Ani Gundes

Steaking a claim on meat and dairy brands

If imitation is the greatest form of flattery, then the world’s livestock industries should be immensely proud that the fledging plant-based meat makers are attempting to liken their products to animal-based protein. Instead, it’s steak knives at dawn as livestock industries campaign to prevent what they claim are deliberate attempts to deceive consumers into eating …

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What War in Ukraine means for Global Trade – UK, US and EU Perspectives

FTI Consulting’s International Trade experts from the UK, US and EU share their analysis of the implications of the conflict for international trade relationships and the business community. Whilst it is of no surprise that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine currently dominates global news cycles, no recent conflict has ever impacted the global financial and business …

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The Electricity Market Design in a Period of High Energy Prices

Europe is experiencing very high energy prices, due to the global economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the conflict in Ukraine. These high energy prices have widespread consequences for a variety of markets, including the gas and electricity markets. Throughout Europe, both of these markets are experiencing record high prices and instability, …

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From spotlight to limelight – where are you? European Real Estate: Preparing for systemic change

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, with politicians focusing on managing its impact and facilitating an economic recovery, an emerging European policy framework is set to have a dramatic impact on how the real estate sector operates. With the climate crisis driving public concern, how we build, invest and manage all aspects of the …

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The Decade of Disputes & the impact of litigation funding

As the “decade of disputes” continues, research by FTI Consulting has found that third-party litigation funding will support the rise of high-profile claims. 2020 marked the beginning of a decade of corporate disputes, according to FTI Consulting’s survey of over 2,000 business leaders. Now, with the global litigation funding investment market expected to reach $13 Billion …

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More than just a traffic-light – A complex future for food labelling

Whether it’s the alphabet, a traffic light or even a battery, European consumers will have come across one of a myriad of food scoring systems across the EU in past years. As the European Commission moves to harmonize systems across the EU the conversation has become even more complex. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated a …

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Sustainable Aviation: Are the US and EU an Ocean Apart?

Leaders in Washington D.C., Brussels, and national capitals across Europe, are seeking to tie the economic recovery of air travel in a post-COVID world to more sustainable air travel and a greener, more resilient growth strategy. In Europe, the European Green Deal, introduced by the European Commission, has set a new standard for environmental and …

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Energy Transition | European Battery Manufacturing: Charging Ahead

Europe is responsible for around 3% of the world’s lithium-ion battery production, and was a net importer in 2020. However, FTI Consulting estimates Europe is poised to increase its output tenfold over the next five years, and will have a surplus by 2023. We share perspectives on how this potential overcapacity, and other risks, could …

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Building back healthier – a discussion on the future of Europe’s health systems

On 13 November, FTI Consulting Brussels, in collaboration with EU40, the network of young MEPs, organised a webinar on “How to create fit for future health systems in Europe?”. This discussion with policy-makers and healthcare stakeholders looked at how the EU is preparing for future cross-border threats with the goal of attaining resilient and sustainable …

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Building Back Better? Real Estate in the wake of Covid-19 and the European Green Deal

It has long been known that a significant majority of Europe’s buildings are not fit for purpose in a world of accelerating climate change. Accounting for approximately 40% of the European Union’s total energy consumption and for 36% of its CO2 emissions, the sector has been slow to respond, but is going to be at …

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Sustainable textiles in times of COVID – laying bare the need for change

On 15th October, FTI Consulting organised a webinar on sustainable textiles to address the need for change in a sector that has been hard hit by COVID. The webinar featured representatives from the EU institutions, including MEP Lara Wolters (S&D, Legal Affairs Committee) and Madelaine Tuininga, Head of Unit Multilateral Trade and Sustainable Development Policy …

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New Chemical Strategy to set the European Agenda – now is the time to get involved

Tomorrow the European Commission will publish a Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (CSS). While this document from October 14 is non-legally binding, it will lead to a host of new legislative proposals which will reverberate across European industry in the coming months. With the ambitious overall aim of achieving a ’toxic-free environment’, it will seek to …

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Doubling Down on Digital: EU Sets Course for Digital Finance and Payments

The European Commission has proposed a comprehensive new digital finance and retail payments strategy. This is a blueprint for the future of digital finance in the EU, and an unprecedented expansion of financial services regulation over technology. FTI Consulting Brussels explains how it could affect Europe’s global role in digital finance. Please download the full …

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Out of Crisis, a Way Forward: What is the Impact of COVID-19 on Europe’s Digital Priorities?

Since the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the continent, European industries have been left with a multitude of unprecedented challenges to tackle and address. It has created steep and immediate changes in consumer behaviour and business practices – pushing firms to digitalise to survive. In its efforts to weather the crisis and build a more resilient, …

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Trade’s Turbulent Summer– Key Changes to EU’s Trade Team

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen has appointed Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrowskis as Commissioner-designate for Trade – one of the most powerful portfolios within the institution. FTI Consulting’s trade team – led by Senior Advisor John Clancy – argues that this shows Europe strengthening its trade mandate – especially in the eyes …

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The EU Prepares to Get Tough Over Corporate Governance

The session of the European Parliament’s Justice Committee earlier this week left no doubt: The EU is working towards a fundamental change in corporate culture in a number of different ways.  Two initiatives were on the agenda, generating a lively debate from the MEPs who were present. Their respective impacts could have a significant impact …

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2020 and Beyond: The Changing Dynamics of Public Affairs in EMEA

Prior to the pandemic, political environments were already becoming increasingly charged. The crisis has pushed public affairs further into the boardroom and to the heart of businesses. The dynamics of the profession are changing too as it strives to reach broadening stakeholder networks. The following are some insights from our public affairs leadership across EMEA …

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Now is the Time for Companies to Strengthen their Approach to ESG and Sustainability

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria have become a focal point for companies, especially as COVID-19 highlights the importance of overlooked social factors. Fortunately, there are steps organizations can take to enhance ESG and sustainability performance while demonstrating how they put their values to work. Learn more from Mark McCall, our global segment leader in …

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Introducing ESG Compass

The Covid-19 crisis has highlighted a shift in the way that ESG and Sustainability is understood and put into practice by companies. If environmental, social and governance concerns were in the past often interpreted as three separate, marginal issues, they are now clearly both more inter-connected and central to business performance. FTI Consulting’s2020 Resilience Barometer™ …

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Human Rights Due Diligence and Sustainable Supply Chains

The European Union is expected to shortly roll out new legal obligations which could include civil liability for human rights abuses and environmental harm in supply chains. This has important implications for European businesses working in a globalised economy across almost every industry; from fashion brands sourcing from textile factories in South Asia, major technology …

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Climate Emergency: Europe is Prepared to Fight for Change, But is it Ready to Adapt?

While the world confronts the impact of the Covid-19 crisis, the climate emergency hasn’t gone away. Its consequences remain a firm fixture in global media headlines, from killer heat waves and floods to melting permafrost, often resulting in loss of life and property as well as disruptions to economic activity. Europe is at the forefront …

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How Businesses Can Help the G20 Step Up its Game

Since the COVID-19 crisis began, critics have accused the G20 of being missing in action. Established in 1999 at finance minister and central governor level, the G20’s original objective was to foster high-level discussion on financial stability among 19 developed and developing countries and the European Union. Together, the members of this exclusive club generate …

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Is Europe Ready to Harness the Power of Apps in the Fight Against COVID-19?

Both the general and specialist media have been awash with coverage of the use of contact tracing apps to fight COVID-19. In this snapshot we set out the key questions around whether apps should be among the tools used to bring Europe out of lockdown. We provide an overview of the current EU position on …

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A Test of Resilience: COVID-19 and the Business of Europe’s Green Deal

The impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic is clearly enormous in health, social and economic terms. It has also had an immediate environmental impact which may play out over the longer term, with a number of political repercussions. How resilient is the European Union’s Green Deal proving to be? What are the implications for business, …

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From Viral to Virtual: Steps to Create a Culture of Collaboration in Virtual Teams During a Time of Crisis

The novel Coronavirus has dealt business a hand of cards it needs to learn to play with, and fast. Across the world, organizations are being forced to reorganize the way they work and collaborate within a matter of days, if not hours. The million-dollar question on everyone’s mind is: “How do we ensure business continuity …

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A Modern Malthusian Check: Managing Unpredictable Uncertainties

Disease and pestilence remain a threat to the modern age. In a globalised media landscape, levels of fear can escalate to unpredictable levels in such a short period that they are more likely to have a disproportionate impact on every business model. The CoronaVirus outbreak is a case in point. However, companies remain largely unprepared …

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Brexit and the European Parliament- What To Expect

With the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union (EU), 73 British MEPs have now departed the European Parliament. Some of these seats are being redistributed, while others will remain unfilled. How could this affect the equilibrium between the political groups in the European Parliament? How could policymaking in priority areas for the …

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Connected Cars: Data Processors in Motion

With vast amounts of (often sensitive) information constantly processed by increasingly more advanced models, connected cars and data handling are firmly on the radar of EU legislators. While GDPR already provides the foundation for the sharing of personal data, new provisions related to connected cars are likely to provide additional guidance for this rapidly-evolving sector. …

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Digital Services Act: Europe Seeks to Determine Global Platform Rules

2020 will be a year of hitherto unprecedented upheaval for tech companies and web platforms, and time to have a say on what content regulation will look like is running out fast. In the second half of 2020, the European Commission will overhaul rules governing Internet service providers including search, cloud services and social media …

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E-Scooters: European Regulators Try to Address Insurance Uncertainty

Electric scooters have quickly become an urban mobility phenomenon on Europe’s streets. As a recent convert (as long as the weather in Belgium allows), I can see the real benefits: getting started easily by unlocking a scooter with a smartphone, they are not expensive, and they are available in more than 100 cities. Their popularity …

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The Boeing-Airbus Dispute– European Business in the Firing Line

The Boeing-Airbus dispute is one of the longest sagas in international trade. Dating back to 2004, it is only now reaching its conclusion after years of claims and counterclaims. In the first of the cases (US v EU), the US Government has been recently authorized by the WTO to slap $7.5bn worth of tariffs on …

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Financial Services Ones to Watch: Trends on the EU Agenda

No business as usual as the EU sets out to make financial services legislation green, digital and global The financial services sector is at the heart of some of the key themes the European Union will be focusing its attention on in the upcoming five years; sustainability, digitalisation and its relationships with third countries – …

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Europe’s Circular Economy: A green light for the next chapter?

The European Union’s focus on the Circular Economy is stepping up a gear, matching the political rhetoric and the continued electoral success of the continent’s Green parties. At the same time, the regulatory and legislative focus is also set to expand to encircle new sectors and new areas of the economy. This will present a …

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Healthcare Ones to Watch: Trends on the EU Agenda

Incoming European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, a former doctor, has made legislation on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and a ‘European plan to fight cancer’ two of her immediate political priorities, signalling a renewed focus on the healthcare industry in the coming term. Against a backdrop of constrained healthcare budgets, with countries increasingly working together …

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Energy, Transport and Industrials Ones to Watch: Trends on the EU Agenda

Energy, transport and industrials covers a very broad range of debates that are all interconnected, some more, some to a lesser extent. The next five years will see the implementation of some of the flagship policies from the last Commission – think plastics and car standards – as well as new big projects: open data …

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Equivalence in EU Financial Services Legislation – Providing Genuine Value or Adding Confusion?

Equivalence in financial services legislation used to be a topic which did not provoke a lot of excitement. More recently, more questions have been raised than answers – and rightfully so. Global media outlets have followed the recent equivalence discussion with Switzerland in countless articles and the Financial Times, Bloomberg and Reuters have pointed to …

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A Week in Strasbourg is a Long Time in European Politics: How Ursula von der Leyen Was Elected

With only nine votes to spare, Ursula von der Leyen was elected President of the European Commission by a razor-thin margin. In the two weeks between her nomination and the crucial vote in the European Parliament, tensions ran high and the certainty of her electoral victory was not yet solidified. Nothing, however, compared to the …

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The US Hedge on AI Regulation

Hearing global calls for regulation, the U.S. has instead pushed full speed ahead in advocating artificial intelligence innovation. While Ursula von der Leyen, the incoming European Commission president, has promised legislation for a “coordinated European approach on the human and ethical implications of artificial intelligence”, the U.S. continues to put market-focused growth and development over-regulation. …

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The Rise of the Dark Horse: Ursula von der Leyen

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen emerged last week as the surprise choice of EU leaders for the next European Commission President. Von der Leyen, who is deemed a life-long high achiever, is now facing an uphill battle to receive the support of the European Parliament. But who is von der Leyen? With many …

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The Netherlands: Europe’s most attractive life sciences hotspot, or the next big troublemaker?

The Netherlands certainly has a lot going for it when it comes to attracting the world’s leading biopharmaceutical companies: World-class research institutes, a well-respected healthcare system and not least of all the new home of the European Medicines Agency. FTI Consulting and IvCB explore whether there is another side to the story. Please download the …

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Introducing Spitzenkandidat: Frans Timmermans

June 2019: A gifted communicator, experienced politician and Spitzenkandidat for the S&D group in the European Parliament, Frans Timmermans is the hope of the socialist and Democrats for the European Commission presidency. For the past five years, he has been the First Vice-President of the European Commission, tasked with some of the most complicated and …

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Introducing the non-Spitzenkandidat: Michel Barnier

You’ve heard of Brexit. You may have also heard of Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator. Perhaps less apparent is the possibility that he could replace Jean-Claude Juncker and become the next Commission President. Although he isn’t a formal candidate, he has spent the last three years touring European capitals and has become perhaps …

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Introducing Spitzenkandidat: Margrethe Vestager

Europe has now voted and Brussels will be getting on with the business of appointing a replacement for Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission. One of the most prominent and successful Commissioners in the Juncker term has been the plucky Dane in charge of Europe’s competition agenda. Having shown aptitude and resilience on …

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End of the Status Quo: Europe Enters A More Fragmented Future

2019 EU Parliamentary Elections Country by Country Analysis Within this report FTI Consulting Brussels provides an overview of the EU parliamentary elections held from 23rd May through to 26th May 2019, with a country by country analysis of all 28 Member States. All facts and figures are correct at time of publication with some results …

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Initial Overview of EU Parliamentary Election Results

What kind of results define this EU parliamentary election? Pro Europeans across the board will be happy at least that more voters turned out than the previous election in 2014, bucking a downward trend that has been in effect since 1979. However, voting in some Member States remains worryingly low. The two largest traditional parties …

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Top Five Things To Look Out For Ahead Of The EU Elections 2019

All hail the kingmakers ahead of the EU parliamentary elections which start this Thursday (23rd) and conclude on Sunday (26th): On the assumption that the two traditional centre right and left political groupings fail to secure an overall majority, all eyes are on the liberals. Either this election crushes them, or we witness a renaissance. …

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Artificial Intelligence: Success Dependent on More Creative and Innovative Collaboration

Governments and companies around the world are investing heavily in Artificial Intelligence (AI), recognising its disruptive potential for businesses and the economy. Although this phenomenon is often considered an ‘arms race’ or a competition between nation-states to dominate the industry, this paradigm tends to overlook the value of collaboration. FTI Consulting’s AI Task Force looks …

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What’s Lost in Translation? Merkel and Macron’s Estrangement Ahead of the EU Elections

How frustrated are the French over Chancellor Angela Merkel’s reluctance to back Emmanuel Macron’s progressive EU reforms? What will happen if France refuses to support the candidacy of the conservatives’ frontrunner Manfred Weber for EU Commission president? Listen to FTI experts Alexandre Houssard from Paris and Martin Kothé from Berlin explain the twists and turns …

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EU Elections – A View From Denmark

May 2019: Geelmuyden Kiese (GK) is part of FTI Consulting’s affiliate network and is Scandinavia’s largest communications agency. GK helps its customers manage change, communicate business plans, digital marketing, design, advertising, public affairs and public relations – telling their clients stories efficiently, both internally and externally. Below the team provides an update ahead of the …

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A View From The Netherlands

IvCB Public Affairs & Stakeholdermanagement is based in the Netherlands and is a Gold Affiliate partner within FTI Consulting’s international affiliate network. IvCB specialises in public affairs, stakeholder management, strategic communications and public strategy. They help their clients that contribute to society and have a good story to engage in constructive dialogues with politicians, society …

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A View From Denmark

Geelmuyden Kiese (GK) is part of FTI Consulting’s affiliate network and is Scandinavia’s largest communications agency. GK helps its customers manage change, communicate business plans, digital marketing, design, advertising, public affairs and public relations – telling their clients stories efficiently, both internally and externally. Below the team provides an update ahead of the forthcoming national …

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A View From: Czechia

News from FTI Consulting’s European affiliate network May 2019: CEC Government Relations is part of FTI Consulting’s affiliate network and is the leading independent public affairs agency in Central Europe. They offer professional public affairs and strategic communications services to multinational clients across a full range of policy areas, including but not limited to Internal …

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European Elections 2019 Preparing Business For A Year Of Change

2019 is going to be a year of major change for Europe with a new Commission appointed in November, but the biggest game changer is likely to be the European Parliament elections in May. The replacement of a significant number of MEPs could see the very real possibility of nationalist and populist parties holding the …

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EU Elections – A View from France

The coming European elections will have a peculiar flavour in France as they will be the first electoral test since Emmanuel Macron’s election in May 2017. Within this context, political parties have launched their campaigns, revealed their strategies and unveiled their candidates this month. The team at FTI Consulting reviews the election landscape. Please download …

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Paying your fair share: How reputation is driving Europe’s tax debate

Gone are the days when tax was seen as a rather dry and technical process. It’s now driving news headlines and not good ones. Leaks and scandals are increasingly tarnishing and threatening the reputation of many global brands, multinational businesses and even countries. Austerity has emboldened policy makers to take action. It’s a vote winner. …

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What new policies could arise from Europe’s new ethics guidelines for Artificial Intelligence?

Earlier this week the EU published its new ethics guidelines for trustworthy artificial intelligence (AI), ten months after the European Commission created its high-level expert group to look into the issue. In this snapshot Victoria de Posson at FTI Consulting Brussels looks at what future EU policy initiatives might arise as a consequence. Please download …

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Discover our regional analysis for the EU2019 elections

Potential Scenarios The Good: Improvement Europeans move forward from Brexit with an increased positive sentiment toward the Union leading to a wider representation of pro-European parties in the European Parliament Anti-establishment parties fail to deliver on expectations. Stability in the European Parliament with traditional pro European political groups reenergized The Bad: Paralysis A more splintered …

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Brexit Update

The FTI Consulting team in London report on the UK Government’s intention to bring forward a second parliamentary vote (known as ‘MV2’ in Whitehall circles) on Tuesday 12 March, which asks the House of Commons to approve the latest Brexit deal. Whilst this has been confirmed by the Leader of the House, it is likely …

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The Good, the Bad and Sustainable Finance

In 2018 sustainable finance was one of the big buzzwords coming out of Brussels in terms of new European policy. The EU’s Sustainable Finance Package published last May was a global first, providing a major legislative initiative linking the sector to climate change, a consequence of the G20’s Financial Stability Board commitment to re-orientate capital …

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The State of the Union Speech – A Time for Action

On 12 September Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker presented his last State of the Union speech to the European Parliament. Juncker made clear that a lot of work still lies ahead for the Commission and he presented a large number of initiatives which the Commission still has to tackle. In this snapshot we outline the main …

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