ROME: Lobbying firm APCO is due to launch its fourth wholly-owned
European office, located in Italy, within the next month.
The office will be headed by Italian national Ivo Ilic Gabara, who
joined APCO in September 1999 from the European Commission’s press and
information section in Sarajevo, which he headed.
Ilic Gabara said: ’Italy has witnessed a political and economic ’big
bang’ provoked by membership of the European Monetary Union and
financial globalisation. It is remodelling its economic and financial
structures and this, together with the introduction of new regulation
and extensive privatisation programmes, offers unparalleled business
The Rome office will have an initial team of four, supported by four
experienced Italian-speaking consultants in APCO’s Brussels office. The
consultancy will offer public affairs, media relations and strategic
Ilic Gabara worked for ten years as a journalist, writing about European
affairs, in particular EU-Italian relations, for publications including
the Wall Street Journal Europe and the monthly Italian geo-political
review Limes. In 1995 he launched and was editor of Brussels-based press
agency EU Watch. He left to work for the commission in Sarajevo in
Elsewhere in Europe, APCO has offices in London, Brussels, Paris and
most recently launched one in Geneva. The Geneva office opened last
autumn (PR Week, 24 September 1999) and is headed by John Weekes,
formerly Canada’s ambassador to the World Trade Organisation.