in Sussex and nearby
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
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
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
Deputy Head of Mission at the Swedish Embassy.
Click here for a summary
report on the event
|Friday 13 March 2009
at the Sussex Ox, Milton Street
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.
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
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
|Peter Skinner MEP (Labour)
Bearder (Liberal Democrat)
|Harry Aldridge (UKIP)
Chair: Jack Hazelgrove
Chair of Brighton & Hove United Nations Association and retired Brighton
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)
Chairman's report for 2008-09
The AGM was followed by a sumptuous
lasting almost until winter darkness outside.