Influencing policy and strategic communication
Public Matters is a leading public affairs & lobby consultancy in the Netherlands and Brussels, supporting organisations that seek to influence policy and engage in strategic communications. We advise our clients on how to position themselves optimally in the political and public arena, based on implementing the most effective strategies and achieving agreed targets.
We often devise integrated public affairs campaigns and activities (including digital campaigns) for instance to influence policy developments in The Hague or Brussels or effectively manage stakeholders and media. Our monitoring & intelligence services play a crucial role in these efforts, providing you with regular updates on policy and all other relevant developments. We also arrange regular training courses and workshops, as well as offering our services on an interim basis to provide clients with short-term, high-intensity support.
Our consultants have multidisciplinary expertise in a variety of sectors where business, government and society intersect. These sectors include healthcare, technology, finance, climate & energy, infrastructure & mobility, property and non-profit.
We are expert, creative and results-driven. Our independent lobby agency is active in both the Netherlands and Brussels and engaged in several international networks. This enabling us to provide our clients with the most effective government relations support possible.
Public Matters was founded by Peter van Keulen in 2001 and had its original offices in the Babylon building in The Hague. In 2006, as we continued to grow, we relocated to our current offices at Bezuidenhoutseweg 101, next door to the Ministry of Economic Affairs and opposite the offices of three government agencies (SCP, CPB & PBL) and the Dutch Data Protection Authority. Due to increasing demand for EU affairs support we have opened an office in Brussels.
Every year, Public Matters’ consultants provide their services to one or more organisations on a pro bono basis. We are also the main sponsor of Stichting Machiavelli and are represented in the foundation’s board.