Railtrack, the UK tracks authority, has decided against
putting its pounds 100,000 European lobbying account with a
single agency in favour of a ’custom- built’ team led by Brussels
lobbying firm Cabinet Stewart.
The company decided to split the work after seeing presentations
from five firms, including incumbent GPC Market Access Europe and
APCO Europe (PR Week, 7 March).
Cabinet Stewart will handle the bulk of the work such as lobbying
and contact building, while monitoring will be done by
Railtrack’s Brussels law firm Simmons and Simmons.
Spada, a London-based firm specialising in regional funding
issues has also been hired to work with Railtrack’s regional
offices on submissions for EU funds.
Philip Dewhurst, Railtrack’s director of corporate affairs, said
the company had chosen to split the work because of the
complexity of the brief. It put the business up for review last
month after setting up its own Brussels office, saying it no
longer needed ’so much arms and legs work’.
Dewhurst said the main priority for Railtrack was to make sure it
got its share of EU funds but it was also important that the
company had an input into ’the European railway debate’.
The EC issued a white paper on revitalising the EU’s railways
This proposes a split between the infrastructure and the
operators similar to that in the UK.
’Having seen how privatisation has worked in Britain, other
countries are looking at it and we want to make sure we are in a
position to show leadership,’ said Dewhurst.