in Sussex and nearby
|Sussex branch AGM
held on Saturday 3 December
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at the Jubilee Library
from 19 November
every 3rd Saturday of the month
at The Cricketers
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|Sussex branch Annual General Meeting
Saturday 3 December 2011 at 11 am
at St Pancras Catholic Church Hall, Irelands Lane, Lewes,
East Sussex BN7 1QX
A G E N D A
|| Minutes of the 2010 AGM (link below)
||Chairman’s report (link below)
||Jubilee Library report – Martin Toomey
||Cricketers’ discussion session report – Gisela Hendriks
||Election of officers and committee for 2010-11
The following members of the Committee were willing to stand again:
Sarah Leigh (Chairman), Martin Toomey (Secretary), Chris Jones (Treasurer)
Members – Kate Evans, Illa Hayward, Oliver Hayward, Gisela Hendriks, Martin Vasey
||Adoption of assessor for the accounts
||Plans for the next year – a Europe Day celebration?
||Any other business
After the AGM
Citizens of Europe (‘Europe in School’) – progress report by Stephen
François Duchêne travel bursary holders' report
– the Sussex European Institute / Sussex European Movement joint programme.
1 pm – or as close to that as possible – lunch!
Read the Chairman's Report
for 2011 (pdf)
Saturday 29 January 2011
Last year's AGM originally planned for Saturday 4 December 2010
had to be postponed after heavy local snowfall.
Read the Chairman's Report
for 2010 (pdf)
Read the January 2011 AGM
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 our
attention is now being turned to key topics in European affairs.
Wednesday 9 May 2012
We plan to have just one major event next year, a day-long conference
on Europe Day, the plan being to focus on the cultural background to our (the British
people’s) attitude to Europe. One of our recent discussions at The Cricketers engaged us
so much we thought we should expand it into a full day and call it “Why are we
celebrating Europe Day?”
We would have at least one outside speaker. We’d like to hear your views.
We have tentatively booked the Garden Suite at Deans Place, Alfriston, for that day.
The plan for lunch is that people either book lunch in the restaurant there or buy
something to eat at the bar, just as they like. We will just pay for the room so the cost
of attendance will be minimal
– a few pounds depending on how many people we are budgeting for.
|earlier this year
Monday 18 April 2011
a lunch with guest Jonathan Scheele, Head of
Representation at the EC London office,
who talked about
The European Commission and the UK
- the effects of Lisbon and the economic crisis.
|From our archive you can see notes on what was said
at lunch and dinner events that previously focussed on the country holding the Presidency
of the EU Council:
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
Sweden - Per Augustsson, Deputy Head of Mission
at the Swedish Embassy
Summer afternoon croquet
pleasantly sunny autumn afternoon in late August brought together some branch members in
fiercely competitive mode, one team using one set of rules and the second another set.
Croquet is clearly a game well beyond the skills of “Brussels” to impose
standardisation on this supremely British sport.
|Deans Place Hotel
in Alfriston provided not only the sporty croquet pitch and croquet equipment, but
indulgent pyramids of scones and dishes of jam and cream to make up a traditional
Photos from Illa Hayward
Sunday 17 July
The annual seminar this year was again held at Wiston
the home of the Wilton Park
International Conference Centre.
Europe, her southern neighbours, and Turkey
The 'Arab Spring' throughout much of the North
Africa and the Middle East has captivated the world. How will the European Union (EU)
react to developments in its Southern Neighbours? Can the EU offer its neighbours more aid
and investment, and improved trade access? How are the revolutions for greater democracy
likely to unfold, in particular in Egypt, Libya, Syria and Yemen? What impact will they
have for the EU in terms of immigration and energy security? Does Turkey, in light of its
summer 2011 election, offer a model of democracy in Muslim countries?
The main sessions:
Dr Claire Spencer, Head, Middle East Programme,
Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, London
Domestic Developments in North Africa and the Middle East
Ahmed Naguib, member of the Egyptian Revolutionary Leadership
The Revolution in Egypt
Roger Moore, recently member, European External Action Service,
The EU's evolving policy towards Africa
Dr Sameh Aboul-Enein, Academic specialising in Security Issues, London Security
and Disarmament in North Africa and the Middle East
and Implications for the EU
His Excellency Ahmet Ünal Çeviköz, Ambassador, Turkish Embassy, London
Turkey after the Election:
a Model for Countries in North Africa and the Middle East ?
here to see a summary report of issues discussed at the seminar
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.