European Movement
events held in Sussex and nearby during 2007

The European Movement

Encouraging local communities in Britain to play a leading role in a strong, democratic and reformed Europe.  The European Movement was formed originally in 1948 by Sir Winston Churchill.  The movement has no political party affiliation.

Click here to see the new European Movement Constitution

Sussex branch

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The Sussex branch is one of ten in the south-east, and covers both East and West Sussex - there is also a separate branch set up in Eastbourne.


Chair:    Sarah Leigh
Secretary:    Martin Toomey


Home study days
Study Days are usually 3 hour afternoon events, held in a private house.

Saturday 17th February

The Turkey question and Union enlargement
held in Steyning 2 pm - 5 pm.

Chatham House Conference
      held on
Thursday 22 March 2007

The EU fifty years on

a national conference to celebrate 50 years since the signing of the Treaty of Rome

Geoff Hoon MP, Minister for Europe on EU achievements
Wolfgang Ischinger, German ambassador on plans for EU presidency
Peter Mandelson: EC Commissioner for Trade on the future of EU from Brussels viewpoint
Question-time Panel: Professor Richard Whitman (chairman), James Elles MEP,
Lord Hannay, Denis MacShane MP, Philip Stephens
Kenneth Clarke MP: the way ahead
Summing up by Charles Kennedy MP

You can download the programme for the event here   (Word)

A Conference
at Goodwood House

    held on
Wednesday 28 March 2007

to celebrate 50 years since the signing of the Treaty of Rome

Taking part in this Sussex day conference were Baroness Shirley Williams, Reijo Kemppinen - head of the European Commission representation in the UK - and Alan Mayhew, Jean Monnet Professor at the Sussex European Institute. Other topics looked at the Newhaven regeneration project, community empowerment in East Brighton and group discussions aimed to involve young people in defining what sort of Europe they want in the next 50 years.

Click here for a report on the event

Oliver Hayward

On 24 April 2007 Oliver Hayward received the German Order of Merit
for his outstanding services to the Anglo-German cause.

In a special ceremony at the German Embassy on 24 April Minister Plenipotentiary Hans H. Blomeyer-Bartenstein presented to Oliver Hayward the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.  "Oliver Hayward has for decades and to the present day worked tirelessly for British-German relations and for the European cause."

Read more about the ceremony.

Monday 9 July 2007
The German Presidency
an evening dinner at the Europa Gatwick Hotel

Germany took over the EU Presidency from Finland on 1 January this year,
and handed over the presidency to Portugal on 1 July.
Michael Siebert of the German Embassy in London spoke at the dinner
about the aims and achievements of the German Presidency from January to June 2007.

Michael Siebert speaking at the 9 July dinner

Click here for a short account of what was said

Home study days
Study Days are usually 3 hour afternoon events, held in a private house.

the study afternoon planned for Saturday 21 July had to be postponed
– unfortunately too many members interested in this topic had found this was not a convenient date.
We'll be looking for another day later.

Study day with tea-time social, on
Issues in the debate on the Constitutional Treaty
to be held near Steyning, West Sussex.
Sarah Leigh will be reporting issues raised at a Wilton Park conference held in Warsaw
on this ongoing topic.

European events in neighbouring areas

Slovenija and the EU
at an evening
meal and talk organised by the West Kent branch on 10 November 2007,
Bojan Škoda, Counsellor at the Slovenian Embassy,  talked about the progress his country
has made since joining the EU. 
Some notes here on what was said.

This page also shows events in Kent, London and Surrey which might be interesting for members from Sussex.  Click here for a listing of events planned by the Eastbourne branch.

Do you speak European?

Students from West Sussex, Somerset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
took part in the finals of a creative competition for schools, held on 15 November 2007

Friday 23 November 2007
a Presidency lunch
held in The Dining Room, Purchase’s, Chichester

See the Portuguese EU Presidency website Portugal took over the EU Presidency from Germany on 1 July this year, and we were delighted that the First Secretary at the Portuguese Embassy in London, Senhor Israel Saraiva, accepted our invitation to speak to us about issues handled by the Presidency during the second half of 2007.

This time we met on a beautifully sunny day at the western end of Sussex, in Chichester. The restaurant was the Dining Room, in a beautiful Georgian building in North Street which used to house the wine merchant Arthur Purchase & Sons (run by the same family since 1780 but sadly now no longer in business).

Click here
to read a short account

of what
Israel Saraiva said.
In Purchase's Dining Room Israel Saraiva answers some questions.

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