APCO – European Institutional Changes 2014: Potential impact on the ICT industry

An analysis of the potential impact the EU 2014 institutional changes may have on the ICT industry, has been prepared by APCO Worldwide’s office in Brussels.

From 22-25 May 2014, EU voters will go to the polls to elect 751 Members of the European Parliament and decide the direction of Europe for the next five years. In November, a new College of Commissioners is scheduled to take office, and a new President of the European Council will be appointed on 1 December 2014.

Up to half of the next Parliament’s MEPs are expected to be new, and only a few of the current Commissioners are likely to remain for a new term. Brussels will see new heroes (and anti-heroes) as well as the return of current players. Furthermore, this institutional transition is likely to be particularly notable due to continued economic and political uncertainty across Europe, e.g. rising left-wing and right-wing Eurosceptic movements.