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The team behind Access2Europe

Access2Europe is a team of talented and ambitious individuals whose skills complement each other to deliver the best possible product for our clients. We are analytical in our approach, view communication as an art and thoroughly understand the topics that we work on. Moreover, we are of the opinion that IT skills are an obligatory addition to any organisation active in Public Affairs.

As academics in fields closely related to the European Union, we have a firm grasp of its inner workings. This allows us to place our client’s position in the correct context of the Union, and more efficiently communicate their message and goals to the right people. Due to our broad network we can make use of multiple high-level channels to deliver this message.

However, we go further than just utilising the classical approach to communicate our client’s position. Barack Obama has proven the power of digital tools during his election campaign. It astonishes us how little our industry makes effective use of the digital tools at their disposal. We have every intention to change this. Through efficient use of relationship databases, we create a personal network database for each of our clients, linking actors with events, legislation, articles and positions. We apply ‘Digital Content Management’ to our Digital Public Affairs strategy to make our clients visible in every sense of the word. Read more about this here

We take great pride and care for the work that we do. There is nothing that we say or do that does not have a solid reasoning behind it. We start with a concrete EU-strategy in which we specify our client’s position and goals, from there we design a coherent network and finally build a distinctive Public Affairs-strategy.

But most of all, Access2Europe is a team aided and educated by none other than Wytze Russchen, a successful lobbyist with more than 20 years of experience. Who is this retired lobbyist you ask? Read about him below.


Biography of Dr. Wytze Th. Russchen

After graduating at the University of Groningen (Masters in International Relations), Wytze started working in the European Parliament. First as assistant to the ALDE Group and later as political adviser to Willy De Clercq, Member of the European Parliament, ALDE President and Belgian Minister of State. Wytze assisted Willy De Clercq, former deputy Prime Minister of Belgium and European Commissioner, first in his capacity as Chairman of the Trade Committee and, after that, the Legal Affairs & Market Committee.

Wytze became Press and Parliamentary Officer at BUSINESSEUROPE, the voice of European business. In 2001 he was appointed spokesman and chief lobbyist for the Dutch employers’ association VNO-NCW, both in The Hague and Brussels. As Senior Adviser European Affairs, Wytze Russchen returned full-time to Brussels in 2004, charged with the Dutch EU Presidency, followed by a secondment to FEDIL, the Luxembourg employers’ umbrella, during the Luxembourg Council Presidency in 2005.

In 2005 Wytze founded Russchen Consultants, a lobby 'boutique' providing advice and support to multinationals, NGOs and associations on government relations, PA/PR, communication and events. Wytze has served for seven years as the Conference Director of the European Business Summit, being responsibe for its content and programme, bringing together yearly 2.500 political and business leaders. For a decade Wytze has been consultant to BUSINESSEUROPE as Manager of the Advisory and Support Group, which grew from 18 corporate members in 2005 to 69 members in 2015. Wytze was also Director of three EC-funded pre-accession projects (BOSMIP II/ III/IV), bringing EU and CEEC business (and civil society) communities closer together.

Wytze sold Russchen Consultants in 2014 but relaunched his lobby activities by establishing Access2Europe in 2015. He was candidate for the European Parliament (1999 and 2004) and is the author of three books: 'Het Oliemannetje - Toplobbyist in Europa' (2014), '#Post uit Brussel' (2015) and ‘The Fixer’ (2016). Wytze founded Dutch Network Brussels and was the driving force behind a vast range of professional & societal networks, such as ‘Dutch-EU CEO Industry Table', ‘Politiek Café’ and ‘Crazy Orange’. He created InZentive in Barcelona and serves as deputy SG of Civico Europa. Wytze Russchen has been elected one of the ten most influential Dutch people in Brussels. In 2016 he was Knighted by H.M. King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands.

Biografie drs. Wytze Th. Russchen

Drs. Wytze Th. Russchen (Drachten, 1970) trekt al tijdens zijn studie Internationale Betrekkingen aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen naar Brussel. Hij gaat aan de slag in het Europees Parlement, eerst als medewerker bij de liberale eurofractie en daarna als politieke rechterhand van wijlen Willy De Clercq. Wytze ondersteunt de drievoudig vicepremier, oud-eurocommissaris, Europarlementariër, ALDE voorzitter en Minister van Staat ruim drie jaar, eerst als voorzitter van de commissie internationale handel en daarna van de commissie juridische zaken en interne markt in het Europees Parlement.

In 1999 wordt Wytze woordvoerder en parlementair attaché bij BUSINESSEUROPE, de Europese werkgevers. Twee jaar later treedt hij in dienst bij werkgeversvereniging VNONCW in Den Haag met wederom communicatie en lobby in zijn portefeuile. In 2004 keert hij terug naar Brussel om daar als Senior Secretaris Europese Zaken het Nederlandse EU Voorzitterschap te coördineren. In 2005 doet hij hetzelfde tijdens het Luxemburgse EU Voorzitterschap, dan gedetacheerd bij de Luxemburgse werkgevers. In 1999 en in 2004 voert Wytze actief campagne als kandidaat voor het Europees Parlement (VVD). In 2006 is Wytze kandidaat voor het Brusselse parlement (Open Vld).

In 2005 start Russchen zijn eigen lobbybureau. Russchen Consultants groeit uit tot een succesvolle PA&PR 'boetiek' die een breed scala aan klanten adviseert en ondersteunt. Wytze is gedurende zeven jaar Conference Director van de European Business Summit, het grootste netwerkevenement in Brussel. Verder is hij tien jaar Manager van de AS Group, een club multinationals die onder zijn hoede groeit van 18 leden in 2005 tot 69 leden in 2015. Wytze zit de Industrietafel voor, waar Nederlandse CEO’s en EU leiders elkaar ontmoeten. Daarnaast is hij directeur van drie EU projecten die sociale partners in kandidaat-lidstaten helpen voorbereiden op EU-lidmaatschap. In 2014 verkoopt hij zijn bedrijf maar keert in 2015 terug op de lobbymarkt met Access2Europe.

Wytze is oprichter en voorzitter van de Raad van Advies van het Dutch Network Brussels, oud-voorzitter van Nedcafé, oprichter van Politiek Café Brussel en Crazy Orange en oud-voorzitter van de VVD in Brussel en België. Wytze is auteur van 'het Oliemannetje - Toplobbyist in Europa' (2014), ‘#Post uit Brussel' (2015) en ‘The Fixer’ (2016). Hij is columnist bij ThePostOnline en EU KnowHow, voorzitter van Communication Partners Europe, plv. secretaris-generaal van Civico Europa, oprichter van InZentive Barcelona en onbezoldigd adviseur. Wytze Russchen wordt alom eschouwd als een van de meest invloedrijke Nederlanders in Brussel. In 2016 wordt hij door Z.M. Koning Willem-Alexander benoemd tot Ridder in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau.