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Austrian Parliamentary Elections: no clear winner as new groups enter parliament

17th October 2013

Austria’s parliamentary elections, held on 29 September, have produced no clear winner.

The two parties in the current ruling ‘grand coalition’ – the centre-left Social Democrats (SPÖ, led by the current Chancellor, Werner Faymann, and the centre-right Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) – saw their representations fall but are still in a position to renew their pact.

However, the ÖVP is also exploring the possibility of a right-wing coalition, especially given that the Freedom Party (FPÖ) saw a leap in its representation, allowing it to strengthen its position as the third force in Austrian politics.

The Greens and Team Stronach, a new Eurosceptic party, gained seats to finish fourth and fifth respectively, but fell below some expectations. Surprisingly, a new liberal party, NEOS – The New Austria, entered parliament, with nine members.

The Alliance for the Future of Austria (BZÖ), which had 21 seats in the outgoing parliament, was not able to overcome the four per cent hurdle and so is no longer represented in the National Council.

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Europe Decides: German Federal Parliamentary Elections Insight

24th September 2013

Angela Merkel has won a larger-than-expected victory in Germany’s federal parliamentary elections, held on Sunday 22 September. Her party, the Christian Democrats (CDU) and its Bavarian partners, the Christian Social Union (CSU) fell just short of an overall majority.

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Europe Decides – 2014: the year of Europe’s democratic revolution?

by rebecca.jarvis on 10th July 2013

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2030 Climate & Energy Framework : After ten years of the emissions trading scheme – what next?

18th June 2013

On 19 June high-level stakeholders will gather in Brussels to discuss the 2030 framework for climate and energy policies in Europe.This meeting comes less than four months before the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the EU Emissions Trading system (ETS), which was created on 13 October 2003 as Europe’s main instrument for meeting the Kyoto 2020 emissions targets. The ETS, adopted by co-decision based on the environment provisions of the treaties, currently covers 45% of total EU carbon emissions. The energy sector accounts for 60% of this figure, or 27% of total carbon emissions.

After a decade of the ETS, what are the EU’s future plans for managing carbon emissions over the course of the next generation?

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Looking ahead: assessing the revision of EU medical devices legislation

26th April 2013

The keenly anticipated revision of the EU medical devices legislation is perhaps one of the most controversial, technical and topical pieces of health legislation to be discussed in Brussels in recent years.

Medical devices cover a wide range of products, from simple bandages to the most sophisticated life-supporting products. These devices play a crucial role in the diagnosis, prevention, monitoring, and treatment of diseases and in the improvement of the quality of life of people suffering from disabilities.

Innovation in this particularly dynamic sector is considered fundamental to ensuring access to quality and cost-efficient healthcare. The new regulatory framework will undoubtedly affect the ability and capacity of the medical device industry to deliver this.

It will also impact upon national public authorities, the healthcare community and patients by ensuring access to safe and high-quality devices across the EU through robust surveillance, assessment and monitoring mechanisms.

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Kenyan Presidential Election Insight

26th March 2013

The Kenyan general election, held on 4 March, saw Uhuru Kenyatta of The National Alliance (TNA – part of the Jubilee Coalition) declared winner, defeating Raila Odinga of the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD).

However, his victory may be short-lived if a petition filed with the Supreme Court to nullify his victory stands. Mr Odinga challenged the

election of Mr Kenyatta as the fourth president of the Republic of Kenya, deeming the vote to be ‘tainted’. This may delay the swearing in of the President-elect.

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Burson-Marsteller Brussels supports Rare Disease Day

14th February 2013

Burson-Marsteller Brussels supports Rare Disease Day

Since 2012, Burson-Marsteller Brussels has provided pro bono support to EURORDIS, the European Organisation for Rare Diseases, in particular regarding the organisation and promotion of awareness raising campaigns to mark the annual international Rare Disease Day.

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Ghanaian General Election insght

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.

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Global Public Affairs: Hot Issues

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.

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Slovenian presidential election

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.

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