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Jasper Nagtegaal Managing Partner at Dr2 Consultants

Dr2 Consultants is pleased to announce Jasper Nagtegaal (1985) as new Managing Partner. Nagtegaal has a professional background in maritime and logistics, he has fulfilled several pivotal roles predominantly related to Public Affairs and Business Development.

Jasper Nagtegaal will succeed Marlene ten Ham, who will return with her family to the Netherlands. Ten Ham – who contributed to the impressive growth of Dr2 Consultants over the previous ten years – will continue to work for organisations in (re)shaping their corporate and external affairs. Ten Ham will remain involved as Dr2 Associate Partner.

At Dr2 Consultants, alongside Managing Partner Margreet Lommerts, Nagtegaal will manage the international team of twenty colleagues and work for a wide range of clients including corporations, NGOs and European associations. Nagtegaal is looking forward to contributing to the further expansion of Dr2 Consultants in Brussels.

We are looking for a Public Affairs Consultant

Expiration date: 25 May 2020

Country/City: Belgium, Brussels

Experience: 5-7 years (in Brussels)

Contact name: Viktoria Vajnai

Contact e-mail address: V.Vajnai@Dr2consultants.eu

 

Job Description

Operate in the heart of Brussels, contribute to satisfied clients and celebrate successes with colleagues. This is what your job at Dr2 consultants looks like. Our firm grows in a flourishing way and this is why we like to hire talented people.

Do you have a proven track record in the European bubble? Are you able to support our clients in implementing their Public Affairs Strategy? Then we invite you to apply for this Public Affairs Consultant vacancy.

What you will do

  • Develop, manage and deliver creative Public Affairs and lobbying strategies to achieve our clients’ objectives;
  • Advise clients on policy developments across our three focus areas: Digital, Transport and Sustainability;
  • Manage Public Affairs programmes and liaise with relevant stakeholders across the EU institutions;
  • Build and lead clients’ influence in the European Institutions, across governments and other relevant stakeholders;
  • Expand the client portfolio of Dr2 Consultants;
  • Drive business solutions for our clients that will have tangible and quantitative results.

How you can contribute

  • A proven track record of 5-7 years of experience in EU Public Affairs in Brussels;
  • The ability to manage clients independently and cope with multiple priorities;
  • University level education (Master’s degree), preferably in an area related to European studies, economics or law;
  • Previous consultancy experience is an asset;
  • Network in the European sphere;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Excellent analytical skills;
  • Business acumen;
  • Proficiency in English. Knowledge of other European language(s) – particularly Dutch and French – would be a strong asset;
  • Strong computer skills (in particular Microsoft Office, social media).

What we offer

  • A challenging and growing environment where personal development and growth are encouraged;
  • A dynamic and international team of Public Affairs professionals;
  • An attractive and competitive salary

Terms and conditions

To apply for this position, please send your CV and cover letter to Ms. Viktoria Vajnai (v.vajnai@dr2consultants.eu). Applications should be sent not later than 25 May 2020 with ‘Application Public Affairs Consultant’ in the subject line of the email.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

About Dr2 Consultants

Dr2 Consultants is a dynamic Brussels-based consultancy firm. We provide companies, organizations and NGOs with guidance on EU and Belgian affairs in the digital, transport and sustainability policy domains. To discover more about us, please visit our website (www.dr2consultants.eu).

 

European Commission sets out coordinated response to counter the economic impact of COVID-19

On 13 March 2020, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced a set of coordinated measures to fight the COVID-19 outbreak in the EU Member States.

The Commission will use all the instruments at its disposal to mitigate the consequences of the pandemic, in particular:

  • To ensure the necessary supplies to our health systems by preserving the integrity of the Single Market and of production and distribution of value chains;
  • To support people so that income and jobs are not affected disproportionally and to avoid permanent effect of this crisis;
  • To support firms and ensure that the liquidity of our financial sector can continue to support the economy;
  • To allow Member States to act decisively in a coordinated way, through using the full flexibility of our State Aid and Stability and Growth Pact Frameworks.

The Member States are encouraged to take all necessary measures to decrease an economic downturn. The Commission will apply flexibility in its supervisory role, allowing for the implementation of wide ranges of state aid schemes and flexibility in the EU fiscal framework (e.g. wage subsidies, suspension of payments of corporate and value added taxes or social contributions). Also, EU State aid rules enable Member States to help companies that are in need of urgent rescue aid or need to cope with liquidity shortages.

The Commission considers that the COVID-19 pandemic qualifies as an “unusual events outside the control of government”, which allows for accommodating exceptional spending to contain the COVID-19 outbreak such as health care expenditure and targeted relief measures for firms and workers.

In the coming weeks, €1 billion will be redirected from the EU budget as a guarantee to the European Investment Fund to incentivize banks to provide liquidity to SMEs and midcaps.

Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative

Besides measures stemming from national budgets, the European Commission will set up a Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative worth €37 billion to stimulate the economy. In addition, the Commission is proposing to extend the scope of the EU Solidarity Fund by also including a public health crisis within its scope, in view of mobilizing it if needed for the Member States that have been hit hardest.

Transport

The transport sector has been hit especially hard by the spread of COVID-19. According to Von der Leyen, Member States are encouraged to take all necessary measures to support people in certain sectors such as transport, through, for example, short term employment schemes. Article 107 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU enables Member States to compensate companies for the damage directly caused by exceptional occurrences, which is applicable to aviation and tourism.

On aviation, the Commission has proposed targeted legislation to temporarily alleviate airlines from the “use-it-or-lose-it” rule – whereby air carriers must use at least 80% of their airports slots within a given period in order to keep them within the corresponding period of the next year. This is done to lower the economic impact for airlines, as well as the ecological impact of flying empty airplanes to be able to keep the slots. This targeted legislation, however, still has to be approved by the Council (expected next week).

Dr2 Consultants among top EU Public Affairs Consultancies in Brussels

Dr2 Consultants has been shortlisted among the top 60 EU Public Affairs Consultancies in the range of mid-to-large consultancies, published by Best in Brussels. With key sectoral expertise in digital & tech, transport and sustainability sectors, Dr2 Consultants has grown into a well-established consultancy firm and has experienced tremendous growth over the past years.

In 2019, Dr2 Consultants further expanded its client portfolio and grew its team of Public Affairs professionals who provide continuous guidance, support and strategic advice to our clients at both EU and Belgian level.

Furthermore, Dr2 Consultants opened two new offices, in New York City and in Copenhagen which, together with offices in Brussels, The Hague and Shanghai, form part of a network covering three continents and five countries.

In addition, Dr2 Consultants recently launched brand-new services:

  • the European Green Deal Impact Scan that helps companies identify risks and opportunities of new and existing legislation linked to the Commission’s European Green Deal initiatives.
  • the Brexit Office which offers support to organizations from local startups to European associations and corporations planning to settle in Belgium following Brexit.
  • the Dr2 Academy which provides tailor-made coaching for Public Affairs professionals and organizations about the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in the field of EU Public Affairs.

Read our full profile here and get in touch with us for more information on how we can support your business.

 

News alert: Dr2 Consultants launches European Green Deal Impact Scan

The start of the new European Commission marked also the start of a new European Growth Strategy: the European Green Deal. The ultimate goal: to become the first climate-neutral economy by 2050!

The measures stemming from the European Green Deal will provide opportunities but will also pose challenges to businesses. Whether you are a front runner in your respective field or a company which is challenged by these new policies, the European Green Deal will affect your business.

Dr2 Consultants’ experience in dealing with sustainability issues allows us to identify clear-cut opportunities and threats for organizations dealing with the green transition.

Dr2 Consultants has, therefore, developed a ‘European Green Deal Impact Scan’. The Impact Scan will give you a comprehensive overview of how the European Green Deal will affect your business, identifying the opportunities and challenges as well as highlighting moments to positively influence policies and legislation.

If you want to know more about our European Green Deal Impact Scan, please visit our dedicated web page and do not hesitate to reach out to Ward Scheelen via w.scheelen@dr2consultants.eu.

Visit EGD Impact Scan webpage

We are looking for a Digital Public Affairs Trainee

Company profile

Dr2 Consultants is a dynamic Brussels-based consultancy firm that provides companies, organizations and NGOs with guidance on EU and Belgian affairs (www.dr2consultants.eu) in the digital, transport and sustainability policy domains. We are looking for a highly-motivated trainee to assist the Ecommerce Europe team.

Ecommerce Europe is the sole voice of the European Digital Commerce sector. As a result of joining forces with EMOTA, Ecommerce Europe now represents, via its 23 national associations, more than 100,000 companies selling goods and services online to consumers in Europe. Ecommerce Europe acts at European level to help legislators create a better framework for online merchants, so that their sales can grow further.

Job description

  • Preparing background notes, briefings, reports, and articles;
  • Assisting consultants in conducting research, analysis and monitoring activities for Ecommerce Europe;
  • Assist consultants in the development and execution of Public Affairs and communication strategies;
  • Assisting consultants in their interest representation on behalf of Ecommerce Europe;
  • Assist and learn to influence political decision-making through the development and execution of Public Affairs strategies;
  • Assisting the Office Manager with day-to-day administrative duties.

Background and qualifications

  • Graduated from a Master’s degree in a relevant field such as European studies, Political Science, Communication or other relevant education;
  • Previous internship experience within the European Institutions and/or Public Affairs is an asset;
  • Language skills: Excellent spoken and written English (Native-speaker level or equivalent). Knowledge of other languages would be an asset;
  • Strong PC skills (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.);
  • Proactive and dynamic person with excellent communication and personal skills;
  • Flexible work attitude, hands-on mentality, able to work on multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Sound interest in digital and circular economy related policies at European level.

Terms and conditions

Procedure

To apply please send your CV and cover letter explaining why you would be the right candidate for this position to Ms. Maike Jansen at m.jansen@dr2consultants.eu. Applications should be sent as soon as possible and no later than 26 February COB with ‘Digital Public Affairs Trainee Ecommerce Europe’ as subject line. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Traineeship opportunity at Dr2 Consultants

Company profile

Dr2 Consultants is a dynamic Brussels-based consultancy firm that provides companies, organizations and NGOs with guidance on EU and Belgian affairs (www.dr2consultants.eu) in the digital, transport and sustainability policy domains. We are looking for a highly-motivated Dutch-speaking trainee to assist our team.

Job description

  • Preparing background notes, briefings, reports, and articles;
  • Assisting consultants in conducting research, analysis and monitoring activities for their clients;
  • Assisting consultants in the development and execution of Public Affairs and communication strategies;
  • Assisting consultants in their interest representation on behalf of their clients;
  • Assisting and learning how to influence political decision-making through the development and execution of Public Affairs strategies;
  • Assisting the Office Manager with day-to-day administrative duties.

Background and qualifications

  • Graduated from a Master’s degree in a relevant field such as European studies, Political Science, Communication or other relevant education;
  • Previous internship experience within the European Institutions and/or Public Affairs is an asset;
  • Language skills: Excellent spoken and written Dutch and English (Native-speaker level or equivalent). Knowledge of other languages would be an asset;
  • Strong PC skills (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.);
  • Proactive and dynamic person with excellent communication and personal skills;
  • Flexible work attitude, hands-on mentality, able to work on multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Sound interest in digital, transport and circular economy related policies at European (and Belgian) level.

Terms and conditions

Procedure

To apply please send your CV and cover letter explaining why you would be the right candidate for this position to: m.jansen@dr2consultants.eu. Applications should be sent as soon as possible and no later than 13 February COB with ‘Application Public Affairs Trainee’ as subject line. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

News alert: Dr2 Consultants opens Brexit office

Tomorrow, on 31 January, the United Kingdom will officially leave the European Union, and the two parties will have eleven months to negotiate a formal trade agreement regulating trade relations between from 2021 onwards.

The Brexit brings uncertainties for companies currently based in the UK with many of them considering to move their headquarters to the EU where they can enjoy the benefits of the single market. Being the capital of the European Union and having an excellent geographical location with the vicinity of other European capitals, it is no surprise that numerous companies have looked at Belgium as a potential new location. Belgium is strategically located in the heart of Europe with access to critical infrastructure for maritime, rail and road transport.

Belgium, however, having no less than six governments, is a complicated political environment, where competences are spread over different levels. Guidance in the Belgian and European maze is therefore essential to develop businesses in Belgium.

Dr2 Consultants, a well-established Public Affairs consultancy based in Brussels, helps businesses find their best locations in Belgium and assist them to build constructive and long-lasting relations with Belgian and European stakeholders, develop and implement comprehensive Public Affairs strategies.

If you want to know more about our Brexit services, please visit our dedicated web page and do not hesitate to contact us at c.kremer@dr2consultants.eu for more information.

Dr2 Consultants hosts successful transport networking event with focus on sustainability

On 22 January, Dr2 Consultants hosted a transport networking event welcoming over 60 representatives of the transport sector both from EU institutions and private companies.

The event at Holland House provided an opportunity to exchange views about the policy priorities of the EU. The networking event featured two keynote speakers, Mr. Kristijan Ležaić, Counsellor at the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the EU, and Mr. Daniel Mes, member of Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans’ cabinet giving interesting insights about the impact of the European Green Deal on transport.

The Presidency will focus on the improvement and finalization of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) and the achievement of a competitive and sustainable shipping sector. The Croatian Presidency will also try to finalize trilogues on the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) as soon as the negotiations for the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027 are completed.

Mr. Daniel Mes explained that the Commission is committed to work towards a sustainable transport sector that is beneficial for all. The Climate Law that will be presented in February will propose binding targets that will allow the EU to become climate neutral by 2050. Mr. Mes invited stakeholders to take an active role in shaping the EU’s climate agenda.

“At Dr2 Consultants, we promote constant interaction between policymakers and stakeholders in order to ensure future-proof legislation, especially now, at the beginning of the new policy mandate and in view of the challenges the EU is facing. We look back at a successful event and we look forward to gathering colleagues from the transport, digital and sustainability sector in the coming months.”- added Margreet Lommerts, Managing Partner at Dr2 Consultants.

Dr2 Consultants appoints new Junior Partner

Dr2 Consultants is pleased to announce the appointment of Viktoria Vajnai as Junior Partner.

Dr2 Consultants is a well-established consultancy firm situated at the heart of the Brussels’ European Quarter. The consultancy specialises in areas of transport, digital & tech and sustainability. An international team of 20 consultants provide guidance, support and strategic advice to clients in the fields of EU and Belgian Public Affairs, association management, training and coaching, policy monitoring and management consulting. Dr2 Consultants’ network spans across three continents with offices in Brussels, The Hague, Copenhagen, New York City and Shanghai.

We are thrilled about the new role of Viktoria, which will contribute to our ongoing success and growth ambition” said Marlene ten Ham and Margreet Lommerts, Managing Partners of Dr2 Consultants.

Viktoria joined the company in 2017 and has been working as senior consultant advising clients on transport and sustainability. She has 15 years of experience in EU Public Affairs, communication and strategic management. As Junior Partner, Viktoria will work together with the Managing Partners to further expand Dr2 Consultants’ business and service its clients.