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Kellen Europe: Europe Today 2008


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Maria Teresa Scardigli, vice president with Kellen Europe, presented "Europe Today" on November 14, 2008 in Washington, DC at ASAE and The Center. She discussed Brussels and the European Union, the …

Maria Teresa Scardigli, vice president with Kellen Europe, presented "Europe Today" on November 14, 2008 in Washington, DC at ASAE and The Center. She discussed Brussels and the European Union, the European political situation, specific European initiatives and association trends in Europe.

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  • 1. Europe Today - 2008 Update 14 November 2008, Washington, D.C. Maria Teresa Scardigli Vice President Kellen Europe
  • 2. Outline
    • Brussels and the European Union
    • The European political situation
    • Specific European initiatives
    • Association trends in Europe
  • 3.
    • A few facts about Brussels
    • Home to the EU institutions & NATO
        • 2,600 international organisations
        • 15,000 lobbyists
        • 1,000 press correspondents
        • 159 Embassies
        • 2,500 diplomats
        • 31% of the population is of foreign origin
    • Currently, most new laws (60 to 80 %) in member states derive from European legislation
    • New trend: decrease on legislation, increase on regulatory activities and self-regulation by industry
    1. Brussels and the European Union
  • 4.
      • European Presidency :
      • Troika of Presidencies: France (July-Dec 08) – Czech Republic (Jan-Jun 09) and Sweden (Jul-Dec 09)
        • 18 months programme of the European Council
        • Political priorities and issues are known
        • Stakeholders’ ability to plan ahead
    2. The European Political Situation
  • 5.
      • Major EU Changes in 2009
      • New European Parliament in June 2009
      • First elections ever held simultaneously in the 27 EU Member States
      • A switch to the left?
      • New College of Commissioners in March 2010 :
      • Unlikely that current Commission stays but some Commissioners might be reappointed
      • Threat that current pro-industry Commission might leave the place to a more interventionist approach
    2. The European Political Situation
  • 6.
    • Conclusions:
    • US & International associations’ way of working in Europe:
      • Standstill between April and October 2009 - minimal legislative activities and slow down of regulatory activities
      • Focus on building contacts with new European MEPs & Commissioners
    • Trade associations will have to remain vigilant and active in 2009:
      • Despite pressure on finances and membership
      • Need to monitor and lobby
    • A more interventionist EU?
      • Answering the economic crisis
      • Czech and Swedish Presidencies may not be quiet
    2. The European Political Situation
  • 7. The EU Governance Situation The Treaty of Lisbon Four main areas of changes: Improvement and simplification of decision-making process Increased role and protection of citizens The EU as global player Clarification of competencies between Institutions and Member States Issues still to be solved: Ratification issues It is unclear when the Treaty of Lisbon will enter into force Impact on US Associations: Take advantage of the new decision making process
  • 8.
      • European Transparency Initiative
      • REACH
    3. Specific European Initiatives
  • 9. 3. European Transparency Initiative
  • 10.
    • It includes:
    • Voluntary register
    • Compliance with Code of Conduct
    • Activities considered Lobbying:
    • Activities carried out with the objective of influencing the policy formulation and decision making processes of the European Institutions
    • Categories covered:
    • Consultancies and law firms
    • Corporate interest representatives, trade associations and trade unions
    • NGOs and think tanks
    3. European Transparency Initiative
  • 11.
    • Kellen recommendations
    • Interest representations that lobby the EU institutions on various issues should register for transparency reasons
    • Kellen is recommending its association clients to register
    3. European Transparency Initiative
  • 12.
    • How to register US organisations
    • In-house lobbyists & trade associations:
    • Estimate of the cost associated with direct lobbying
    • Professional consultancies & law firms:
    • Turnover of organisation linked to lobbying activities
    • List of clients in decreasing order of contract value
    • NGOs, think-tanks & CSOs:
    • Overall budget of the organisation and the main sources of funding
    3. European Transparency Initiative
  • 13. Where to find the information: http:// 3. European Transparency Initiative
  • 14. REACH has generated a huge workload 3. REACH: the new chemical policy
  • 15.
    • What is REACH:
    • REACH Regulation came into force ( R egistration, E valuation, A uthorisation and restriction of CH emicals) on 1 June 2007.
    • Purpose is to ensure industry takes greater responsibility in managing the risks from chemicals to health and the environment
    • It will require enhanced information sharing in the supply chain.
    3. REACH: the new chemical policy
  • 16.
    • Current status:
    • Pre-registration of substances already in the market by 30 November 2008 to ensure continued access to the market
    • Pre-registration opens obligation to enter a SIEF (Substance Information Exchange Forum) = a mandatory forum
    • Consortia are formed by the industries as negotiating “platform” amongst companies to prepare SIEF activities
    3. REACH: the new chemical policy
  • 17. Timeline 3. REACH: the new chemical policy 30 November 2010 31 May 2013 31 May 2018
    • 1000t/y
    • 1t/y cmr
    100 – 1000t/y 1 – 100t/y Deadlines for registration 1 June 2007 Entry into force 1 June 2008 Pre-registration begins 1 January 2009 SIEF(*) are formed Pre-registration 1 June 2008 – 30 November 2008 SIEF: substance information exchange forum
  • 18.
    • Requirements for Non-European Firms
    • There are 3 options:
      • Set up a European based company
      • Work through importer(s) inside the EU
      • Appoint an “Only Representative” = a person based in EU, appointed by a manufacturer of substance or preparation outside the EU, to fulfill its Reach requirements
    3. REACH: the new chemical policy
  • 19.
    • Some facts and figures
    • More than half a million of pre-registration (substances not known)
    • 40 Consortia already established (Chemical Watch) but another 40 expected
    • Financial impact is huge
    • Main criticism by the industry: process is heavy
    3. REACH: the new chemical policy
  • 20.
    • Where to find information
    • List of Reach Service Providers (provided by U.S. Department of Commerce)
    • European Chemical Agency REACH Website
    3. REACH: the new chemical policy
  • 21.
    • Association management is not truly
    • recognised so far as a “profession” in Europe,
    • but…
    • Over 70% of EU business associations are located in Brussels
    • Majority are federations (organisations of national associations):
        • ~ 65% are federations (assocs. only)
        • ~ 25% are mixed membership structure (companies and assocs.)
        • ~ 10% are direct membership (companies only)
    4. Association trends in Europe
  • 22.
    • Europe : An ever increasing market
    • Increase in “Association Creation”
    • New lobbying playing field, imply more focus on compliance with antitrust law and good governance systems
    • Shift from Policies to Standards (EU and global)
    • Greater role of Civil Society
    • European Associations are now becoming Global Associations
    4. Association trends in Europe
  • 23.
    • In a digitised 21st Century world,
    • associations are:
    • The knowledge poolers,
    • The great disseminators, flattening the global playing field,
    • Must be present more locally…..
    • But take decisions with an international perspective in mind
    4. Association trends in Europe
  • 24.
    • Trends in Association Management:
    • Membership development might prove difficult
    • Association should be more focused on their “core services” and members retention
    • Associations already put on hold some projects at least for the next few months
    • But a continued increase on third party strategic advice and planning projects to associations is foreseen
    4. Association trends in Europe
  • 25.
    • Trends in Association Management:
    • Increasing in insurance and tax advice
    • Focus on enhanced governance and antitrust compliance
    • Downturn of US associations’ expenditures in Europe (less in-person meetings and maybe less events/conferences/conventions)
    4. Association trends in Europe
  • 26.
    • Real opportunities for the globally savvy association executive
    • Policy migration phenomenon wil continue due to economic financial crisis
    • Think globally
    • Kellen stands ready to assist you with any needs in Brussels
  • 27. Kellen Offices Thank you !