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Key success factors for EU Affairs teams

Mark Dober, Senior Director of head-hunting firm Ellwood Atfield and Malte Lohan, President of SEAP, led a discussion on how corporates and associations can optimize their public affairs impact. Topics ranged from skillset to remuneration. The presentation can be accessed here.

The Lobbyist of the Future

On 19 January, the European Public Affairs Consultancies’ Association (EPACA), the Society of European Affairs Professionals(SEAP) and The European Centre for Public Affairs (the ECPA) hosted a joint event – The Lobbyist of the Future. With Lies Craeynest, Head of Private Sector (interim) at Oxfam, Renatte Georgescu, European External Affairs at Unilever and Vice-President at SEAP and Karen Massin, CEO…read more →

Survey on the importance of media for EU public affairs practitioners

The ECPA published today the results of its survey on the perceived importance of EU media in relation to intelligence gathering and influencing policy-making. The survey was carried out in November and December 2015 amongst senior public affairs professionals representing companies and trade associations. Highlights of this survey include: When asked which media outlets are very useful sources of information,…read more →

Master Class: Trust Relationship between Media and Public Affairs

Our Master Aiden White imparted his knowledge and skills as Director of the Ethical Journalism Network into the discussion held by corporate members, NGO’s, and Trade Organizations. The benefits of open communication and the rebuilding of trust through sharing and, more importantly, the validation of facts with parties involved. Interactions on the individual level are quintessential to the relationship between…read more →

Training: Storytelling

In this event we sought to use storytelling to refine and sharpen the trainee’s skills of advocacy to Public Affairs stakeholders. Speaker Christophe Lecureuil shared his expertise on the subject, and Simon Levitt of Harwood Levitt Consulting lead an interactive “Pub-Talk” activity in which participants simulated an informal setting in which to put the skills acquired to practice. Overall it…read more →

“Stakeholder engagement at international level: challenges for public affairs practitioners”

Our annual event in Geneva, Switzerland was keynoted this year by Professor Cedric Dupont of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.  The meeting discussed best practices in public affairs, as well as forward thinking into how international institutions can impact public affairs, public policy, and ethics.  The participants all noted the importance of measurement and success criteria.

The ECPA 2013 Annual Debate lead by Jonathan Faull and This Berman “The trust relationship between policy makers and public affairs practitioners: growing or declining?”

The need for trust and the building of transparency in public affairs of our member organizations was emphasized by both speakers. Our audience of members and guests brought to the debate varied experiences giving the debate a rich and broad perspective of the day to day challenges of participants. It was agreed that the efforts needed to be maintained and…read more →

Public Affairs Trilogue: Codes, Conflicts and Clarity

The ECPA, SEAP, and EPACA worked together on a joint initiative to consider the issues of transparency, ethical conduct, and conflict resolution. Altogether the three organizations used this also as a platform to provide their members to continue to share and learn from each other.

One Day Training Stakeholder Mapping and Messaging Identifying and capturing your perfect Public Affairs audience

We covered what it means to be a player in the EU and how best to prioritize and contact stakeholders in our member’s fields. We explored the power of messages, contacting the right person, the difference between Brussels and the rest of Europe, and others. Participants commented on the day giving ‘insight from each other on ways in which to…read more →

Unlikely Alliances: The Whys, Whens and Hows of Issue-Led Coalition Building

20th September – The ECPA Masterclass A Case Study based Masterclass led by Fritz Schroeder-Senker of Mars With Sir Graham Watson, MEP and President of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party Synopsis of Debate Whilst traditional Trade Associations continue to thrive and to play a pivotal role in the public affairs process, there is an increasing trend for issue-led coalitions to…read more →

Social Media for Public Affairs

One day ‘ECPA Skillset’ Training  Social Media for Public Affairs Practical course on best practice in public affairs social media, focused on EU institutional and other stakeholder communication

New Media, New Challenges: Access, Confidentiality and Transparency in Public Affairs

The ECPA Masterclass Series New Media, New Challenges: Access, Confidentiality and Transparency in Public Affairs Synopsis of themes The European Parliament, in common with other EU Institutions, is active across the range of new media communications vehicles, and has embraced social media as one of these tools.  Currently active on web and mobile based formats, it is a live participant…read more →

Intergovernmentalism: The Impact on Public Affairs in Brussels

The ECPA Annual Debate  Intergovernmentalism: The Impact on Public Affairs in Brussels Debate themes: Synopsis Is intergovernmentalism on the rise? And if so, should we be concerned and why? The notion of an increasing shift towards intergovernmentalism has risen up the agenda in recent months, and is without a doubt an issue of increasing concern in some quarters. One speaker,…read more →

Introduction to the EU Institutions

The ECPA Skillset Training : 09:30 – 17:00 hrs Introduction to the EU Institutions: practical and case study based course on best practice in public affairs: communicating with the Commission, Parliament and Council, strategic approaches and building coalitions.