Whatever their different ambitions in each of the countries in the Region for steady advancement towards EU membership, all countries need to adopt a huge body of legislation in the process of harmonization with the ECS. Without doubt, changes in the legal framework directly affect business, since they will entail immense transformation of the dynamics of the economy. An impact assessment must be prepared, taking into consideration this external factor, as well as internal developments and features specific to each country which make their accession to the EU different from the earlier rounds of enlargement. As the negotiations continue, and further legislation is adopted into the national legal system, changes in the economic environment become more apparent, stressing the need for an impact assessment.

Our initial focus in establishing an impact assessment is to analyse the preparation and negotiations in all sectors in order to determine which standards and regulations are relevant to the business community and to match up business sectors with relevant problems. This exercise provides a framework that allows ECS-BRUSSELS to determine the most suitable method to study the impact assessment for each sector match, since each match would require a different approach. After picking the proper method of study, the impact assessment itself is executed on a sectoral basis, which includes an evaluation of the state of affairs and the anticipated impact, along with possible measures to prevent any harm, while seizing potential opportunities. Finally, the outcome of this study is delivered to the beneficiary in an easy-to-understand format.

We rely on integrated EU Lobbying, which means that the three most important EU institutions – the Parliament, the Commission and the Council – get drawn into the strategic planning. This also includes the national perspective of each member state whose interests are represented by the Council.

Networking is the support given in the establishment of contacts to the decision makers in politics, media and civil society. In addition, advice is given on the expansion and maintenance of individual contact networks.

Support and advice is given in creating an EU presence and in aiming to achieve an optimal position with respect to the EU institutions and organisations. This includes staff training in the field of EU Lobbying. We also offer to carry out representational duties in Brussels, and are prepared to provide the necessary infrastructure.

Monitoring is the continuous observation and research of developments, decisions, topics and programmes which are relevant for an organization or company. This includes providing and processing information and documents, as well as identifying communication channels and organizational structures. Through identifying relevant topics and issues at an early stage, the continuous monitoring system provides the ability to serve as an early-warning system.

Political and business intelligence is an integral part of our activities. We offer an informed, value-added and tailored service. The business intelligence gained is invaluable, helping to guide business strategies, shape key messages and deliver the quantitative and qualitative measures that our clients value.

Strategy consulting provides an analysis of the relevant framework conditions, players and vested interests within the political field. The aim is to outline the decision range and derive various decision options. In order to implement a possible decision alternative it is important to have a good level of communication and coordination with relevant partners and contacts.

Investor relations – the art of communicating with existing and potential owners – have become an important task for every management group. Consistency and a long-term perspective are essential elements in communicating with financial markets.

The following are the main groups of financial advisory offered by ECS-BRUSSELS:

  • Advisory related to project finance / public private partnership (PPP) projects.
  • Advisory related to financial and operational restructuring.
  • Advisory related to capital market issues.
  • M&A advisory.
  • Market analysis (covering Region).
  • Private equity / assistance with deal sourcing.

The funds acquisition service provides an opportunity for observation of the European funding programmes and proposals. The service also ensures support during co-operation with decision-makers in the early planning stages of new programmes and legislative processes. In addition, our funds acquisition service offers guidance in processing project proposals, mediates between contacts, and helps in establishing new strategic relationships. Finally, the service also provides support during the implementation of acquisition negotiations.

Events are a key element in making acquaintanceships with organizations and companies. It is an excellent opportunity to establish contacts and create a dialogue with the decision-makers in political and economic areas. Our service includes guidance and support in the planning and implementation processes of international events.

ECS provides customized training programmes to help strengthen the level of competence of in-house managers and their staff

Our management consultants provide expertise, coaching, training and referrals.
Capacity-building refers to activities that improve an organization’s ability to achieve its mission, or a person’s ability to define and realize his/her goals, or to do his/her job more effectively. For organizations, capacity-building may relate to almost any aspect of their work: improved governance, leadership, mission and strategy, administration (including human resources, financial management, and legal matters), programme development and implementation, fundraising and income generation, diversity, partnerships and collaboration, evaluation, advocacy and policy change, marketing, positioning, planning, etc.

Studies and analysis in the area of European affairs and corporate strategy are made either thematically, problem-orientated or according to the decision process, fitted to the given situation. The aim is to generate suitable knowledge which can be utilized accordingly.

Every economic and political process in any country in the Region is clearly inextricable from the enlargement dynamics of the European Union overall. Four primary steps are now under observation by all affected parties:

  • Privileged relationship with EU neighbours
  • Preparation for the membership
  • Accession period
  • Post-Accession period