade agreements are ongoing. Obviously, events in the world keep the EU staff alert and busy, regardless of the summer calendar. Consequently, the agenda of the EU players and observers remains densely filled for the months to come.
30 April 2014
Hill+Knowlton’s weekly European elections updates, seek to provide the most relevant and useful political intelligence in the lead up to the European Parliament elections and EU institutional changes happening throughout 2014.
29 April 2014
On 29 April, Hill+Knowlton Strategies Belgium hosted another successful debate as part of its EUelects 2014 series. Around 30 stakeholders from the financial services sector gathered at Hill+Knowlton’s offices to discuss the upcoming structural reform of the banking sector with Alain Deckers from the European Commission. Alain Deckers, who is leading the Commission’s work on the banking reform, elaborated on the Commission’s recent legislative proposal that is aimed at improving the resilience of the EU banking system. He presented the main features of the proposal including the proposed ban on proprietary trading and the potential split of retail and investment banking.
28 April 2014
2014 has been dubbed in some circles the year of Europe for Italy for two main reasons: on one hand, the European elections which take place in May will represent the first probing test of the solidity of the recently installed Renzi government; on the other hand, Italy will have the rotating presidency of the European Union as of July 1. Matteo Renzi, Beppe Grillo, Silvio Berlusconi are the three main leaders who will shape the election ahead of the 25 May vote. The most recent polls indicate a strong majority of voters supporting the Democratic Party (PD), with the Five Stars Movement (M5S) overtaking Forza Italia as the second party in the opinion polls.
25 April 2014
Hill+Knowlton’s weekly European elections updates, seek to provide the most relevant and useful political intelligence in the lead up to the European Parliament elections and EU institutional changes happening throughout 2014.
18 April 2014
Having become the first Member State to exit an EU-bailout programme, Ireland has been heralded by many as the poster-boy of European Union austerity and fiscal responsibility. Outsiders may expect this praise to translate to a feel-good factor among the electorate and a successful election for the incumbent government parties who have negotiated the stormy waters and EU imposed austerity policies.
15 April 2014
Hill+Knowlton’s weekly European elections updates, seek to provide the most relevant and useful political intelligence in the lead up to the European Parliament elections and EU institutional changes happening throughout 2014.
11 April 2014
Over the past five year legislative term, certain trends have emerged in the EU law-making process. This article looks at these trends in the broader political context, what impact they have on business and what the future holds.
4 April 2014
The fears of a Eurosceptic takeover in the next European Parliament really started flooding the media outlets and political debates when the leader of the French National Front (FN) Marine Le Pen, met with the leader of the Dutch Freedom Party (PVV) Geert Wilders in November 2013. They unveiled their plans to create a new political group in the next legislature: the European Alliance for Freedom.
24 March 2014
Energy, and its impact on the climate, will be one of the main topics on the policy agenda going into the May 2014 elections, although the debate will be framed by the response to the ongoing economic crisis in Europe.
Welcome to EUelects 2014
Towards the end of May, elections took place across the European Union to elect a new European Parliament. Later this year a new College of European Commissioners will be appointed.  Visit these pages regularly to stay abreast of Hill+Knowlton Strategies’ analysis both from a pan-EU and Member State perspective.

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