Explico is an independent public policy and outsourced diplomacy boutique with particular expertise in political risk management and trade promotion in the European Union (EU). Explico is also a founding affiliated partner of Acquis EU Law & Policy, a new, independent, multinational partnership established in Brussels in 2020 which offers EU policy and regulatory advice for clients that have an interest in, or are affected by EU policy and legislation.
Established in 2011, Explico's name derives from our drive to explain the complexities of politics and regulation of the EU to private and public sector entities with interests here. For our corporate clients, our mission is to help them understand, analyse and mitigate political risk in Europe by providing valuable information and in-depth analyses of the evolving political environment. For our foreign government clients, our mission is to help them to enhance their diplomatic, political, economic, and cultural engagement by strengthening their countries' bilateral relations through government-to-government, business-to-business, and people-to-people networks. We apply a fact-based approach and operate strictly transparently, in full compliance with the prevailing anti-corruption laws.
Our experts based in our Budapest and Brussels offices and throughout Europe draw on their experience in the fields of civil service, law, governmental affairs and corporate diplomacy to provide a range of strategic advisory services. All are experts who understand how Europe's complex history and the rise of populist politics each affect the way national governments operate and how domestic and EU interests interact. We provide trusted, ethical, and professional services to help businesses recognize and mitigate political and regulatory risk, allowing them to capitalise on the opportunities afforded by accessing EU markets and citizens.
Our mastery of EU political networks, as well as our skillset in public policy, regulatory affairs, and communication, further combined with our legal and trade promotion capabilities, makes Explico a good match for those seeking to optimise business and trade opportunities in Europe.
Multinational companies operating in this part of the world often feel perplexed by the complexity of EU processes. Businesses seeking to grow in the EU require responses to such risks that are locally tailored while corresponding to the expectations of a multinational company. We are able to translate EU challenges to the language spoken in global board rooms and help our clients to analyse and mitigate the effect of political risk on their EU operations. Many of our clients are Fortune 500 companies with a commercial interest in the EU or which seek to use their Central and Eastern European regional presence as leverage in pursuing public policy aims in Brussels.
Many countries' foreign affairs ministries, especially outside Europe, lack the resources and local knowledge to maintain an effective presence in every EU Member States. We help our foreign government clients to enhance their diplomatic, political, economic, and cultural engagement by strengthening their countries' bilateral relations through government-to-government, business-to-business and people-to-people networks.
By providing tailor-made strategic advice, we help our corporate clients understand and manage political, regulatory and policy risk in the EU – our expertise in identifying, analysing, and mitigating such risks ensures that our clients' businesses can focus on sustainable profit and growth.
We do this by working closely with our clients to understand their goals, needs, priorities and interests and then provide the support needed to realise them. We provide a range of analytic tools and services to help our clients achieve long-term growth, including:
Our outsourced diplomacy services for foreign governments may include:
We regularly interact on our government clients' behalf with government ministries and major authorities on both working and political levels, including meetings with serving ministers, serving MEPs and MPs, state secretaries and various heads of government agencies, as well as political advisors, opinion leaders, and journalists. In doing so, we operate to the highest professional standards with respect to confidentiality, governance accountability, and transparency both with our government clients and on their behalf.
Acquis-Explico have a diverse international team comprised of Belgian, British, Dutch, Croatian, German, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian, Slovakian, and Syrian staff members located in Budapest and Brussels offices and across Europe.
Our capabilities paired with our Brussels presence through our affiliated partner Acquis EU Law & Policy and close cooperation with some of the most prominent public policy firms in Brussels gives us access to an extensive global network of public policy advisors, enabling us to take on pan-European assignments.