Public Affairs: The Week in Lobbying

O2 has shortlisted three consultancies for its public affairs account, with final pitches due to take place as PRWeek went to press. Thirty-five agencies initially expressed interest, after the review was reported in PRWeek (13 August). The field was whittled down to seven, including incumbent Bell Pottinger. But UK head of public affairs Steven Bartholomew declined to reveal the final three.

Lobbyists have been accused of interfering in Ireland's second Lisbon Treaty referendum 'to shore up the EU institutions they make profits from lobbying'. An email was sent on 15 September by Eamonn Bates, a Brussels lobbyist, to members of the European Public Affairs Consultancy Association, asking for financial support for the 'Yes' campaign.

Hill & Knowlton has appointed a new MD for its Belgian public affairs operation. Carel du Marchie Sarvaas will report to Elaine Cruikshanks, CEO Hill & Knowlton International Belgium and chairman of the global public affairs practice. He joins H&K from The Centre.

Weber Shandwick has signed up Marie-Helene Fandel as a senior consultant based in the Brussels public affairs office. Since 2005, Fandel has worked as a policy analyst at the European Policy Centre think-tank. She will advise on healthcare.

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