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Coffey in Brussels: blogging from the seat of the EU

Starting the week of April 9, 2018, Coffey will have a full-time presence in Brussels. In this blog, Anne-Claire Marangoni, our Senior Evaluation & Research Consultant who’ll be leading this initiative, talks about the rationale for this key expansion of our European presence.

‘Coffey has been working with EU institutions for 20 years. With a headquarters in London and a long-standing operation in Warsaw, we’ve been in close and productive contact with a wide range of partners and clients in Europe for a long time. So why set up in Brussels now?

By having a Brussels base, we will quite simply – but crucially – be closer to our clients and the policy making and decisions that drive their priorities. Our technical and evaluation experts already have a strong reputation across more than 20 policy areas, EU institutions and other bodies. This presence will allow us to strengthen that even further. 

We’ll be more flexible, more accessible and more connected to our European network, many of whom carry out much of their work in the Brussels orbit. We will be able to strengthen our pool of multilingual and multidisciplinary talent while also being able to provide on-the-spot support for our clients’ assignments. 

If a client needs identification and scoping of research and evaluation requirements, we’ll either be able to provide the support there and then, or provide instant connection to one of our experts. If ad hoc evaluation support is needed – whether methodological support, training, rapid assessments or anything else – we’ll be able to respond straight away. If it’s workshop or focus group facilitation that’s needed, we’ll be able to jump to it with speed and agility. 

It’s an exciting and dynamic time in the theatre of European politics, and it’s never been more important to be in the European capital in order to reflect on and anticipate the opportunities and issues that arise. I’m looking forward to engaging with our clients and partners, and presenting our work.’