EU crisis management: Do good and talk about it!

EU crisis management: Do good and talk about it!

“After a decade of crisis management (financial crisis, refugee crisis, Brexit, etc.) Europe is still preoccupied with itself and is neither able to look beyond its own horizons, nor to follow the dynamics of geopolitics. Now Europe’s main focus lies on tackling the current pandemic while the challenges in the neighborhood and beyond still remain, take the influence of China or Russia for instance. The slow response and lack of crisis communication of the EU as well as unilateral decisions by its member states at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis led also to the fact that powers such as China or Russia had an easy ride to spoil the image of the EU. It is unacceptable that we allow to be made fools of ourselves by so-called and often useless aid deliveries from Moscow and Beijing, while huge amounts of EU financial assistance to pandemic-hit countries receive little or no attention in the public.

In the current crisis there are two major tasks for the EU: 1. Do good and talk about it. In principle the European Commission should adopt this motto in order to win the hearts and minds of Europeans in order to strengthen he integrity of the EU. 2. An economic power like the EU urgently need a strong message and comprehensive strategy to compete in the geopolitical arena”.

The focus of our discussion will be crisis communication of the EU, things done wrong and right, and ways to overhaul overall EU communication patterns. The imbalance of EU financial support vs that of China and Russia is well known, but it doesn’t change public perceptions. So how can the EU “promote” its efforts properly, and really reach its citizens? 

We will look for answers to these questions during our [already] traditional weekly #StayOn talks. Join us to share your views on the subject during the next round of discussions (in English), scheduled for Thursday April 23, 17h CET.  Oliver Rolofs, our quest speaker from Germany, will lead the discussion and answer your questions. 

 

Oliver Rolofs is Managing Partner of the Munich based strategy consultancy Connecting Trust. He looks back on a successful fifteen year’s career in politics, business and communications, international conference organization and strategy consulting for political decision makers and business leaders. Prior to joining Connecting Trust he worked as Global Head of Media Relations for the strategy consultancy firm Roland Berger. Earlier he was the longstanding Head of Communications for the internationally renowned Munich Security Conference where he also established the cybersecurity and energy security programs.  Previously he worked as a parliamentary assistant and head of a parliamentary office in the European Parliament. He studied political science, international law and sociology and graduated with a Master’s degree from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. In addition to that he serves as a Reserve Officer in the German Army and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel  (in this capacity he completed several assignments as a Press Officer in the NATO and EU peace missions in former Yugoslavia). Oliver provides advice to assist clients in solving a multitude of issues in the field of strategic communication, public and governmental affairs, reputation management, brand positioning, establishment of new dialogue formats, event moderation, M&A, business development focusing on cybersecurity, resilience, new technologies and politics but also on interfaith questions.

Should you wish to take part in the upcoming discussion please fill in the registration form. 

The REGISTRATION DEADLINE is 22 April (Wednesday), 23h CET.

A confirmation and Zoom meeting code will be sent to your mailbox by Thursday April 23, 12h CET. 

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the responsible project manager Evgenia Jarabik at evgenia.jarabik@schuman-institute.eu.  Looking forward to see you all in our chat room!

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