EU Lobbying - The Challenges Post Brexit

28/05/19 09:30

The 2016 referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union and the negotiations that followed have presented UK trade associations and their members with unprecedented challenges and opportunities.

At a time when resources in Whitehall have been stretched as never before, Government officials have increasingly turned to trade associations for help and support. Meanwhile, trade associations have been obliged to look again at whether and how they can continue to promote and defend their members’ interests in Brussels.

This one-day workshop will offer a roadmap for negotiating those challenges successfully, showing how trade associations can offer real value to their members at a time of great uncertainty by lobbying both the UK Government and the EU.

The workshop will offer a practical guide to lobbying UK Government Departments and the EU institutions in Brussels to ensure that members’ interests are understood by the officials and politicians responsible for finding ways forward for different sectors of the UK economy. It will offer advice on how to make sure that the voice of UK trade associations continues to be heard in the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Member States, as well as practical guidance on the different roles played in the new environment by UK trade associations and pan European and other national trade associations. By the end of the workshop participants will be confident that they have the knowledge and expertise to lobby on EU-related issues effectively and professionally.

The trainer, Michael Burrell, continues to advise trade associations, building on his long experience of advising associations, companies and others on how to lobby both the European Union and the UK Government. He also regularly runs training courses, drawing on case studies from his own career to bring to life the general principles of good lobbying. Clients that he has advised or trained include the Airport Operators Association, Airlines UK, the Railway Industries Association, Toy Industries of Europe, the Bar Council, BT, Microsoft, Pfizer, Samsung, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and diplomats from six countries in the western Balkans. Michael is Director of the European Centre for Public Affairs (, a Brussels-based think focused on best practice, training and skills development in public affairs. Prior to his public affairs career, where he worked at both Edelman and APCO Worldwide, he was a political journalist, reporting on both EU and UK politics.

Tuesday, 28th May

09.30 - 16.30
(refreshments and lunch will be provided)

99 Bishopsgate

£275 + VAT per person

To reserve your place on this workshop please email ASAP

Cancellations must be made in writing to by Monday, 29 April 2019, we cannot offer a refund after this date.
TAF is not liable for any travel costs associated with our events.


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