Portugal Prepares for the Aftermath of the Pandemic
Portugal will take over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union on January 1, 2021. Lisbon is following Germany and preceding Slovenia as part of the so-called ‘GPS-presidency’ trio, marking the fourth Portuguese EU Council Presidency since the country joined the European Economic Community in 1986. The following overview has been developed in cooperation between the APCO team in Brussels and our partner agency in Portugal, ATREVIA. This Presidency Guide outlines the challenges that lie ahead and how companies can address them...Read More
New EU Cybersecurity Strategy: Can the European Commission Shield Europe from Cyberattacks?
“Digitalisation and cyber are two sides of the same coin,” said the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, while presenting her political priorities in July 2019. Data show that the EU has long been a primary target for cybercriminals and President von der Leyen signalled European Union’s intention to beef up its cybersecurity defence...Read More
How Can We Make European Health Data Governance Models More Patient-Centric?
The COVID-19 crisis has been an eye-opener for many stakeholders, especially national governments, and has revealed that sharing health data is essential for enabling positive health outcomes and more sustainable health systems in Europe...Read More
Has Germany set the European Transport Sector on the Path to a Digital Transformation?
Following years of ideation and feasibility analyses, the real-world use cases of 2021 will provide the first benchmarks for governments and industry players throughout Europe and thereby serve as a first indicator of whether the upcoming Council Presidencies will progress with Germany’s “New Mobility Approach.”..Read More
Germany’s EU Council Presidency is Coming to an End, but the Financial Sector’s Digital Transformation is Here to Stay
Even with Germany’s EU Council Presidency coming to an end, it is expected that digital transformation in the financial sector will still be a widely discussed topic in 2021, in particular, as it intertwines with other legislative plans at the European level...Read More
2020 US Election: The Impact on Europe
Voting in the U.S. presidential election is over, and as of this writing, it is still unclear who will be the next leader of the free world. While the dust settles overseas, many in Europe ask themselves: What will the next four years bring for Europe?..Read More
How Europe Responded to the Black Lives Matter Movement
The summer of 2020 felt like a historical turning point. As the pandemic continues to unravel across the region and disrupt every aspect of society, from workplaces to education, the unprecedented support for the Black Lives Matter movement in Europe offered a glimpse of hope...Read More
Four Questions on Brexit: Perspectives from Brussels, London and Berlin
With the post-Brexit trade negotiations picking up speed by late-2020, uncertainties are growing on both sides of the channel. Statements from representatives of the European Union and the United Kingdom are becoming harsher by the day and the danger of a “no-deal” with unprecedented effects on both sides’ economies is still looming. In these turbulent times, businesses need to establish clarity about the status quo and focus on their immediate priorities to safeguard their operations...Read More