A study in 2012 by Cranfield School of Management for the Academy of Business in Society has shown that corporations (at executive and board levels) understand little about complexity and formal and informal nature of the European policy-making process.Read more
As a consequence they do not adequately scan and analyse important political signals that could have profound implications for their core business.
Renato Addis helps them to integrate political developments into corporate strategy and to reduce their vulnerability to regulatory and political change. His experiences working for the European Commission’s External Affairs Directorate, representing them in the European Parliament, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions, has made him a polished diplomat for business clients, focused political intelligence and recognition that only sustainable agreements serve the long term interest of clients.
Since joining EPPA in 1995, Renato Addis has specialised in highly regulated and complex industry sectors, bridging specific client interests with broader political and socio-economic imperatives. He has much experience with steering dedicated client-consultant teams in pan-European operations which have delivered solutions for clients active in diverse sectors such as sport and pleasure, animal health and welfare, or financial services.
Before this career change, his research concentrated on EU financial services, on Single Market issues in general and the liberalisation of the EU financial services sector. He had various assignments related to the EU and Dutch life insurance and pension sector before moving to Brussels.
He has occupied various functions in the American Chamber of Commerce in Europe, while his voluntary work concentrates on Mazungumzo - the African Forum in Brussels. He was also EPPA’s partner for the establishment of the European Transparency Register.
Renato Addis holds a Masters degree in International and European Law from Leiden University (NL) and various additional certificates in Dutch Law. He is fluent in Dutch, English, French and German and his ancestry has also left some Italian.Collapse
Despite extensive compliance systems, research has shown that directors and managers often appear almost emotionally paralyzed to address known concerns timely and unwelcome policy or regulatory challenges are allowed to damage the enterprise.Read more
Aligning often sharply contrasting stakeholder views and interests, and developing sustainable solutions in a multi-cultural and multi-layered context, such as the European Union and its 28 Member States, requires deep understanding of the mind-sets of your interlocutors and an ability to detect early on the nature and the process towards a compromise which benefits both the public and the company interest.
This skill is nowhere more useful than in highly regulated sectors. Pascal Michaux has used his analytical and negotiating talents precisely there where business if often most challenged by complex regulations. Thus he has substantially contributed to the development of the regulatory architecture of the chemical, agro-chemical, biocidal and related business sectors in the EU, which often become global standards thereafter.
His talent for developing win-win outcomes has led him to be at the forefront of innovative thinking about key European policy concepts such as sustainable use, negligible exposure, risk versus hazard, classification, and others. His bridge building with public authorities has been much appreciated in Brussels and in national capitals and he is consulted by all sides how overcome techno-phobia and to develop acceptable risk management.
Over 18 years of experience have given him deep insights about the links between science and innovation and the inter-action between the chemical and the food sectors, and this has extended his work to the benefit of companies and authorities.
He manages EPPA’s long running Dialogue Lunch program, which brings together key officials or politicians and invited business managers for a relaxed exchange of views under Chatham House rules.
Having spent the first phase of his career as a lawyer in Asia, he now operates on behalf of and with clients in particular in Japan, Southeast Asia, and China.
Pascal Michaux holds a masters degree in law from the Louvain Catholic University (Belgium) and a M.A. in Intercultural Management from the ICHEC Brussels Management School. He is fluent in French, English, Italian and Dutch.Collapse
Having participated in the accession negotiations of her native country, Meglena Mihova brings a deep insight in the role and functioning of the EU Member States, the deal making among them, and the resulting challenges and opportunities for business.
She was member of government working groups during the Bulgarian EU accession preparations. This experience gave her a rare understanding of the interplay between corporate strategies focused on markets and the need for their parallel alignment with public interests, be it government or civic society ones. It also taught her that economies in transition require extensive innovation and strategic agility in government and business in order to have a chance to leap-frog to the average levels of competitiveness and welfare in a Single Market.
Since joining EPPA, Meglena Mihova works on the interplay between legal design and implementation of regulations and the wider political and economic context. Her preferred fields of work are still trade and the management of the complex government-business preparation processes in association or accession candidate countries. Highly technical rules underpin global trade in every business sector, they result from often highly charged political negotiations requiring analytical insight in the drivers in governments defining the Commission mandates to negotiate trade agreements. To identify these early on can make a change to the bottom-line for years to come.
But in addition she became a leading expert on ecological policy development and regulatory implementation, leading EPPA’s unparalleled practice on the REACH. The EU’s substance approval mechanisms are perhaps the world’s most sophisticated but also complex one which require a comprehensive know how to succeed. Her combined know how makes her now a sought after advisor on ecological strategy, and issues such as sourcing, marketing positioning and investment decisions.
This brought her to chair the Environment Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce EU, the leading US business representation body in the EU, and to be a regular speaker and author about chemical sector regulation.
Meglena Mihova has a master degree in international and European law from the University Paris II Pantheon-Assas and graduated thereafter at the Institute de Hautes Etudes Internationales in Paris. She speak Bulgarian, Russian, French, English and Spanish.
Since 2014 she is EPPA managing partner.Collapse
Previous to joining EPPA, Eduardo worked at the Spanish Permanent Delegation to UNESCO, where he acted as advisor to the Spanish Ambassador, coordinating and mediating during several crises of the crises affecting this important UN organization at the time.Read more
With this diplomatic experience he moved to EPPA in 2010, developing excellent networks in the EU Institutions and focusing on Environment, Health and Innovation policies and their interface with Member States.
Among the major legislative dossiers he has worked on, Eduardo was involved in the reform of the Tobacco Products Directive for the new cult of electronic cigarettes, achieving a balanced outcome between a high level of health protection and the right to pleasure of citizens. In another complex case, he managed the largest co-decision dossier ever before the European Parliament, the latest reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, and also advised several clients during the reform of the agro-chemicals and biocidal regulations, in addition to working on specific technical cases in these areas.
He served as project director of the High Level Group on Innovation Policy Management during its first phase and as researcher for its first report on Innovation Ecosystems, and as outreach manager during its second phase.
His knowledge and experience in the field of innovation policy led him to advise in Spain the Fundacion I+E (a foundation devoted to improving the innovation framework for investments). He also regularly lectures at University CEU Cardenal Herrera of Valencia on EU Affairs & Interest Representation.
Eduardo holds a Master’s Degree in EU Diplomacy and International Relations from the College of Europe (Bruges), and a master degree in Political and Administrative Sciences from University CEU Cardenal Herrera of Valencia. He is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Portuguese.Collapse
Stefan Schepers concentrates on aligning between corporate strategy and public policy and on innovating the business-government interface.
In his previous position, director-general of the European Institute of Public Administration (1981-1990), he learned that overlooking governance organisation and tools always comes at a high price: deteriorating framework conditions for competitiveness and weakening social fabric. Modern public governance has traditionally been focussed on capital allocation, market regulation, social protection. How will these functions be exercised in a digitalised economy and society?
Currently he serves as secretary general of the High Level Group on Innovation Policy Management, a tripartite independent group of experts.
As a consultant to business and government since 1990, he saw that in today's deeply competitive and over supplied market, the role of directors and top management is crucial for continued and sustained enterprise success. The hard side to strategy no longer offers competitive advantage. It are intangibles, reputation, brand strength, regulatory risk management and public policy alignment that offer the critical differentiator.
He is visiting professor European Studies at the Henley Business School, University of Reading (UK).
He was elected as member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts and recently as a member of its Senate.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Academy of Business in Society (ABIS).
Stefan Schepers, a Belgian national, holds Master degrees in Law (University of Leuven, Belgium) and in European Studies (University of Strasbourg, France), and a PH.D. in Political Science (University of Edinburgh, Great Britain). He operates in English, French, Dutch and German and has a working knowledge of Spanish.
He co-edited, with Andrew Kakabadse, ‘Rethinking the Future of Europe’ (2014) and, with Klaus Gretschmann ‘Revolutionising EU Innovation Policy’ (2016). For his other publications and more details see www.stefanschepers.eu.Collapse
His extensive experience as a competition lawyer in handling the complex interface between legal, economic and political aspects of anti-trust and merger & acquisition cases has brought Julius Waller a grateful following of top managers from corporations whose problems he helped to solve.Read more
Analyzing a case is an important element of success, but the right political instinct, and his believe in it, is a rare addition which has given him a 100% success rate since nearly 20 years, be it by helping clients to obtain approval for their merger or acquisition, or successfully defending clients from hostile takeover attempts. Moving early in the procedure beyond the strict legal approach, he helps European and national authorities to take a comprehensive view of the case and of many potential scenarios in the market in which it plays out. This in turn contributes to the general interest.
Since joining EPPA, Julius Waller has enjoyed also working on developing the regulatory architecture for high technology sectors, be it telecommunications, chemistry or computing technologies; or in ensuring economically sensible application of existing regulations. In line with EPPA’s approach of serving the public and the private interest simultaneously by intertwining them in a constructive dialogue, his sector knowledge made him an equally trusted advisor to public authorities, and some of his work, for example on socio-economic studies in the context of regulatory implementations, has become the accepted standard for the industry sector concerned.
Julius Waller’s expertise and experience allows clients to maintain strategic focus when working in multi-layered governance systems such as the EU. It allows him to guide clients through the complex interplay between the EU institutions and Member States’ governments, complicated ‘comitology’ procedures and a myriad of committees, made up of national and EU officials, which implement regulations.
He achieved a place even in Euro history, by intervening on behalf of the vendor machine business in redesigning €0.20 cent and €0.50 cent coins and ensuring that also blind people could safely distinguish between them.
Before joining EPPA, he served as Deputy Secretary General of the large Dutch Publishers Association.
Julius Waller holds a Master degree in European Competition Law from the University of Leiden (NL) where he graduated in 1991. He is fluent in Dutch, English, French, and German and speaks reasonable Portuguese, a memory from a childhood in Brazil.
He is a director of EPPA.Collapse