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Study confirms: Brussels is the EU’s lobbying capital

How do companies approach public affairs management and lobbying? To answer that question, the Public Affairs Council surveyed a number of enterprises last year, with turnovers ranging from less than 10 million to hundreds of billions. 

EU institutions

The results showed that 61% of companies base their public affairs office in Belgium – and Flanders as a region – or employ lobbying firms based in Brussels. The most popular use of these contractors is to directly lobby relevant EU institutions.

On average, a quarter of an enterprise’s public affairs management budget goes to hiring contractors to promote their interests, primarily via trade associations and interest groups.

European Parliament in Brussels

About Belgium and Flanders

With Dutch as its official language, Flanders (Dutch: Vlaanderen) is the northern region of Belgium. The capital of both Belgium and Flanders is Brussels.

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