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EPACA Skills development programme
"Comparative look at various codes of conduct in member states"
31st of January 2017 at 12:30-14:00
EPACA invites you to a skills development workshop dedicated to a "Comparative look at various codes of conduct in member states" on Tuesday, 31st of January from 12.30 to 14.00.
The event will focus on the national codes of conduct of Austria, France, Ireland and the UK with panelists from the respective national Public Affairs Associations.
Our aim is to bring together key people from the member states, to explore the issues under consideration and stimulate a discussion about the future of transparency in the EU and on a national level. The discussion will be moderated by EPACA and we will be inviting our members to contribute to the conversation.
The format will be an informal debate, with plenty of opportunities to pose questions and for discussion.
PRESS CLUB BRUSSELS EUROPE
95, Rue Froissart - 1040 Bruxelles
A light sandwich lunch will be provided.
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Brussels, 20 January 2017 - Yesterday, 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, Policy Advisor, Oxfam, Renatte Georgescu, European External Affairs at Unilever and Vice-President at SEAP and Karen Massin, CEO Brussels at Burson-Marsteller and Board Member at EPACA, and a group of headhunters the debate centred on the future of lobbying in an evolving environment.
Opening the debate, the panellists outlined how the industry was changing, and that new skills would be required in order for lobbying to develop and evolve.
The discussion focused on ways in which the industry is responding. For example, the talent pool being drawn from is broadening and now includes not just those with a relevant academic background, but those with a more diverse skill set. Alongside this, lobbyists are also becoming increasingly aware of the broader environment in which their clients, members or employers operate, and can no-longer be bound to simply focusing on policy and legislative developments.
But there remains room for growth. Lobbyists would benefit from a greater awareness of the long-term implications, and actions aimed at improving transparency, particularly in the EU, will help boost public confidence.
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Brussels, 17 January 2017
The European Public Affairs Consultancies’ Association proudly invites young Public Affairs professionals to participate in the sixth John Houston EPACA Essay Contest.
Following the tradition of the contest, EPACA wishes to continue to promote the Public Affairs profession by recognizing original thought and writing talent. We encourage young Public Affairs professionals to help shape attitudes both within our profession and outside, by sharing your views and experiences in an essay competition.
Brussels, 15 November 2016 - EPACA responds to EurActiv’s question “Who is lobbying for lobbyists?”
EPACA responds to EurActiv’s question “Who is lobbying for lobbyists?”
Karl Isaksson represented EPACA at EurActiv’s workshop on “Who is lobbying lobbyists” to discuss the importance of the status of transparency in EU public affairs and the impact of a clear framework for policy-makers to develop balanced policies.
Brussels, 6 September 2016 - On 6 September, the European Public Affairs Consultancies' Association (EPACA) and Transparency International hosted a joint event – Transparency, Accountability and Integrity in the EU Institutions: The future of the Transparency Register. With panellists representing the European Commission, the European Ombudsman, and academia, the debate centred on the ongoing work to revise the EU Transparency Register.
Brussels, 28 September 2016 — The European Public Affairs Consultancies’ Association welcomes the Commission’s proposal for an interinstitutional agreement on a mandatory Transparency Register.
EPACA urges the three institutions to engage in constructive negotiations with the objective to create a robust and inclusive register that strengthens the transparency in EU’s decision-making.
Brussels, 6 June 2016 - Today, organisations representing a large cross-section of lobbyists called for strong reform of the EU’s lobby register. The joint letter, initiated by Transparency International EU and signed by EPACA, calls for mandatory rules for all lobbyists and demands greater transparency around who EU officials and politicians meet with.
“The fact that consultancies, in-house lobbyists, lawyers and the leading Transparency NGO share the same basic views on the future of the register is a great start, we very much look forward to the continued discussion with the EU institutions” said Karl Isaksson, EPACA’s Chairman.
Brussels, 30 May 2016 – Today, EPACA submitted its views on the Public Consultation on a proposal for a mandatory Transparency Register after consultations with the membership. We continue arguing for greater transparency and a level-playing field.
Brussels, 7 May 2016 - The Public Affairs Community of Europe (P.A.C.E.), which gathers lobbyists’ national associations in the EU and public affairs professionals, held its sixths EU annual meeting on May 6th - 7th in Bucharest, hosted by the Romanian Lobbying Registry Association.
EPACA board member, Kerstin Duhme and SEAPs Director General, Rui Faria da Cunha a presentation on updates and developments in the European Union.
Brussels, 2 May 2016 - EPACA Chairman Karl Isaksson attended as panelist the EU Lobbying Transparency Public Debate - HAVE YOUR SAY
Karl Isaksson was invited by First Vice-President of the European Commission, Mr Frans Timmermans, and MEP Sylvie Giullaume to speak at a public debate hosted on 2 May in the European Parliament.
The European Parliament and the European Commission are committed to being open about the interest groups and organisations with which they interact and have set up the joint Transparency Register to help make the EU decision-making process more transparent and allow for public scrutiny. The European Commission is presently running a public consultation to prepare a proposal for an Interinstitutional Agreement on a mandatory Transparency Register.
In order to prepare our negotiations on a future system, we have decided to hold a public debate in order to hear the views of all interested parties on the performance of the current Transparency Register and the possible evolution towards a mandatory scheme, covering also the Council. The aim is to have an interactive event with participants representing a wide range of stakeholders, including from Member States. This will hopefully enable all present to engage in a debate resulting in useful ideas and recommendations.
Madrid, 16 March 2016 - EPACA Chairman Karl Isaksson attended as panelist the event organized by Kreab "Corporate Transparency Summit"
Corporate Transparency Summit is the annual landmark event on corporate transparency in Spain. It seeks to become a space for collectively thinking and learning about the rules of the game of the new “observation society” and about the implications that the increasing demand for transparency has for companies.
Karl Isaksson attended the panel discussion on the topic: Transparency at Public Administration and companies’ relationship.
The panel was presented by:
Karl Isaksson, President of EPACA
Silvina Bacigalupo, Governing Board of International Transparency in Spain
Manuel Medina, Director of the Council's transparency and data protection. Junta de Andalucía
Mauricio García de Quevedo, Managing Director, FIAB
Esther Arizmendi, President of the Council of Transparency and Good Governance
Brussels, 10 March 2016 - The first prize of the sixth John Houston EPACA ESSAY CONTEST 2016 was handed over by Lisette Tiddens-Engwirda, member of the EPACA Professional Practices Panel to Katalin Jakucs from Kreab during EPACA's Annual General Meeting, 10 March 2016.
The jury is composed of the members of the EPACA Professional Practice Panel: Lisette Tiddens, Alain Perroy, John Bowis and Tom Spencer.
Brussels - 15 January 2016
The European Public Affairs Consultancies’ Association proudly invites young Public Affairs professionals to participate in the sixth EPACA Essay Contest.
To honour the memory of EPACA’s first Chairman, we have renamed the competition the John Houston EPACA Essay Contest. Few people played an equally huge role for the Public Affairs industry in Brussels. John was instrumental in creating the first Code of Conduct back in 1995, laying the foundation for the strong industry ethics we still abide by. The lobby environment in Brussels would certainly be different if it weren’t for John’s great work.
Following the success of the last couple of years’ Essay Contest, EPACA wishes to continue to promote the Public Affairs profession by recognizing original thought and writing talent. We encourage young Public Affairs professionals to help shape attitudes both within our profession and outside, by sharing your views and experiences in an essay competition.
The Theme of this year’s competition is:
“If the EPACA Code of Conduct did not exist, would you invent it?”
The contributions must be in English and should use a maximum of 300 words, excluding the title.
All young professionals under the age of 30 (born on or after 1 January 1986) working for consultancies who are members of EPACA are invited to join the competition.
Contributions should be sent to the EPACA Secretariat by e-mail (email@example.com) by 10 February 2016 at the latest.
The jury is composed of the members of the EPACA Professional Practice Panel: Lisette Tiddens, John Bowis, Tom Spencer, Alain Perroy and David Coen.
EPACA will offer the winner a training scholarship of 2000 euro. The best contributions will be published on the EPACA website and in the EPACA newsletter.
When will the winner be announced?
The winner will be announced at the EPACA Annual General Meeting on 10 March 2016, where the prize will be handed over by the EPACA Professional Practice Panel.
Brussels - 15 January 2016
EPACA held today a skills development workshop, dedicated to "How to work with the Brussels media corps" at the Press Club Brussels Europe.
This workshop aimed to develop a practical understanding of the workings of the Brussels media corps – print, broadcast and online: what are their needs and how to and how NOT to work with them!
On the panel we had: Frédéric Simon (Euractiv), Brian Johnson (Dods), Grégoire Lory (Euronews)
Brussels - 27 October - On 27 October, the European Public Affairs Consultancies' Association (EPACA) hosted an Ethics in Practice Workshop on the EPACA code of conduct and guidelines. EPACA holds a yearly event on the code which is the backbone of the organization.
Karl Isaksson, Chairman of EPACA, gave the opening remarks by providing the history of the organization and the origins of the EPACA code. Worth noticing is that it was the industry who took the initiative 20 years ago in order to set some basics rules to how lobbying and public affairs work should be conducted.
This was followed by a presentation, which explained the different parts of the EPACA code of conduct and its guidelines, including the most recent changes. The code consists of three main pillars: transparency, integrity, and confidentiality.
The EPACA Charter is the next step forward to ensure that members apply the highest ethical standards in their dealings with all stakeholders.
The discussion with participants from the workshop focused on how EPACA is working hard to make sure that its code of conduct is effective, clear and meets the needs of a rapidly evolving profession in the digital age. The audience was made up of various representatives from public affairs consulting and communications firms who are members of EPACA.
Brussels - 19 June 2015 - EPACA has over the past decade been at the forefront in promoting the highest professional standards for the Brussels public affairs sector.
Launching the EPACA Charter is the logical next step in consolidating this work.
The Charter represents a ‘gold standard’ for public affairs, and aims at setting EPACA members apart from other public affairs agencies and at demonstrating to clients the benefit of working with EPACA consultancies.
Brussels, 11 May 2015 - EPACA Chairman Karl Isaksson attended as panelist the event hosted by the European Ombudsman "Is Brussels the new Washington, D.C.?" Lobbying transparency in the EU.
Brussels is fast becoming the second most important lobbying hub in the world, after Washington, D.C.. Lobbying obviously plays an important role in functioning democracies. High ethical standards and pro-active transparency about lobbying are, however, key for citizens’ trust in EU decision-making.
The Ombudsman dedicates a big part of her strategic work to ethical issues and transparency in lobbying activities between the various interest representatives and the EU institutions. Her investigations in this area concern, for example, "revolving doors" cases and the composition of expert groups in the Commission as well as more lobbying transparency in the TTIP negotiations.
The new Commission took important measures to increase lobbying transparency, by working towards a mandatory Transparency Register and by obliging all Members of the Commission and senior staff to publish contacts and meetings with stakeholders and lobbyists.
There is still room for improvement, though, not only in the Commission but also in other EU institutions. The Ombudsman would like to facilitate a debate about what has been achieved and what further measures could be taken to improve lobbying transparency in Brussels.
Brussels, 20 March 2015 - The first prize of the fifth EPACA ESSAY CONTEST 2015 was handed over by Lisette Tiddens-Engwirda, members of the EPACA Professional Practices Panel to Anne Sauviat from FleishmanHillard during EPACA's Annual General Meeting, 20 March 2015.
The jury is composed of the members of the EPACA Professional Practice Panel: Lisette Tiddens, Edit Herczog, John Bowis, Tom Spencer and Alain Perroy.
Brussels, 9 May 2015- The Public Affairs Community of Europe (P.A.C.E.), which gathers lobbyists’ national associations in the EU and public affairs professionals, will organize its fifth EU annual meeting on May 7th -8th in Vienna, hosted by the Austrian Public Affairs Association (www.oepav.at).
Brussels, 13 March 2015 - The European Youth Forum and leading employers last night launched their Employers’ Guide to Quality Internships, a “how-to guide” for employers wishing to establish quality schemes – with the aim to address and increase the quality of internships across Europe. The Employers’ Guide to Quality Internships has been developed with the contribution of the European Youth Forum partners Abbvie, Adecco Group, EPACA, EUK Consulting, Microsoft and TITAN CEMENT GROUP, who attended the launch event.
Brussels, Tuesday 27 January 2015 - viEUws just published in-depth video story "Juncker’s new lobbying rules"
Nicosia, 26 February 2015 - EPACA Chairman, Karl Isaksson, was interviewed by the Financial Mirror, when he was in Cyprus to speak at a seminar on “Lifting the Lid on Lobbying” hosted by Transparency International-Cyprus at the Classic Hotel in Nicosia.
Brussels 2 October - Emily O'Reilly marked her first year in office as the European Union's Ombudsman on Wednesday (1 October) but her gloves are only coming off now.
Brussels, 13 January 2015 - for EPACA members and their staff below the age of 30
The European Public Affairs Consultancies’ Association proudly invites young Public Affairs professionals to participate in the fifth EPACA ESSAY CONTEST 2015.
Following the outstanding success of the last couple of years’ competitions, EPACA wishes to continue to promote the Public Affairs profession by recognizing original thought and writing talent. We encourage young Public Affairs professionals to help to shape attitudes both within our profession and outside, by sharing your views and experiences in an essay competition.
Brussels, 1 October 2014 - At a breakfast meeting with the European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly, EPACA Chairman Karl Isaksson launched the EPACA Charter.
Brussels, 10 July 2014 - The Joint Transparency Register has made the public affairs sector more open, but there are limits to what it can achieve. The European Union’s flagship measure for controlling how stakeholders participate in the legislative process is the Joint Transparency Register, a public database jointly run by the European Parliament and the European Commission.
Brussels, 7 July 2014 – Brussels’ three public affairs professional organisations encourage incoming MEPs to engage lobbyists with highest standards of conduct and transparency
Joint letter from ECPA, EPACA and SEAP distributed to all 751 incoming MEPs
Brussels, 15 April 2014 – The European Public Affairs Consultancies’ Association (EPACA) today welcomed the European Parliament’s adoption in plenary of the report on the modification of the Transparency Register’s inter-institutional agreement.
Brussels, 28 March 2014 - EPACA held its General Assembly followed by a Guest Speech by Carl Dolan, Director at Transparency International EU liaison office, where gave us an update on their recently published EU Corruption report, titled “We Have an EU Corruption Report: So Now What?", followed by a Q&A session?
Brussels, 31 March 2014 - The first prize of the fourth EPACA ESSAY CONTEST 2014 was handed over by Lisette Tiddens-Engwirda and Alain Perroy, members of the EPACA Professional Practices Panel to Alessia Mortara from FleishmanHillard during EPACA's Annual General Meeting, 28 March 2014.
EPACA has been supporting partner of the Model European Union (MEU) 2014, a large scale simulation of how the EU decision-making process works.
Paris, 21 MARCH 2014 - Seminar on Integrity in Lobbying
Karl Isaksson attended as panellist, the High-Level Panel on National, Supranational and Transnational Lobbying Practices and Risks
Brussels, 18 February 2014
BRUSSELS - Political advocacy, or lobbying if you like, is of paramount importance to ensuring that political decision-makers understand the implications of the legislation they adopt. The EU’s political system is a very open one where most decision-makers, be it civil servants in the European Commission or politicians in the European Parliament, appreciate input from external stakeholders and are open to facts and arguments. This input makes for better legislation.
Brussels, 13 December 2013 - Revision of the Transparency Register
The joint working group of the European Parliament Bureau and the European Commission has finalised its work on the revision of the EU Transparency Register.
Brussels, 21 January 2014 - for EPACA members and their staff below the age of 30
The European Public Affairs Consultancies’ Association proudly invites young Public Affairs professionals to participate in the fourth EPACA ESSAY CONTEST 2014.
Following the outstanding success of last years’ competitions, EPACA wishes to continue to promote the Public Affairs profession by recognizing original thought and writing talent. We encourage young Public Affairs professionals to help to shape attitudes both within our profession and outside, by sharing your views and experiences in an essay competition.
Brussels, 14 October 2013
Brussels, 1 October 2013
The European Transparency Register, the EU's database for lobbyists, is currently under scrutiny as it set to be reformed by the end of 2013. Above all, the register needs more resources and to get rid of its loopholes, if Brussels wants a fair public affairs level playing field, Karl Isaksson says.
Brussels, 8 July 2013 - “If Winter comes can Spring be far behind?”
Tom Spencer, member of the EPACA Professional Practice Panel, launched an article on his blog.
With apologies to Shelley’s Ode to the West Wind, I am increasingly struck by the parallels between Public Affairs, the British housing market and the state of European integration! The prolonged recession and the growing sense that there is likely to be no immediate relief, eventually forces people to get on with life, rather than waiting for the spectacular gains that they expected in the good times.
Paris, 27-28 June 2013 - EPACA Vice-Chair, Rob Mack, was on the panel at the OECD Forum on Transparency and Integrity in Lobbying: How to Win Back Trust?in Paris 27-28 June, discussing ‘Compliance and enforcement: How to make transparency and integrity in lobbying a reality?’
Brussels, 28 June 2013 - EPACA Management Committee member, Rory Macrae, spoke today, the 27th of June 2013, at the ‘Global Europe’ workshop at the University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS).
Brussels, 30 May 2013 - EPACAs reply to ALTER-EU, article in today's European Voice
committed to transparency
By Karl Isaksson, Chairman, EPACA
Brussels, 25 April 2013 - Review process leads to strengthened commitments
EPACA, the European Public Affairs Consultancies’ Association, today officially published their revised Code of Practice. The code has been amended to reflect more closely current public affairs practices. It extends the scope of the code to cover all activities undertaken by EPACA members in the context of their public affairs work.
Brussels, 15 March 2013 - EPACA held its General Assembly followed by a Panel Discussion, where Gerard Legris from the Transparency Register, Jana Mittermaier from Transparency International and Julio Bacio Terracino from OECD, discussed “The Future of Public Affairs and Lobbying”.
Brussels, 12 January 2013 - EPACA submitted a reply to the public consultation on the Transparency Register held in summer 2012.
Brussels, 18 March 2013 - The first prize of the EPACA contest 2013 was handed over by John Bowis and Tom Spencer, members of the EPACA Professional Practices Panel to Ariane Pond-Hubert from Sarah Biontino Consultants during EPACA's Annual General Meeting.
Brussels, 12 January 2013 - EPACA members gathered on 9 January for an informal discussion with representatives from the European Parliament on best and worst lobby practices.
Brussels, 10 January 2013 - EPACA’s Chairman, Karl Isaksson, participated a panel discussion entitled “Bringing Closed-Door Dealings to Light: How Transparency Can Change Lobbying Practices” about transparency practices in different parts of the world, held during the 15th International Anti-Corruption Conference in Brasilia in November 2012.
Brussels, 23 March 2012 - EPACA notes the Commission’s decision not to review further the complaint made by EPACA about CEO’s untransparent lobbying.
Brussels, 10 May 2011 - Both organisations, EPACA and SEAP, support current efforts within the European Parliament to review its internal rules to improve ethics and the transparency of the Institution.
Brussels, 7 April 2011 - EPACA supports the European Parliament’s review of their rules to increase ethics and transparency, including the call for a mandatory register.
Brussels, 14 March 2012 - The first prize of the EPACA contest 2012 was handed over by Alain Perroy, member of the EPACA Professional Practices Panel and Jose Lalloum to Nora Delaney from from APCO Worldwide during EPACA's Annual General Meeting.
Brussels, 21 March 2011 - EPACA stands for an ethical and irreproachable approach to lobbying.
Brussels, March 2017
Enrusing a robust mandatory register that fosters a true level-playing field for EU interest representation.
Position Paper on the Interinstitutional Agreement on a Mandatory Transparency Register
The European Public Affairs Consultancies' Association (EPACA) has supported a mandatory register for many years. Transparency has always been our fundamental guiding principle and the industry we represent has clearly benefitted from clearer rules surrounding our activities.
Brussels, 16 March 2017 - The first prize of the sixth John Houston EPACA ESSAY CONTEST 2016 was handed over by Jean Claude Lahaut, member of the EPACA Professional Practices Panel to François Barry from Cambre Associates during EPACA's Annual General Meeting, 16 March 2017.
The jury is composed of the members of the EPACA Professional Practice Panel: Lisette Tiddens-Engwirda, Jean Claude Lahaut.