A new Commission on ‘EU Policy and Regulations’ was launched in October by Mercedes Sanchez Varela, Head of the new working group. This group is to voice consultants’ interests to the EU players at a top level and provide them with our expertise and experience. It has also the ambition to follow some key EU regulations affecting EU consultancies in order to move forward in a clear, effective and simplified policy environment.
During the meeting, a guest of honor, Member of the European Parliament Ivailo Kalfin, gave a speech on the state of play of the EU financial framework for 2014-2020 and explained his current activities within the Budget Committee, notably related to the European Investment Bank. His input was of great value to the debates, which revolved around EU budget priorities, new innovative financial instruments, rules of procurements and new EU policy priorities and initiatives with a focus on the Digital Agenda’s goals. Before MEP Kalfin’s speech, a working session managed by Mercedes Sanchez Varela set the basis for upcoming activities and commons actions toward the EU institutions.
The Heads of FEACO and the existing working groups on Procurement were given the floor to share their own experiences. A lively roundtable discussion followed, during which participants were able to raise special issues and give their ideas and vision. The good attendance of leaders of management consultancies at this meeting was very encouraging.