|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
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?
MEP SE Region (Conservative) since 2004; ECR Group Coordinator on Budgets
member Agriculture Committee; former Leader UK Conservative MEPs;
member Policy Challenges Committee 2005-09; lifelong professional farming interest
former Chair Plumpton College
Lib Dem EP candidate in the SE Region.
[Antony Hook replaced Catherine Bearder MEP, who had been detained
next five years - Europe versus the UK ?
Read more about what was said at the May 2013 seminar
|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