Book: How to Work with the EU Institutions: A Practical Guide to Successful Public Affairs in the EU

Having set up and run for the past 11 years a leading analytical information source on the politics behind EU policies made in Brussels, Doru Peter Frantescu, CEO and Co-founder of VoteWatch Europe, shares his insights in this John Harper Publishing forthcoming book – How to Work with the EU Institutions: A Practical Guide to Successful Public Affairs in the EU.

The book, edited by Dr. Alan Hardacre, is full of real-world insights, timelines for how legislation is adopted, checklists of key points and actions, flowcharts, and explanatory diagrams.

In this systematic and practical handbook, seasoned Brussels practitioners who have been engaging with EU institutions for years share their strategies to successfully become part of the law-making process The authors show how lobbying is a multi-stage end-to-end process and explain the opportunities, challenges and risks at each step.

Section 1, which takes a comprehensive approach to public affairs management, reviews innovative methods for building influence, setting issue priorities, employing IT tools, communicating with the news media, attracting a social media following, and advancing issues through third-country advocacy.

Section 2 helps the reader apply these strategies to dealings with EU institutions. It covers the roles of the European Commission, Parliament and EU Councils, following Ordinary Legislative Procedure, and working with Delegated and Implementing Acts.

Section 3 sums up the various insights from contributors and provides guidance for successful EU advocacy.

Doru Frantescu, CEO and Co-founder of VoteWatch Europe, signs the chapter Working with the European Parliament where he provides genuinely objective expertise, collected over 11 years of direct and continuous interaction with EU Parliamentarians, their staff, but also with the stakeholders that want to rally the MEPs into their camps.

This book is not about how the EU works in theory, but how institutions function in real life. It serves as a practical guide on how to efficiently select your sources, filter, and interpret the information to correctly understand EU Parliamentarians’ mindsets and the (bigger) driving forces that shape their legislative behavior, while observing ethics and respecting privacy.

The content of the chapter is backed by visual materials and concrete examples that make it easier to catch the reader’s attention in a very interactive and practical way.

The book can be ordered by accessing this link.


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