European Movement
12 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.

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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

Europe Matters
next meeting on
Saturday 17 November, 11.15 am
click here for more information

Sussex branch stall
at the Jubilee Library

afternoons, normally every 3rd Saturday of the month - next month Saturday 17 November.

Active Citizenship in Europe
Thursday 6 December (London)
Reconnecting the public with the EU
Wednesday 12 December

On this page:

Sussex branch AGM
held on 3 December 2011
The Annual Seminar 17 July 2011
Topical lunches
Events in neighbouring areas
More links
Articles from the news archive

Website resource for schools
Citizens of Europe

click to see more about it

Date for your diary: the next AGM will be held on Saturday 8 December 2012
at St Pancras Catholic Church Hall, Irelands Lane, Lewes,
East Sussex BN7 1QX

Previous AGMs:

Sussex branch Annual General Meeting
held on
Saturday 3 December 2011 at 11 am
at St Pancras Catholic Church Hall, Irelands Lane, Lewes,
East Sussex BN7 1QX

1.  Minutes of the 2010 AGM (link below)
2. Chairman’s report (link below)
3. Jubilee Library report – Martin Toomey
4. Cricketers’ discussion session report – Gisela Hendriks
5. Treasurer’s report
6. 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
7. Adoption of assessor for the accounts
8. Plans for the next year – a Europe Day celebration?
9. Any other business

After the AGM
Citizens of Europe (‘Europe in School’) – progress report by Stephen Quigley
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 Minutes  (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 our attention is now being turned to key topics in European affairs.

recent event
Wednesday 9 May 2012
Deans Place Hotel, Alfriston

Stressing the European project – the three speakers face audience questions

Stressing the European project

The past year has been a stressful one for Europe, not least for those claiming that the continent’s effectiveness and influence are closely linked to its common institutions and concerted actions; it has been far from easy to keep abreast of fast moving, occasionally dramatic twists and turns. The seminar on Europe Day 2012 gave an opportunity to get up to date once more, listening to three specialist speakers and joining in discussion.

The Economics of the Eurozone financial crisis
George Irvin, Professorial Research Associate SOAS University of London:

formerly Professor of Development Economics;
Author Regaining Europe: an Economic Programme for the 21st Century (Federal Trust 2006)

The European Project: core values and common purpose
Christopher Beazley
MEP Cornwall & Plymouth 1984-1994, Eastern Region 1999-2009.
Chair EP Baltic Europe Intergroup 2004-2009.  Former Vice-Chair EM Eastbourne

Citizens of Europe: principles and practice
Sue Collard
, Specialist in contemporary French politics at the Sussex European Institute University of Sussex.
Dr Collard’s current research, post Maastricht, relates to participation levels in European and local elections
by non-national EU citizens in France & the UK.

Check here later for some notes on the day

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


Annual seminar
Sunday 17 July 2011

The annual seminar last year was again held at Wiston House,
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, Brussels
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


Click here to see a summary report of issues discussed at the seminar

European events in neighbouring areas

This panel often shows events in Kent, London and Surrey which might be interesting for members from Sussex.  We also list separately events planned by the Eastbourne branch.

Thursday 6 December, 6.30 pm to 8 pm
Macmillan Room, Portcullis House, Houses of Parliament, Westminster,
London SW1A 2LW

European Movement UK, the University of Southampton
and the Hansard Society

a debate on the policy implications austerity has on
Active Citizenship in Europe

Chair: Professor Gerry Stoker, Professor of Governance & Director of the Centre for Citizenship, Globalization and Governance – University of Southampton

Keynote speech: Dr Bryony Hoskins, Senior Lecturer,
Southampton Education School - University of Southampton

Agnès Hubert, European Commission

– Member of the Bureau of European Policy Advisers
Jean Lambert MEP
Gisela Stuart MP

To book a place please e-mail by Friday 30 November


   Wednesday 12 December, 2 pm to 5.30 pm
Mary Sumner House, 24 Tufton Street, London SW1P 3RB

Reconnecting the public with the EU
- Not just in Britain

The second in a series of conferences to run over the coming year entitled "On the edge - Britain on the European sidelines?", co-funded by the European Commission Representation in the UK


Ludolf Van Hasselt, Head of European Commission Unit "Priority Action and Political Reporting",
"A View from Brussels on Communicating Europe"
Dr Oliver Daddow, Reader in International Politics, University of Leicester 

"The British Debate on Europe - Still Leading from the Edge?"
Professor Simona Piattoni, University of Trento 

"Different Forms of Democracy in the EU - representative, direct and other"
Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust 

"European Political Parties"

To attend this event, please contact Ulrike Rüb-Taylor
or ring the Federal Trust on 020 7320 3045.

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