Event Date/Time: Sep 20, 2004 End Date/Time: Sep 21, 2004
Early Registration Date: Aug 09, 2004
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Why does EU Lobbying concern me?

The European Union (EU) is increasingly important in making decision and legislation that directly affects industry, civil society and all other EU stakeholders. The decision-making process in the EU is open and ever more transparent, allowing those who wish to lobby to gain access. Despite the openness, the system is complex and notoriously difficult to navigate without understanding the subtleties of the process. The EU is in a state of flux, having recently been enlarged, a new term just beginning (new Commission & Parliament) and the Constitution on the horizon. Public affairs and lobbying is becoming ever more vital in representing stakeholder's interests to the EU institutions during these times.

Despite the importance, many organisations do not to use lobbying as an effective tool, with many managers believing that it does not concern them. Yet many organisations find themselves fighting against legislation that threatens to dramatically affect part of, or their entire business function. Without the knowledge and skills the learning curve is very steep and time to prepare effectively is limited. It is important that organisations are close to the lobbying process rather than allowing legislation to change their work arena, without their consultation.

Who should attend?

EU Lobbying should be understood by all management levels, political/public affairs staff and legislators from business, trade associations, NGO's and all others with an involvement in public policy. This conference is for every organisation that is thinking of lobbying, wishing to lobby more effectively, needing to establish an EU public affairs strategy or update an existing strategy. If you are already operating in the EU or considering entering the market, this conference is for you.

The conference is unique in catering for the variety of lobbying experience that delegates possess. Delegates are given the option of attending either a workshop or a presentation and discussion session on the morning of day 2. The workshop session is aimed at inexperienced lobbyists, covering basic issues and giving the opportunity to ask experienced lobbyist's questions. The presentation and discussion is aimed at those familiar with the lobbying process and will examine the current issues in lobbying and where lobbying is to progress during the next term and beyond.

What will I get from this?

EU Conferences have assembled a fine list of speakers from business associations, industry, NGO's and EU functionaries. This mix of speakers gives the perspective from both sides of the process: those who lobby and those who are lobbied, providing great insight as well as creating a unique forum for debate and discussion.

The speakers will demonstrate the correct approach and highlight the pitfalls when lobbying. As the conference coincides with the beginning of the new term of the EU, many of the presentations will look towards the new term and beyond, highlighting trends and the future developments for lobbying in the EU. The case study session gives a unique insight into lobbying campaigns of leading practitioners and aims to identify lessons learnt.

NGOs and industry organisations will find this conference useful to their cause. Industry can learn from NGO's and visa versa. It is a great opportunity to meet your peers, network and find answers to your questions.


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Additional Information

Generous Early Bird discount and reduced rate for non-profit making organisations are available. Please visit our website for full pricing details.