The EU Advocacy Committee has been established to share lobbying best practices, develop our membership’s advocacy skills and be prepared to advocate in favour of association leaders’ interest if ever required at EU level.

The EU Advocacy Committee aims to respond to the 3 main objectives: training, information sharing and networking. Advocacy skills need to develop in order to cope with the developing framework of advocacy. Therefore the committee aims to identify these trends shaping the future advocacy environment, provides insights into the profile of the Public Affairs leader and gathers information on tools required to provide a good lobby practice. These evolving insights provide the framework to set training and sharing best practices aiming to improve the leadership skills of association executives. The sharing of these insights is done through the organisation of events on best practices, identification of training possibilities of service providers as well as in the discussions amongst the association leaders in committee meetings.  The implementation and use of e.g. digitalisation in the advocacy planning is a challenge to be embraced in order to be prepared to advocate in the future and hence will be one of the topics of a next event.

Committee Chair: Wouter Lox, Secretary General at AIJN


The precise objectives of the Committee will be determined in 1Q2017 based on the input received from the Committee members.


The Committee will consist of a Chair appointed by the ESAE President and volunteer members, who are full ESAE members or partners. Any ESAE member can join the Committee, following a call for members and will be appointed by the Board.


Meetings of the EU Advocacy Committee will be held at least bi-annually. A schedule of meetings will be developed and agreed to annually, depending on the Committee objectives. Meetings will be held in Brussels with an option of virtual attendance, or as virtual meetings. 


It is preferable that decisions of the Committee are made by consensus; however there may be circumstances where a matter is decided by single majority vote.