This part of the Access2Europe blog will be a collection of adventures of a Frisian boy who was able to peek into the engine room of power; predominantly in Brussels, where I worked for twenty years, but also in the Netherlands and during several business trips around and beyond Europe. These posts will be based largely on the stories as told in my book: ‘The Fixer’. I have seen a lot in those twenty years. It felt like a good idea to share the stories of the many encounters I made and events I participated in with you, my readers. They are mainly meant to be easily digestible and easy to read and not as a mere accumulation of facts, nor as punctual journalistic reporting. I think it will give a good insight into the daily life of a lobbyist.
The book as well as the posts are divided into seven main chapters and runs from 1994, the moment I arrived in Brussels, to the end of 2014. The first chapter discusses my move from high up north in the Netherlands to the European capital. This radical change led to a lot of uneasiness and adjustment problems: a true culture shock. It was a difficult period, but it reinforced my willpower and flexibility. This came in handy later, when I was able to work with the late Willy De Clercq. During that time, I learned a whole lot, especially in the fields of public relations and (European) politics. The Minister has been, to this day, my most important mentor. Today’s Europe painfully lacks politicians of his calibre.
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