"EUIT is a non-colored analysis of what’s going on. It offers a non-partisan look at what’s happening now and what might come next."Stefano Marmo, Policy Manager
AmCham EU speaks for American companies committed to Europe on trade, investment and competitiveness issues. It aims to ensure a growth-oriented business and investment climate in Europe. “Our bread and butter is the single market and trade,” explains Stefano Marmo, policy manager at AmCham EU. “We also heavily focus on a whole breadth of issues, such as sustainability, digital, healthcare and financial services, just to name a few.”
With a policy team of nine people and over 80 files to keep track of, Marmo and his colleagues recognized a demand for a software solution to help them cover all of their policy needs. “We were looking for a service that would allow us to follow all of our policy areas. It is challenging to find a service that can cover so many areas in depth.” In 2018, AmCham EU partnered with FiscalNote to deploy EU Issue Tracker (EUIT). EUIT is FiscalNote’s European Union regulatory monitoring service. It tracks dossiers as they move through the EU institutions and combines human analysis — written by our policy team in Brussels — with technology to distribute it to clients.
Bolstering their Policy Strategy
Marmo and his colleagues have come to rely on EUIT not only for their day-to-day work, but when preparing their long-term lobbying strategy. “There can be a lot of white noise and updates occurring that don’t necessarily change the course of your strategy,” explains Marmo. “EUIT is a non-colored analysis of what’s going on. It offers a non-partisan look at what’s happening now and what might come next. It also provides relevant documents for context. This monitoring tool is really useful to strengthen our understanding of how files develop.” Finding the most relevant data at the right time can be a big time saver. For AmCham EU, they needed a tool that allowed them to cut through the noise and get down to the crux of every issue.
“EUIT comes in handy for any issues we need to lead directly, or where we need to have the latest intelligence."Stefano Marmo, Policy Manager
Keeping Stakeholders Informed
EUIT has also helped AmCham EU’s policy team prepare for committee meetings and set their policy priorities for the year. “We are a member-led association and we meet monthly to set the strategy and priorities for the coming months. We follow all issues but some are more member-led,” says Marmo. “EUIT comes in handy for any issues we need to lead directly, or where we need to have the latest intelligence. The tool also helps us prepare for member meetings and come into those situations in more of an advisor role.” EUIT has become a go-to tool for meeting preparation.
Coping With a Global Pandemic
With the COVID-19 outbreak in March, AmCham EU’s operations were moved online. “All our member companies were impacted by the pandemic; many working hard to ensure business continuity and provide support to the communities where they operate. As AmCham EU, we provided a service to our members through our COVID-19 portal to help them understand what was happening day to day, especially as measures were different across EU member states. We relied on FiscalNote for some of this information.” AmCham EU also shared FiscalNote data with their executive leadership team to inform them of the latest developments. “FiscalNote was key and very helpful during that time,” says Marmo.