ATHENORA celebrates its 15th anniversary !

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ATHENORA CONSULTING, YOUR STRATEGY AND INFLUENCE CONSULTANTs TO THE EU INSTITUTIONS


Athenora Consulting was founded by Stéphane Desselas in 2003. Taking a modern, professional and ethical approach, we help you promote your interests to Brussels. 

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Creation of the European Future Technologies Forum

As part of its development, Athenora Consulting has launched a new think tank and action platform, the European Future Technologies Forum.

The Forum offers an independent platform for deliberation to players working in future technologies such as artificial intelligence, biotechnology, robotics, nanotechnology and Big Data management.

Members include start-ups, large firms, incubators and professional federations.

Network

Athenora joined the Public Relation Global Network in 2007.
Worldwide, the PRGN has more than 40 branches working together on cross-border issues.
Athenora has the support of its European branches when monitoring its clients’ actions nationally.

Publications

Videos (in French)

Le lobbying des Français
Le lobbying à la Commission
Le lobbying au Parlement

Ethics

Lobbying sits at the crossroads of individual interests and general interest.

It is part and parcel of the democratic process and must be clearly defined in order to fulfil its purpose of defending individual interests vis-à-vis the public authorities (see the article about Government-appointed lobbyists).

As a European Public Affairs consultancy, Athenora abides by the codes of conduct of the European Commission and Parliament transparency register and the SEAP (Society of European Public affairs professionals).

We believe lobbying should be professional and transparent and were the first lobbying firm to sign up to the European transparency register as soon as it was launched.

Athenora selects the causes it wishes to promote and makes a conscientious decision not to work with certain sectors (tobacco, strong alcohol, high-fat and high-sugar foods and drinks, weapons) and countries (listed as not free or partly free by the Freedom House Foundation).

Athenora works for a number of freely-selected pro-bono causes.

« Lobbying sits at the crossroads of individual interests and general interest. »

Our clients

Our team

Stéphane Desselas

Founder and President

stephane.desselas at athenora.com
+ 32 2 280 28 01
StephaneDesselas

  • Qualified lawyer, graduate of ESCP (93), degree in Accounting & Financial Studies (DECF)
  • 25 years of experience in European Affairs
  • President of the European Networks Forum
  • Honorary President of the Europe and Social Economic Forum
  • President of the New Lobbyists’ Group (NLG)
  • Senior lecturer at Sciences-Po Paris and the Catholic University of Paris (ICP)
  • Lecturer on the Postgraduate Course in European Studies at the National School of Administration (ENA)
  • French Foreign Trade Consultant (CCEF)
  • Certified coach
  • Consultancy and company development

Natacha Clarac

General Director and Partner

natacha.clarac at athenora.com
+ 32 2 280 39 94

  • Graduate of the Institute for Political Studies (IEP) in Aix en Provence and the Institute of European Studies
  • 15+ years of experience in European affairs
  • President of the Europe and Social Economic Forum
  • President of the Europe & Future Technologies Forum
  • Senior lecturer at the IEP in Aix en Provence
  • Lecturer at the Institute of Advanced Studies in National Defence (IHEDN)
  • Consultancy and influence strategies

Consultants

Mathilde Brasseur

Consultant
mathilde.brasseur at athenora.com
+ 32 2 280 28 01

  • Graduate of the Catholic University of Paris (ICP) and KU Leuven, Masters in European Affairs
  • Four years’ experience in European affairs
  • Policy advisor, Sony Europe
  • Secretary General of the Europe & Future Technologies Forum

Jonathan Veru

Consultant
jonathan.veru at athenora.com
+ 32 2 280 68 98

  • Degree in political sciences and a Master’s in law
  • Four years’ experience in European affairs
  • Representative of the “Cercle de l'industrie” industry forum in Brussels
  • Policy advisor, Eurodom

Benjamin Malliart

Consultant
benjamin.malliart at athenora.com
+ 32 2 280 39 96

  • Graduate of the Institute of European Studies and of the College of Europe, Masters in European Studies
  • Three years’ experience in European Affairs
  • Parliamentary assistant at the European Parliament

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Our services

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Information

  • Decoding the implications of the EU matters which affect our clients, enabling them to plan for changes in legislation
  • Mapping of the relationships of power to identify allies and adversaries
  • Information about EU procedures and schedules so they know the key times to take action
  • Information about networks, appointments and movements in the corridors of power
  • Themed talks to explain the impacts of legislative initiatives

Position

  • Defining a lobbying strategy for the political arena (interests to defend, relationships of power, political acceptability of demands)
  • Putting in place an action plan and schedule
  • Defining the objectives and negotiating positions
  • Drafting responses to consultations, arguments, positions and amendments, in line with the European codes
  • Creating visual documents (infographics, videos, etc.)

Action

  • Creating formal and informal coalitions
  • Taking direct lobbying action (meeting the decision makers, talks, involvement in expert panels, official statements, etc.)
  • Taking indirect lobbying action (think tanks, studies, federations, stakeholders, etc.)
  • Communicating with the media and social media
  • Lobby training to teach our clients how to defend a position before a European decision-maker

Training

Senior lecturers on lobbying at Sciences Po, our partners explain to groups and individuals what EU lobbying involves.
Discover the ATHENORA training catalogue
Athenora runs training sessions at the following schools and institutions:

Our forums

The European Networks Forum brings together energy, transport, water, telecoms and postal companies and professional federations to discuss common issues.

The aim is to pool the problems, talk with European decision-makers and provide information on the current EU situation common to all the networks.

« THE forum DEALS WITH EUROPEAN ISSUES IN THE ENERGY, TRANSPORT, WATER, TELECOMS AND POSTAL SECTORS. »

The Europe and Social Economic Forum brings together organisations (mutual insurance companies, cooperatives, associations/foundations, social protection groups) who wish to discuss the implications of Brussels’ handling of social economic issues.

The aim is to pool their problems, talk with European decision-makers and provide information on the current EU regulations which affect all companies in the social and solidarity economy.

« The AIM OF THE Forum IS TO NARROW THE GULF BETWEEN THE SOCIAL AND SOLIDARITY COMPANIES AND THE EUROPEAN INSTITUTIONS. »

Because digital is one of its specialist areas, in 2018 Athenora created an independent forum for future technologies to encourage dialogue between French market players and European policy officials.

« THE FORUM TACKLES EU ISSUES RELATED TO NEW TECHNOLOGIES, ROBOTICS, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, NANOTECHNOLOGIES, BIOTECHNOLOGIES AND THE INTERNET OF THINGS, WITH A VIEW TO FOSTERING GLOBAL DEBATE. »

The New Lobbyists Group provides its members - all advocates of modern, ethical and professional European lobbying - with a forum for networking and exchange.

Its aim is to share best practices and develop lobbying procedures which are professional and transparent.

« Sharing best practices and developing lobbying procedures which are professional and transparent. »

Contact us

For more information concerning Athenora Consulting, please do not hesitate to contact us

Send us a message

Stéphane DesselasFounder and President


Natacha ClaracGeneral Director and Partner

Phone+ 32 2 280 28 01

Address66, avenue de Cortenbergh
1000 Brussels

Two minutes from the Berlaymont building and the Rond-point Schuman.