European Movement
14 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

Click here for a form to join
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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: Kate Evans
Secretary: Betty Rider

Europe Matters
the next meeting will be on
Saturday 15 November
click here for more information

Sussex branch stall
at the Jubilee Library

afternoons, normally every 3rd Saturday of the month

Tuesday 28 October 2014
The Transatlantic Trade and

Investment Partnership
Wednesday 5 November 2014
Three anniversaries – How Poland made it!  (London)
Friday 21 November 2014
Italian evening  (Sevenoaks)

On this page:

The Annual Seminar
Reforming the EU
was held on 8 April 2014.
Read a report linked below

Sussex branch AGM

held on 30 November 2013
Archive of lunch events
Events in neighbouring areas

Website resource for schools
Citizens of Europe

click to see more about it

Tuesday 8 April 2014
Deans Place Hotel, Alfriston

Reforming the EU

We timed this year’s seminar, our third at Deans Place, with the imminent euro-elections in mind. The consequences of the results are likely to influence much that is to come.

The day started with an assessment of the UK’s longer-term interests within the EU framework, with the sensitive issues for the country that this involves tackled by Alan Mayhew. The focus shifted after lunch to the European Parliament, with two ‘insiders’, South-East MEP Richard Ashworth and EP election candidate Antony Hook, arguing from their differing viewpoints for the changes to the institutions and practices that they saw as desirable.

The UK's longer-term interests
Professor Alan Mayhew
Jean Monnet Professor - Sussex European Institute, University of Sussex.
An economist by training, Alan Mayhew heads a Europe-wide research programme
and is an adviser to the EC as well as a number of EU governments.

Changes to EU institutions and practices?
Richard Ashworth
MEP SE Region (Conservative) since 2004; ECR Group Coordinator on Budgets Committee;
member Agriculture Committee; former Leader UK Conservative MEPs;
member Policy Challenges Committee 2005-09; lifelong professional farming interest and involvement;
former Chair Plumpton College

Antony Hook
Lib Dem EP candidate in the SE Region.
[Antony Hook replaced Catherine Bearder MEP, who had been detained in Brussels.]

Speakers with the seminar organisers 8 April 2014

The next five years - Europe versus the UK ?
Read more about what was said at the May 2013 seminar

Click here

From our archive you can also see notes on what was said at lunch and dinner events which 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

The 2013 AGM was held on Saturday 30 November 2013
at St Pancras Catholic Church Hall, Irelands Lane, Lewes

Before the AGM
Roxana Mihaila is a Romanian national, completing a DPhil at the Sussex European Institute at the University of Sussex . Her research is attempting to establish precisely the impact of national party politics on the mechanisms of the EU. She will present a summary of her work to date and would be happy to discuss and hear members' views on this issue.

Sussex branch Annual General Meeting
held on
Saturday 30 November 2013 at 1230 pm
in St Pancras Catholic Church Hall, Irelands Lane, Lewes,
East Sussex BN7 1QX

1. Minutes of the 2012 AGM (link below)
2. Chairman’s report for the year 2013 (link below)
3. Jubilee Library report
4. Cricketers’ discussion group report – Gisela Hendriks
5. Treasurer’s report – Christopher Jones
6. Election of officers and committee for 2013-14
The following had been nominated and were elected as officers and members of the Committee.

Chairman - Kate Evans
Secretary - Betty Rider
Treasurer - Christopher Jones
Members -

Illa Hayward
Oliver Hayward
Gisela Hendriks

Charlotte Sabel
Martin Toomey
Martin Vasey
7. Adoption of assessor for the accounts
8. Any other business

After the AGM there was a report from Sarah Leigh on the proceedings of the National Annual General Meeting in London on 12 October 2013.

Stephen Quigley then presented an idea for a Summer School weekend in 2015, to prepare for a possible Referendum in 2017.

Read the Minutes of the 2012 AGM (pdf)
Read the Chairman's report for 2012-13 (pdf)

European events in neighbouring areas

This panel 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.

Tuesday 28 October,  7.30 pm

Friends of the Earth group, Sevenoaks
with the European Movement West Kent branch
in the Slater Room, Christ Church URC, Littlecourt Road,
Sevenoaks TN13 2JG

This is a small hall at the rear of the church which is close to Sevenoaks Rail Station and is on the main road (London Road). The church is a few hundred metres north of the station - turn left outside the station along London Rd and Littlecourt Rd is second on the left. (Littlecourt Rd is a service road cul-de-sac with the church at the end on the corner of Kippington Rd).

Keith Taylor MEP (Green)
talks on
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

The main issue to be covered will be the new EU/USA trade deal (TTIP) being negotiated between the EC and the US. There will be  good time for a Q & A session so that Keith Taylor can respond to different queries, including on the environment, and give the meeting a broader dimension.

If you are able to attend this event, please notify John Bassendine

      Wednesday 5 November,  5 pm to 7 pm
London Metropolitan University, Lecture theatre MG3-15 (3rd floor)
84 Moorgate, London EC2M 6SQ

Yes, We Could !
25 Years of Democratic Changes, 15 Years in NATO, 10 Years in EU.
How Poland Made It.

The event marks the publication of a recent report by the Foundation Institute for Eastern Studies in Warsaw, co-financed by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.   Three Polish anniversaries – 25 years of demographic transformation, 15 years in NATO and 10 years within the European Union – give a setting from which to reflect on the changes that have taken place in Poland in the last quarter century.
The report will be presented by Professor George Sanford, former Professor of East European Politics, University of Bristol.

Opening Remarks from H.E. Witold Sobków, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland
The report will be presented by Professor George Sanford, former Professor of East European Politics, University of Bristol.

Also speaking at this event:
Brendan Donnelly, Director, Federal Trust for Education & Research, United Kingdom
Maciej Woroch, Foreign News Correspondent in United Kingdom, TVN S.A., Poland

To register for this event, please contact Ulrike Rüb-Taylor
or ring the Federal Trust on 020 7320 1677.

Friday 21 November, 7 pm for 7.30 pm

West Kent branch Italian evening
Sevenoaks Town Council Chamber, Bradbourne Vale Road (A25), Sevenoaks, Kent TN3 3QH
click here for a map - you can zoom in for a closer view
access to the Town Hall is on the south side of A25 about.500 metres west of the
Bat & Ball junction with A225 - it's combined with access to Red Cross Hall

The guest speaker will be Davide Ghilotti,
a young Italian journalist working in London, who will cover domestic politics (Berlusconi etc); EU presidency issues; regionalism (impact of Scottish referendum on Italian politics); and other current issues.
The evening will feature an Italian-style meal and refreshments.

The cost is £20 per person.
Please send cheques payable to ‘West Kent European Movement’ to
Richard Wassell, 10a Tubs Hill Parade, Sevenoaks, Kent  TN13 1DH.
Download the registration form with full details
Please register by 15 November at the latest.

Phone 01732 452684 or e-mail any for further information.

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