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18th December 2012
-+*Ghana’s ‘caretaker’ president John Dramani Mahama has won his first full four-year term in an closely-contested vote. The leader of the centre-left National Democratic Congress (NDC), who became President in July following the death of John Atta Mills, won 50.7 per cent of the vote in the election on 7 December.
The NDC also increased its representation in parliament, and is projected to win an absolute majority in the 275-seat assembly.
The Observer Mission from Ecowas (the Economic Community of West African States), led by a former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, described the electoral process as generally free, fair and peaceful. Ghana was described as being ’the vanguard of democracy’. However, the centre-right opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) alleged that the election was fraudulent and indicated that it will contest the polls in court.
17th December 2012
-+*“Hot Issues” from Burson-Marsteller’s Global Public Affairs Practice will focus on new forthcoming legislative or policy issues that will impact business from around our global network of 130+ offices in Latin America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa and North America.
The public policy dynamics in each country, let alone a particular region can be very different, demonstrated by the different experts we utilize in the countries where we operate. Conversely, there are similarities and you can see this in some of the issues we have picked out: labour/union policy in the US and China; gambling legislation for the EU and Japan; and environmental law in Brazil and China.
Hot Issues are designed to give you a flavor of our global perspective and should any of the items raise particular interest with you please contact the designated person listed with that issue.
17th December 2012
-+*Borut Pahor, the left-wing former Prime Minister of Slovenia, has won the country’s presidential election. Mr Pahor took more than double the number of votes of his rival, the outgoing independent President, Danilo Türk, in the run-off on Sunday 2 December. The campaign had been marked by demonstrations and increasing public dissatisfaction with the current right-wing government and politics in general.
28th September 2012
-+*Brussels, 27 September 2012
On 26 September 2012 the European Commission published its proposals for the review of the medical devices legislation, consisting of a:
Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on medical devices, and amending Directive 2001/83/EC, Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 and Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009
Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on in vitro diagnostic medical devices
The Commission also published its ‘Communication on safe, effective and innovative medical devices and in vitro diagnostic medical devices for the benefit of patients, consumers and healthcare professionals’. The Communication was adopted as a response to the Council Conclusions on innovation in the medical device sector, from 6 June 2011 and to the European Parliament Resolution on defective silicone breast implants from 14 June 2012.
The adoption of the above documents was announced in a press release. The key elements of the revision are summarised in a Citizens’ summary and in a questions and answers document.
17th September 2012
-+*Dutch voters send mixed message: stay the course and change direction.
The right-wing Liberals of Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Diederik Samsom’s Labour Party made strong gains in the Dutch general election on 12 September. It now seems likely that these two parties, from opposite ends of the political spectrum, will come together to form a coalition, with negotiations already underway.
Burson-Marsteller study finds almost two-thirds of world leaders are on Twitter – but how connected are they really?
24th August 2012
-+*Burson-Marsteller study finds almost two-thirds of world leaders are on Twitter – but how connected are they really?
26th July 2012
-+*“Twiplomacy” is the first research of its kind, aimed at identifying to what extent world leaders use Twitter
10th July 2012
-+*A few steps forward, a few steps back?
The popular uprising in Egypt that toppled the regime of Hosni Mubarak appears to have finally achieved its main objective: the first ever free elections in the country’s history.
20th June 2012
-+*The Socialists have won an absolute majority in the French parliamentary elections, giving the new President, François Hollande, a free hand to implement the key measures of his presidential programme.
16th May 2012
-+*Crisis Creates Opportunities – A new era of European supervision of financial services and markets.