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|On 21st November 2007
the European Movement UK held a morning reception in the Houses of
Parliament to welcome its new President, the Rt Hon Charles Kennedy MP.
As members will be well aware, the EM has been through a difficult two years of re-structuring to meet 21st century opportunities, during which our branch chair Sarah Leigh played a significant role as co-ordinator of the Strategy Task Force - work which involved a complete review of the aims and methods of the EM, organising a Special General Meeting, and eventual adoption of a new national Constitution.
Now with a revived national website launched the same day, and with fresh printed materials, the European Movement was ready for a "re-launch".
In the Jubilee Room of the Houses of Parliament, situated at the end of the historic Westminster Hall, members from the National Council, the Young European Movement and guests from several European embassies heard Peter Luff, the EM Chairman, outline the improvements that have been made to the Movements internal organisation and call on all those who want to see the pro-European case widely understood in the UK to join the European Movement.
Joined by Baroness Quin (Labour) and Ian Taylor MP (Conservative), Charles Kennedy outlined the future for the European Movement under his presidency:
"I am delighted that the European Movement is re-launching here at
Westminster today and look forward to my own active involvement in this new role.
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Successive British governments have failed to make the pro-European case dynamically and imaginatively. It isnt enough just to outline the economic advantages. They are vital to our economic prosperity but there is a much bigger case to make. Not only does the European Union provide its member states with security in an increasingly dangerous world, but it also offers the world a model of democratic and accountable multi-national government that provides hope for all those presently riven by the kind of conflict that for generations destroyed Europe.
It is an absurdity that opponents of the Reform Treaty accuse the EU of being insufficiently accountable when the Treaty seeks to address that very issue by making Council decisions more transparent, by increasing the power of Parliamentary co-decision making and by involving national parliaments more intimately in the decision making process.
We urge the British government to get off the sidelines, and make the case for Europe aggressively and imaginatively.
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