European Movement
9 events in Sussex and nearby

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 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

A New Year message for 2009

In his New Year message to members, Peter Luff, Chairman of the European Movement UK, looked at the implications of the current financial recession for Britain's attitude to Europe.  Many economists now see joining the world’s second largest currency - the euro - as being the only logical step towards regaining stability.  But opinion polls indicate that over 70% of British people still oppose Britain’s membership of the euro.  Will the crisis jolt British people into a better informed debate? Will our European neighbours help rescue us?

Click the link above to read the message

Presidency lunches

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.

Monday 12 October 2009
held at the Birch Hotel, Haywards Heath
Sweden holds the EU Presidency from July to the end of 2009.
At this lunch we were joined by
Per Augustsson
Deputy Head of Mission at the Swedish Embassy

Sweden holds the Presidency of the EU Council from 1 July 2009

Click here for a summary report on the event

Friday 13 March 2009
at the Sussex Ox, Milton Street

near Alfriston

The Czech Republic held the EU Presidency from January to June 2009.
To focus on this we were joined in a lunch by Zdeněk Kavan.
The Sussex Ox

Zdeněk Kavan is a Lecturer in Development Studies and International Relations at the University of Sussex. His research interests have been nationalism, democracy and citizenship in Eastern and Central Europe, human rights and issues of international legitimacy.

Click here to see a summary of his talk
and the lively round of questions and answers that followed.

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
Slovenia - Francis King, formerly head of the British Council in Ljubljana
France - Diégo Colas, Conseiller politique - Ambassade de France à Londres

9 May 2009
Seminar and European election event
held at Dorothy Stringer School, Loder Road, Brighton

The day fell into two parts. Topics in a morning seminar for members and guests concentrated on European policy during an unexpected period of economic stress.
The Global Credit Crisis and the EU response

Then an afternoon "Question time" debate, open to the public, offered the opportunity to put key questions to candidates for the major political parties standing in the European Parliamentary elections to be held on Thursday 4 June.

click here to read a summary of the debate

Richard Robinson MEP
Peter Skinner MEP (Labour)
Catherine Bearder (Liberal Democrat)
Caroline Lucas MEP
(Green Party)
Harry Aldridge (UKIP)

Chair: Jack Hazelgrove
Chair of Brighton & Hove United Nations Association and retired Brighton councillor

Annual General Meeting

The Sussex branch AGM was held in Steyning
on Monday 7 December at 11.30 am

You can download and print  (PDF)
the Agenda
Chairman's report for 2008-09

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The AGM was followed by a sumptuous "Christmas" lunch
lasting almost until winter darkness outside.

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