European Movement
10 events in Sussex and nearby

Events this month

Sussex branch stall
at the Jubilee Library

every 2nd Saturday of the month

at The Cricketers

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20 January

Citizenship and the Lisbon Treaty (London)

AGM postponed because of local snow conditions
Sussex branch AGM - first planned for 4 December
, now to be held on Saturday 29 January.
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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

Click here for a form to join
See the branch constitution

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

Sussex branch Annual General Meeting
Saturday 29 January is the new date
The AGM planned for Saturday 4 December had to be postponed after  heavy local snowfall.
St Pancras Catholic Church Hall, Irelands Lane, Lewes
East Sussex BN7 1QX  click for a map

(Parking is available in the County Hall east car park a few minutes' walk away
- the entrance is across Western Road, opposite Irelands Lane)

Please do let us know that you will be attending
and about any contributions you can make to the catering.

Confirm by e-mail here, or phone 01903 813422

Click here for the calling notice with Agenda
(pdf for printing)

Nominations for the Committee may still be sent to the Secretary.

A letter to members from
Peter Luff, Chairman of the European Movement UK
31 October 2010

Click to read the letter
You can also download and print this letter to pass to friends (pdf)

Topical lunches

It has been a long tradition that the branch has organised 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.  With the Lisbon Treaty finally endorsed there is now a permanent President of the European Council, and this year our attention will be turned to key topics in European affairs.

Catherine Bearder, MEP
Life as a new Member of the European Parliament

C_Bearder.jpg (4866 bytes) Catherine was elected MEP in June 2009, representing the Liberal Democrats. She was Director of Campaigns for Britain in Europe in our South-East region, working to highlight the great economic benefits of EU membership. She has been organiser of the LibDem regional party conference for the past three years and is vice-chair of the LibDem European Group. She has campaigned on social justice and rural issues, with particular interest in tackling homelessness and social exclusion. She also emphasises the need to tackle climate change – she is vice-president of the Green Liberal Democrats and looks forward to championing the environment in the European Parliament.

a lunch held on Saturday 24 April
at the Preston Park Hotel, London Road, Brighton BN1 6UU

Catherine Bearder talking at the lunch on 24 April 2010.

Click here for a summary account of what Catherine Bearder said
and the questions and discussion that followed her talk.

Presidency lunches

Looking back to last year and earlier .....

Per Augustsson, Deputy Head of Mission at the Swedish Embassy,
joined us in October 2009.

Click here for a summary report on the event
Sweden holds the Presidency of the EU Council from 1 July 2009

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
Czech Republic - Zdeněk Kavan, Lecturer in Development Studies & International Relations


Annual seminar
held on Sunday 3 October
at the Wilton Park conference centre at Wiston House

Lisbon - Expectations and Realities
how the European Union is changing

Lunch in the splendour of the Great Hall
   Lunch in the splendour of the Great Hall


Keynote - Lord Hannay of Chiswick
Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the European Communities 1985-1990, Chair of the United Nations Association in the UK and former UK Ambassador to the UN
The future of the EU

Brendan Donnelly (Director, Federal Trust, and Hon Treasurer, European Movement) on the future of the new External Service
All change or no change? Foreign policy after Lisbon

Richard Corbett (recently MEP, now member, Cabinet of the President of the European Council, responsible for Institutional Issues, Relations with the European Parliament and the National Parliaments)
Life at the centre of the new EU

See full notes from the three speakers

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.

held jointly with the Global Policy Institute

Thursday 20 January, 2 pm to 5.30 pm
Mary Sumner House, 24 Tufton Street, London SW1P 3RB

Citizenship and the Lisbon Treaty
- can the British ever be European citizens ?

Difficult decisions will need to be taken in the European context, which will play an important part in the European Union's development over the coming years. We ask how far the new British Government can play an influential role in shaping the course of wider European developments.

Georgia Georgiadou, Policy Officer, Citizenship Unit, DG Justice, European Commission
Professor Jo Shaw, Salvesen Chair of European Institutions, University of Edinburgh
Richard Laming, Chairman, Federal Union

To attend this event, please reply to Alison Sutherland,

or ring the Federal Trust on 020 7320 3045.

This conference is co-funded by the European Commission Representation in the United Kingdom.

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