Areas of expertise
We are experts in the fields below, but our fields of expertise are constantly expanding depending on our clients’ needs.
The EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is at the heart of the EU project: EU crop and livestock farmers’ activities are mostly regulated by the EU institutions. Aliénor works hand in hand with its clients to promote their best practices through transparent and constructive dialogue. Our objective is to achieve balanced, sustainable agricultural policy decisions that also value human interests. Our team works on several EU and national policies related to agriculture, as shown below.
- Farm to Fork Strategy
- Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)
- Promotion of agricultural products
- Animal welfare
- Animal health
- Organic farming
Aliénor regularly organises farm visits, allowing policymakers and any other interested stakeholders to get to know a sector better through a field experience. These visits give farmers the opportunity to have direct exchanges with policymakers.
Aliénor has launched and provides the secretariat of AREME, an association gathering around the same table different organisations sharing a common goal of making the recycling of small aluminium packaging a reality and developing activities to achieve this objective. Aliénor’s activities go from developing and implementing lobbying strategies for the working group, facilitating the exchange of knowledge (including technical knowledge) and organising visits and tests on the field.
In a world of limited resources, Aliénor supports its clients in their initiatives to ensure that technical and logistical solutions are in place, helping them close the loop and achieve their environmental policy objectives. Aliénor’s circular-economy experts work on different policies aiming at attaining the objectives of a more circular economy.
At the EU level and in the framework of the EU Green Deal:
- Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability and related legislation (REACH, etc.)
- Circular Economy Action Plan, including waste management legislation and initiatives
At the national level (Belgium and Luxembourg):
- Waste management legislation and systems
- Extended producer responsibilities
- Life cycle assessment
Europe is a land of traditions, know-how and beauty. It is home to the world's most prestigious craftsmen. These sectors rely on SMEs that must comply with a variety of EU policies. Aliénor takes part in the promotion of their know-how and interests. Our team works on different policies related to these sectors, such as:
- Consumer policy
- Due diligence
- The fight against money laundering
- Mutual recognition of goods
- International trade
After a meeting organised by Aliénor between DG GROW and the European Federation of Jewellery (EFJ) to exchange on the sustainable supply chain of minerals, the EFJ was invited to become a member of an Advisory Board of the European Commission. This Board aimed at the creation of an online tool to help SMEs to apply due diligence for a responsible sourcing of minerals. Alienor has enabled the EFJ to fully contribute to the creation of this tool via the Board.
The platform “Due Diligence Ready” was launched in November 2019. It gives SMEs an easy access to a large number of useful documents for a simple and effective execution of their due diligence.
Aliénor has created and runs the secretariat of the European Parliament Forum on Recreational Fisheries and Aquatic Environment (RecFishing Forum) since 2014. This informal group gathering EU stakeholders, MEPs and other relevant EU decision-makers has helped our clients raising awareness on the important consequences of EU decisions on their sector.
Fisheries and aquaculture
Few economic sectors are more affected by the EU decisions than the fisheries and aquaculture sectors. Our objective is to achieve with our clients a sustainable, fair and competitive blue growth for the future. Aliénor has developed sound expertise in this field, particularly in relation to the EU policies concerning sea and inland waters, such as:
- The Common Fisheries Policy
- The EU aquaculture initiatives such as the Strategic Guidelines for the Development of EU Aquaculture
- The Common Market Organisation for fisheries and aquaculture products
- The Water Framework Directive
Mobility and sustainability will be inseparable concepts in the future. Aliénor wants to help its clients push for the policy changes and adaptations needed to achieve the ambitious EU objectives in this field. Aliénor’s mobility experts work on different policies related to the development of sustainable mobility solutions, such as:
- The Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy
- The Directive on Alternative Fuels Infrastructure
- The Energy Taxation Directive
- The Batteries Regulation
- Vehicles’ environmental performances
- The Trans-European Transport Network regulation
Aliénor has created the Sustainable Mobility European Platform in 2020 and runs its secretariat. The Platform is a multi-stakeholders, multi-sector and European informal discussion group which provides a unique space for dialogue, debate and networking opportunities for mobility stakeholders, MEPs and other relevant EU decision-makers. By facilitating the secretariat of this discussion group, Aliénor offers to its clients an additional channel to bring forward their policy priorities and recommendations, as well as possibilities for more synergies to provide answers to the complex challenge of making mobility more sustainable across Europe.