Association Leadership Academy: 11th December 2018.  

2019: How to navigate a year of change

At this last Association Leadership Academy session of 2018, Richard Steel, Senior Associate at Interel will present his deep insights into key EU developments in the coming months.

2019 is scheduled to be a momentous year of change, with European parliamentary elections in May and the ensuing appointment of the new Commission.  Richard will also address the appointment of the new President of the European Council who will need to ensure unity among an increasingly fractious group of EU leaders. There are 10 national elections to take place before the end of 2019 and this is likely to radically change the Council’s composition.

Richard will guide participants through the Spitzenkandidat process and the manifestos of the leading political parties.  He will present and describe each step in the political decision making process with an emphasis on:

  • The European Council of June 2019, where a decision is expected on the allocation of top jobs;
  • The appointment of the new European Parliament and Commission Presidents in July 2019;
  • The announcement of the Commissioner  portfolios and their hearings in the EP, slated for October 2019; and
  • The expected work programme of the new Commission President (based on the respective political manifestos).

As usual, Richard will comment on what these events mean for Brussels associations and NGOs, which decisions in particular should be assessed in detail and what role you might play as association leaders.


Who should attend?:

This session is intended for Secretaries General, Directors General, Heads of Public Affairs and staff involved in developing the association advocacy strategies.

When and Where:

The session will take place from 1200 to 1400 at Rue du Luxembourg 22-24, B-1000, on Tuesday 11th December, 2018. A light meal is provided, courtesy of Interel.

To register, please email:

Speaker Biography:

Richard Steel is a Senior Associate at Interel and heads up its Parliament Intelligence Unit.

Richard has 30 years’ experience of working in and around the European Parliament, informing and advising clients on the latest developments, and providing early warning on what lies ahead. He has worked for a large number of international corporations and trade associations, mainly in the fields of energy, environment, food, and health. He gives regular talks on the new powers and personalities in Parliament. He has attended over 200 plenary sessions in Strasbourg and writes a monthly “Postcard from Strasbourg”, giving a light-hearted account of the weeks’ proceedings.

Richard is happy to call himself Scottish, British, and European while those three options remain open to him!

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