Public Affairs: The Week in Lobbying

Grayling has insisted it has not lobbied for Belarus, following protests outside the office this week.

CEO Michael Murphy spoke out after the PR agency was targeted by protesters, including the actor Jude Law, over its work in the country. Murphy insisted: 'Grayling does not, nor has it ever, done any work for the government of Belarus, lobbied on its behalf or otherwise acted as an advocate for the government or its policies.'

The Rugby Football Union has appointed Ben Calveley as head of international and public affairs. He joins the RFU in June from UK Sport, where he is head of corporate and international relations. Calveley will report to RFU comms director Peter Thomas.

Ellwood and Atfield has identified four success factors for European trade associations in a new report, Key Success Factors for European Associations, based on interviews with 70 industry experts. Brussels is home to around 1,500 European business organisations or trade associations.

EuroCommerce, the lobby group for the retail, wholesale and international trade sectors in Europe,has recruited Christian Verschueren as director-general. He is currently director-general of the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment.

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