ROME: Public affairs and lobbying firm APCO is planning to launch its fifth wholly owned European office in Rome within the next month.
ROME: Public affairs and lobbying firm APCO is planning to launch
its fifth wholly owned European office in Rome within the next
The office will be headed by Italian national Ivo Ilic Gabara, who
joined APCO last September from the European Commission’s press and
information section in Sarajevo, which he headed.
’Italy has witnessed a political and economic ’big bang’ provoked by
membership of the European Monetary Union and financial globalization,’
Ilic Gabara said. ’It is remodeling its economic and financial
structures and this, together with the introduction of new regulation
and extensive privatization programs, offers unparalleled business
The Rome office will boast 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 10 years as a journalist, writing about European
affairs (specifically European Union-Italian relations) for publications
including The Wall Street Journal Europe and the Italian geo-political
review Limes. In 1995, he launched the Brussels-based press agency EU
Watch and served as its editor. He left to work for the European
Commission in Sarajevo in 1997.
APCO’s other European offices are located in London, Brussels, Paris and
Geneva. The Geneva outpost opened last autumn (PRWeek, Oct. 4, 1999) and
is headed by John Weekes, formerly Canada’s ambassador to the WTO.