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Advocacy on the EU level: must-knows for Ukrainian companies

20/ 05/ 2024
  On May 17, the European Business Association, together with FTI Consulting, held a workshop dedicated to advocacy and lobbying within the European Union. Experienced FTI Consulting professionals gave an overview of the EU decision-making landscape and key institutions, particularly the European Commission, European Parliament, European Council, and Council of the European Union. Brussels is the heart of the EU advocacy and lobbying activities, where 15-20 thousand lobbyists operate as well as 150 professional services and law firms, 700 trade associations, and 30 chambers of commerce. About 40 thousand EU officials work in 5 major EU institutions, and 1000 accredited EU journalists work in Brussels. This year, a new 5-year political cycle is beginning in the EU. Key political agenda priorities for the 2024-2029 legislature include strategic autonomy, economic competitiveness, and industry policy, and key issue is ensuring complementarity between industrial and climate policy as the 2050 climate neutrality target remains indisputable. FTI Consulting experts explained the EU policy-making processes, its phases, and influencing opportunities. It is worth noting that it takes up to 30 months on average to produce a piece of legislation. Although things are speeding up now, there is a great difference between the EU and Ukraine’s policymaking in this regard. Workshop participants also got insights about the work of the key EU institutions, structures of these institutions, and key players, and were advised on ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ while communicating with decision-makers.   Speakers also shared more information about the work and purpose of the EU Transparency Register, a database of interest representatives engaging in activities to influence EU policy and decision-making. It includes a public website for registering EU activities, a code of conduct for interaction with EU institutions, and a complaints mechanism to investigate violations of the code. Established in 2011, the Register includes about 12,500 registrants from different countries. We were also able to discuss the key assumptions and recommendations for Ukrainian companies for lobbying in the EU as well as the main differences between the advocacy processes in Ukraine and the EU. More details are available in the FTI Consulting presentation, please contact Anton Basystyi [email protected] to get the workshop materials. We are grateful to our speakers from FTI Consulting – Kerstin Duhme, Senior Managing Director, Head of Brussels Energy & Industrials practice, Mateusz Stankiewicz-Szynka, Managing Director, Energy & Industrials, and Olga Bielkova, Senior Advisor, Energy & Industrials. 

On May 17, the European Business Association, together with FTI Consulting, held a workshop dedicated to advocacy and lobbying within the European Union.

Experienced FTI Consulting professionals gave an overview of the EU decision-making landscape and key institutions, particularly the European Commission, European Parliament, European Council, and Council of the European Union.

Brussels is the heart of the EU advocacy and lobbying activities, where 15-20 thousand lobbyists operate as well as 150 professional services and law firms, 700 trade associations, and 30 chambers of commerce. About 40 thousand EU officials work in 5 major EU institutions, and 1000 accredited EU journalists work in Brussels.

This year, a new 5-year political cycle is beginning in the EU. Key political agenda priorities for the 2024-2029 legislature include strategic autonomy, economic competitiveness, and industry policy, and key issue is ensuring complementarity between industrial and climate policy as the 2050 climate neutrality target remains indisputable.

FTI Consulting experts explained the EU policy-making processes, its phases, and influencing opportunities. It is worth noting that it takes up to 30 months on average to produce a piece of legislation. Although things are speeding up now, there is a great difference between the EU and Ukraine’s policymaking in this regard. Workshop participants also got insights about the work of the key EU institutions, structures of these institutions, and key players, and were advised on ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ while communicating with decision-makers.  

Speakers also shared more information about the work and purpose of the EU Transparency Register, a database of interest representatives engaging in activities to influence EU policy and decision-making. It includes a public website for registering EU activities, a code of conduct for interaction with EU institutions, and a complaints mechanism to investigate violations of the code. Established in 2011, the Register includes about 12,500 registrants from different countries.

We were also able to discuss the key assumptions and recommendations for Ukrainian companies for lobbying in the EU as well as the main differences between the advocacy processes in Ukraine and the EU. More details are available in the FTI Consulting presentation, please contact Anton Basystyi [email protected] to get the workshop materials.

We are grateful to our speakers from FTI Consulting – Kerstin Duhme, Senior Managing Director, Head of Brussels Energy & Industrials practice, Mateusz Stankiewicz-Szynka, Managing Director, Energy & Industrials, and Olga Bielkova, Senior Advisor, Energy & Industrials. 

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