Posts for Government Relations

Engagement with the Eye on the Next Policy Cycle

Wednesday, 16th May 2018

A brief calm permeated the Eurobubble around the Easter break, which saw policy wonks spread to various exotic or less exotic locations for a brief (or not so brief) holiday. With the return of business as usual, we had the last flurry of activity, as the European Commission scrambled to publish its last outstanding legislative proposals so that the co-legislators can – hopefully - go through them before next year’s European Parliament elections. The 25th of April officially marked the publication of the last proposals making up the Digital Single Market, signaling the end of this Commission’s work on this priority. Read more...

GRPA Series: U.S. Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriations Process Off to a Late Start

Friday, 27th April 2018

The United States government runs on a fiscal year that begins on October 1 and ends September 30 of the following year. That means that even though we are just half way through the government’s FY2018, legislators are already begun appropriations work for FY2019. The appropriations process usually starts even sooner but was delayed due to Congress not passing a final FY2018 appropriations bill until the end of March. Read more...

Structuring Your Government Affairs Program

Monday, 16th April 2018

Many components comprise the framework of a government affairs program of an association. Ultimately, a strong formal structure will help ensure an organization is optimizing its resources as well as following association best practices. Here are the three essential areas you should focus on when structuring your government affairs program. Read more...

Interel CEO Fredrik Lofthagen Encourages Public Affairs Professionals to Adapt & Find Opportunity in the Unpredictable “New Europe”

Wednesday, 04th April 2018

Under the shadow of the iconic Acropolis in the city that gave birth to politics, Interel CEO Fredrik Lofthagen delivered a keynote address on the “the New Europe” at the IGP EMEA Summit in Athens, Greece, hosted by IGP Partner Rollerdeck Associates. In his remarks, Fredrik cautioned against three potential threats – the stall of eurozone reform, Brexit, populism on the rise - and what impact they may have on business. But in these risks lies opportunity for public affairs. In an EU fractured by political chasms and a yearning for innovation, public affairs professionals have the opportunity to advance their clients’ interests by navigating the eurozone maze and discerning insight from disruption. Read the full speech below...
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Italian General Elections 2018: Post-Election Scenarios

Wednesday, 07th March 2018

In the second installment of "Italian General Elections 2018 - The Vote: Analysis & Outcome," Luca Gargano, Italian IGP member and partner of FB & Associati, shares detailed insights into the post-election results and what we can expect in the weeks ahead. Overall, the process to shape a new government is still ongoing and will be subject to change over the next days/weeks in the attempt to find a majority. Read more...