TTIP in the City of Lights

On 10 April 2014 APCO Worldwide sponsored and presented at the “The Future of Transatlantic Trade” conference in Paris, which was co-hosted by The Washington Post and European Voice and gathered over 150 French and international business leaders and key policy makers from both sides of the Atlantic. The main item of discussion throughout the day was the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) being debated in Brussels and Washington. If passed and signed , TTIP could bring the EU an extra €119 billion per year and the US an extra €95 billion per year.Read more »

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Earth Day: Continuing to Build on Success

Bob Bissen

Today is the 45th celebration of Earth Day, the brainchild of the late Sen. Gaylord Nelson (D-WI) for a “national teach-in on the environment” to move towards countering the effects of air and water pollution on our planet. While individuals may choose to disagree over the impact of “climate change”, there can be little doubt that Earth Day has raised global awareness of the need to protect our big blue marble.Read more »

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EU 2014 and Beyond: Summary Remarks from APCO Forum Event

Director General for Internal Market Services of the European Commission Jonathan Faull joined the APCO Forum this afternoon to share his thoughts on “EU 2014 and beyond.” Beginning his remarks, DG Faull pointed out how many people had wrongly predicted the demise of the European Union and Euro over the last few years since the global financial crisis erupted. Determination and resilience had been underestimated. 2014 is a crucial year for Europe and the results of the European Parliament elections in 50 days’ time will be critical for determining its future course, despite fears that the leading candidates are not well known everywhere and that there are in reality 28 national elections.Read more »

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How Enhanced Labeling Regulations Affect the Global Food Industry

Earlier this month, the Obama administration unveiled the most sweeping update to nutrition labeling on food packages in more than two decades, giving Americans a reality check about how many calories and how much sugar they are consuming. Whether this will affect consumer behavior remains to be seen, but how this regulation affects the food industry across the supply chain was the focus of APCO’s International Advisory Council meeting on March 20, 2014.Read more »

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10 Tips for Getting a Job at APCO

I remember September 1987 or, I should say, I can still “feel” September 1987, only because it was then that I felt the anxiety of looking for my first real job. I had just returned from a one-year Watson Fellowship (thank you IBM!) where I traveled to Europe and Africa to write about the intersection of public policy, media coverage and identity politics. I had been exploring emerging issues surrounding global public health challenges – provoked and unsettled by how some approaches to stemming the rise of HIV/AIDS, in particular, could also lead to policies that had major private consequences. Coming out of this extraordinary year, I assumed that my Amherst College credential coupled with my Watson Fellowship experience were enough to land me a job – without much effort. NOT A GOOD ASSUMPTION. So, it’s with profound empathy for those who are now looking for their first job, and perhaps also with the goal of making the interview more interesting for the interviewer, that I share the following:Read more »

Posted on April 18, 2014 By Nelson Fernandez
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Optimism Around Future of Renewable Energy & Clean Tech

Last week, I had the privilege of attending the American Council on Renewable Energy* (ACORE) National Renewable Energy Policy Forum in Washington, D.C., along with representatives from the energy and clean tech industry, NGOs, academia, professional services, and the U.S. federal government. While the renewable energy and clean tech sector clearly face challenges as it evolves and matures, there was a sense of excitement and optimism around the possibilities ahead, provided the right policies and regulations are put in place.Read more »

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