in Sussex and nearby
Year message from
Peter Luff, Chairman of the European Movement UK
You can also see Peter Luff's earlier comments on the new European Treaty, with links to further background sources.
Monday 21 January 2008
the Annual General Meeting
was held in Brighton, at the Brighthelm Centre.
Home study days
Study Days are usually 3 hour afternoon events, held in a private
Check here for any plans during 2008.
The visit of colleagues from Aumühle involves several
study topics (below).
It is a tradition that the branch organises a lunch or dinner
twice a year, with an expert speaker to review the work taken on by the country holding
the current Presidency of the European Council.
Slovenija held the EU Presidency from January to June 2008,
this summer's event was an evening dinner, held on 17 July (more below).
From July to the end of the year the EU Presidency is held by France.
This year's AGM lunch on 30 October is followed by a talk on
issues confronted during the French Presidency.
|From our archive you can see notes on what was said
at previous Presidency events:
United Kingdom - Sir Stephen Wall
Austria - Eveline Jamek, attaché for EU Affairs
at the Austrian Embassy
Finland - Alexander Stubb, Finnish MEP
Germany - Michael Siebert, deputy head of the
Political Section at the German Embassy
Portugal - Israel Saraiva, First Secretary at
the Portuguese Embassy
Friday 23 May 2008
Life after Lisbon ?
a one-day special event, organised in association with the European
of Sussex University, looked at issues in the future of Europe after the Treaty of Lisbon.
The event also commemorated the life of François Duchêne
a man close to the founding of what has now become the European Union.
to see the full programme.
François Duchêne who died in 2006 was an
administrator, a policy analyst, an academic, a published poet, a keen musician and an
enthusiast for a united Europe. He was present at the birth of modern integrated Europe as
an assistant to Jean Monnet when he was setting up the European Coal and Steel Community,
a precursor to and an inspiration for the European Union as we know it today. He was
founding director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, professor and
Director of the Centre for European Studies and finally emeritus professor in the
University of Sussex. He was author of a hugely admired and influential biography of Jean
Monnet. All of his life he was an enthusiastic member of the European Movement and the
Sussex branch in particular.
The commemorative event also launched a Bursary for travel and
for Research Students of the University of Sussex in any discipline to:
| Pursue field work in continental
Europe connected with their thesis on issues of European Integration broadly construed or,
| Contribute to a collaborative project
in another European country and connected to their research.
This bursary has been set up with funding from
Sussex European Institute, friends of François
and from members of the Sussex branch of the European Movement,
and is being administered by the Sussex European Institute.
Click here to see
more about the awards given on 23 May.
European events in neighbouring areas
This panel will show events in Kent, London and Surrey which might be
interesting for members from Sussex. We also list separately events planned by the Eastbourne branch.
Tuesday, 16 December, 2 pm to 5.30 pm
at the London Metropolitan University, 31 Jewry Street, London EC3N
Social Reality Stocktaking ?
Social Models: British, European, or not that different
Speakers will be
Frédéric Lérais, Bureau of European Policy Advisers, European Commission
Jorma Karppinen, Director, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and
Henning Meyer, Head of European Programme, Global Policy Institute
Neal Lawson, Chairman, Compass
Will Hutton, Chief Executive, The Work Foundation
to register, contact Ulrike Rüb-Taylor - 0207 320 3045
an A4 poster (PDF)
Saturday 10 January, 10.30 am to 3.30 pm
at the Roberts Building, University College London, Torrington Place, London WC1
||a European Movement conference for members
10 years of the euro
will the financial crisis lead Britain into the euro ?
Speakers include Graham Bishop, John
Stevens, Peter Luff and Brendan Donnelly.
£20 if you are an EM member and £10 if you are a YEM member (non-members
this includes conference papers, lunch and refreshments.
the registration form here
you can then either send it with a cheque payable to "European Movement",
European Movement UK, room 203, Southbank House, Black Prince Road, London SE1 7SJ
or e-mail your registration.
Citizenship in schools
The Sussex branch has been working with the advisory teams of West Sussex Children
and Young People Services to support the Europe theme included in the secondary school
Launched at a teachers' training conference in Crawley on 27 March, an opportunity was
organised by Sarah Leigh for a group of teachers to go to Brussels on 15-16 July
to see how the EU works and consider how to engage with it in their teaching. The
group was able to visit the three most important institutions - the Council of the
European Union, the European Commission and the European Parliament.
Click for more about the
It is hoped to extend this partnership to East Sussex and
Brighton & Hove in future.
We would be glad to hear from anyone with an interest in this next step. Just send us a note.
held in the Sussex Room of the Birch Hotel, Haywards
on Thursday 17 July 2008
Slovenija held the EU Presidency from January to June 2008,
Francis King, the first Director of the British Council in
Slovenija spoke at the dinner.
Read about what Francis King had to say about
Slovenija - click on the picture.
Later in the autumn we hope to arrange a similar event
focussed on the current EU Presidency of France.
Sussex branch, lunch
and talk open to guests
Thursday 30 October 2008
held in the Saxon Room of the Steyning Centre
Fletcher's Croft, Steyning
Annual General Meeting
click for the Agenda, Minutes of the
previous AGM, Education report
click for the draft Minutes of this
followed by a buffet lunch and talk on
the French Presidency of the European Council
||Our guest speaker was Diégo Colas
Conseiller politique - Ambassade de France à Londres
Political counsellor - French Embassy in London.
Click on the image for a report of the talk