European events in neighbouring areas
2013

This page will show events in Kent, London and Surrey which might be interesting for members from Sussex.  We shall also list separately events planned by the Eastbourne branch.


 

   Tuesday 15 January, 2 pm to 5.30 pm
Mary Sumner House, 24 Tufton Street, London SW1P 3RB

The UK and the €urozone

This conference will be the third event in our current series "On the Edge - Britain on the European sidelines?", which is co-funded by the European Commission Representation in London.

Speakers:

Martin Larch, Head of Unit for Ireland, Lithuania and Poland, Economic and Financial Affairs, European Commission
The Future of the Eurozone
Professor Stefan Collignon, Professor of Political Economy, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, and International Chief Economist of the Centro Europa Ricerche (CER), Rome
The Eurozone and European Integration
Dr Waltraud Schelkle, Senior Lecturer in Political Economy, London School of Economics
The Eurozone – has the corner been turned?


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


 

   Wednesday 20 February, 2 pm to 5.30 pm
Mary Sumner House, 24 Tufton Street, London SW1P 3RB

The UK and the EU budget

This conference will be the fourth event in the current series "On the Edge - Britain on the European sidelines?", which is co-funded by the European Commission Representation in London.

Speakers:

Vasco Cal, Economic Adviser, Bureau of European Policy Advisers, European Commission
Dr Giacomo Benedetto, Lecturer in Politics, Royal Holloway, University of London
Dr Alan Greer, Associate Professor in Politics and Public Policy, University of West of England


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


Thursday 21 February, 7 pm for 7.30 pm

West Kent branch annual dinner
at the Royal Wells Inn, 59 Mount Ephraim Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 8BE
click here for a map - you can zoom in for a closer view

The guest speaker will be
Axelle Lemaire
recently elected to National Assembly for Parti Socialiste for UK and Northern Europe.
She will be speaking on “French politics under François Hollande

Tickets are £25 a head for three courses, plus coffee and mints.
Wine, beer, soft drinks and other beverages can be obtained from the bar.
Please make your menu choices on the form linked below for printing.
Send cheques made payable to ‘West Kent European Movement’ to Richard Wassell,
10a Tubs Hill Parade, Sevenoaks TN13 1DH  before 16th February.
Contact by phone 01732 452684 or by e-mail.

Click here to download an order form for printing, which includes menu choices


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   Monday 25 February,  5 pm to 7 pm
National Liberal Club, Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2HE

A new collaborative seminar series with Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation
and Global Policy Institute on Multi-Speed Europe.

Multi-Speed Europe and the Single Market

Speakers will include
Graham Bishop, Founder of grahambishop.com
Rod Dowler, Chairman, Industry Forum
Almut Möller, Head of Programme, Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies,

German Council on Foreign Relations

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


Wednesday 20 March, 8 pm

West Kent branch
meeting in the upstairs bar
at Wells Kitchen, 2-6 Newton Road,Tunbridge Wells TN1 1RU (01892-520342)
click here for a map - you can zoom in for a closer view

European Parliament - how it works
All are welcome.
Speakers are Stephen Bates, former Guardian journalist, and agricultural analyst, Alan Bullion.

Contact Alan Bullion for further details, or just turn up.

Parking is available free in Royal Victoria Shopping Centre.


Thursday 21 March 2013, 7- 9 pm
Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU

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Erasmus - yesterday, today and tomorrow
Benefits and opportunities for European youth


The Erasmus programme celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary last year, and is often considered as one of Europe’s greatest success. Since its establishment in 1987, almost 3 million young Europeans have studied in one of the 33 European countries participating in the scheme. However, the programme recently came under threat of financial shortcomings. The European Commission is looking to the future and has released a proposal on a new “Erasmus for all” programme which aims to merge various European exchange programmes in the areas of education, training, youth and sport.

A panel discussion about the benefits of the Erasmus programme will feature
Vanessa Debiais, Head of the Erasmus team, European Commission
Ruth Sinclair-Jones, Head of European Programmes, British Council
James Kennedy, International Officer, University of Warwick
Kira Huju, UCL student and Chair of the Young European Movement’s London branch
Rebecca Harding, CEO, Delta Economics


If you would like to attend please send an e-mail with your full name and organisation.


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   Thursday 25 April,  5 pm to 7 pm
National Liberal Club, Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2HE

The second in a seminar series on Multi-Speed Europe, organised jointly by the Federal Trust, the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation and the Global Policy Institute, considering the challenges and difficulties of constructing a democracy functioning
at the European, and not simply at the national level..


Democracy in a Multi-Speed Europe

Panellists will include
Dr Simon Usherwood - Senior Lecturer, University of Surrey
Anthony Teasdale - Director, EU Internal Policies, European Parliament

and co-author of The Penguin Companion to European Union
Josef Janning - Mercator Fellow, German Council on Foreign Relations


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


 

   Monday 13 May,  10 am to 6.15 pm
Smith Square Conference Centre, Smith Square, London SW1P 3HZ.
check map

This one-day conference will consider how forty years of EU membership have affected the UK's economy, foreign policy and politics. Leading figures from business, politics, the civil service and diplomatic service will examine the (sometimes fraught) relationship between Britain and the Union.

Forty years on from Britain's accession to the EU and at a time when the UK's membership is being re-examined by both politicians and the public, this event will offer an opportunity for both a retrospective examination of the UK's relationship with the EU and a chance to look to its future..


The Impact of EU Membership on the UK since 1973

Speakers will include
Sir Stephen Wall (Former Permanent Representative to the EU)
David Frost (Director of Europe, Trade & International at the Dept of Business, Innovation & Skills)
Charles Grant (Director of the Centre for European Reform
Sir Nigel Sheinwald (Former Permanent Representative to the EU)
Judith Kirton-Darling (European Trade Union Confederation)
Neil Bentley (Deputy Director General of the CBI)
Lord David Hannay of Chiswick

For more information and to register
see UACES site


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   Tuesday 21 May, 5 pm to 6.45 pm
Mary Sumner House, 24 Tufton Street, London SW1P 3RB

On the edge - Britain on the European sidelines ?

This conference is the final event in a series
co-funded by the European Commission Representation in London.

Speakers:

Professor Stephen Haseler, Director, Global Policy Institute
Jackie Minor, Head of Representation London, European Commission
Lord Dykes, Foreign Affairs Spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords
Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust


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


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Europe House,
32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU

The Future of the EU

With just over a year to go until the European elections, Business for New Europe and the European Parliament Information Office bring together senior policy makers, journalists and economists to look ahead to the campaign and potential results, as well as the impact on the future of the EU from 2014.

Registration and coffee - 10:00 - 10:30
The EU post-2014 10:30 – 12:00
European elections – how will Europe vote?
The rise of Euroscepticism across Europe
European Commission post-2014

Panel chaired by Benedicte Paviot, UK Correspondent, France 24:

Emma Reynolds MP, Shadow Europe Minister
Guy Verhofstadt MEP, Leader Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in Europe
Martin Callanan MEP, Leader European Conservatives & Reformists
Professor Simon Hix, Head, Dept of Government, LSE, Founder of Votewatch.eu
Anand Menon, Professor of European Politics, King’s College London


 

   Wednesday 5 June, 5 pm to 6.45 pm
Mary Sumner House, 24 Tufton Street, London SW1P 3RB

The Referendum - Friend or Enemy of European Integration ?

The principal speaker will be Professor Richard Rose, Director, Centre for the Study of Public Policy, University of Strathclyde, who has recently published a book on this subject, entitled Representing Europeans - A Pragmatic Approach.

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


Thursday 13 June 2013, 4 - 7 pm
The Embassy of the Republic of Poland, 47 Portland Place, London  W1B 1JH

Labour mobility within the EU
Economic and social impact of free movement of workers on the UK economy


The European Movement and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland are holding an event to discuss the issue of free movement of labour in the EU.

The benefits of immigration and the right of EU citizens to move freely across the EU have been questioned recently. Some argue that EU citizens moving to the UK impose a heavy burden on social services and have an adverse effect on the UK economy.  This event will bring together a collection of experts as well as EU citizens living and working in the UK and aims to discuss the facts around the right of free movement of labour and the true economic and social effects it has on the UK economy.

Session I: Nine years after the biggest EU enlargement: free movement of people

– current situation and future forecasts

Panel
Rt. Hon Chris Bryant MP, Shadow Minister for Immigration
Jackie Morin, Head of Unit, DG Employment, European Commission
Jonathan Portes, Director, National Institute for Economic and Social Research
Pawel Swidlicki, Research Analyst, Open Europe

Session II: European citizens as active members of local communities

– impact of the A8 nationals on the British society

Panel
Joanna Dabrowska, Councillor of Ealing Common Ward
Dominika Lipska, Herefordshire Council
Vera Spender Koubkova, Executive Committee Member, Czech British Chamber of Commerce in London

If you would like to attend please send an e-mail with your full name and organisation.


  Monday 17 June, 6.30 pm
Hanover Room, Brighthelm Centre
North Street, Brighton  BN1 1YD
(5 minutes walk from Brighton station)

Let's talk about UKIP

The United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) is rising in the polls. The party now has 205 county and borough councillors. Moving beyond its original eurosceptic stance it has increasingly adopted an anti-immigrant platform. UKIP arguments could well dominate next year's European Elections. There is concern that their growth will push the mainstream parties to the right on immigration, integration and race. So how should thoughtful people respond?.

The event is organised by Hope not hate.


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   Wednesday 19 June,  5 pm to 7 pm
National Liberal Club, Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2HE

The third in a seminar series on Multi-Speed Europe, organised jointly by the Federal Trust, the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation and the Global Policy Institute, discussing the potential impact of multi-speed integration on the European Union.

Multi-speed Europe and the €urozone

Panel discussion with
Sir Brian Unwin - former President of the European Investment Bank
Dr Ulrich Hoppe - Director General, German-British Chamber of Industry & Commerce
Brendan Donnelly - Director, The Federal Trust

After questions and discussion with the audience
conclusions will be drawn by the Chairman,
Hans-Hartwig Blomeier, Director, Konrad Adenauer Foundation


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


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Tuesday 25 June, 7 pm to 8.45 pm
One Great George Street, London  SW1P 3AA

EU Summit briefing

The European Movement and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
EU Summit Briefing is being held just days before another important EU Summit.

A panel of experts will discuss with guests from Westminster, the City, academia and beyond
what’s on the European Council’s agenda, what the future holds for the EU and the eurozone
and assess the EU membership debate in Britain and how it is perceived across Europe.

The panel discussion will feature:
Laura Sandys, MP Conservative, Member of the European Mainstream Group
Professor Andreas Roedder, Gerda Henkel Visiting Professor at LSE
and at the German Historical Institute London
Lord Dykes, House of Lords Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on European Affairs
John Springford, Centre for European Reform


If you would like to attend please send an e-mail

with your full name and organisation.


Saturday 20 July, from 2 pm

West Kent branch Garden Party
at Elm Hill House, High Street, Hawkhurst, Kent TN18 4XU
(west of Hawkhurst on the south side of A268 road
about halfway between Flimwell and Hawkhurst)
click here for a map - you can zoom in for a closer view

West Kent European Movement will be holding a summer afternoon Garden Party
at the home of Ben and Felicity Patterson

The guest speaker will be
Chris Horseman, Editorial Director of Informa Agra,
who will speak at 3pm on current reforms to the EU Common Agricultural Policy,
and other issues related to food security.

Tickets are £5 a head.
Please do bring some picnic food and soft drinks.

Click here to download more information and to register


 

   Tuesday 24 September, 2 pm to 6.15 pm
Mary Sumner House, 24 Tufton Street, London SW1P 3RB

Will the changes in the €urozone demand new institutions for the EU?

Speakers:
Prof Dr Otmar Höll, Scientific Researcher, Austrian Institute for International Affairs
Prof Dr Andras Inotai, Research Professor of the Institute of World Economics,

Research Center for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Dr Petr Kratochvíl, Director, Institute of International Relations, Prague

Remaking Europe: Framework for a policy

Sir Stephen Wall, former Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the EU
Pierre de Boissieu, former Permanent Representative of France to the EU

and former Secretary-­General of the Council of the European Union,
the two co-authors of their new report Remaking Europe: Framework for a policy,
published by the French think tank Synopia, will present the report and take part in a discussion.

This event is organised as part of the LISBOAN Erasmus Academic Network,
which is funded by the European Union's Lifelong Learning Programme.


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


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   Wednesday 9 October, 4.30 pm to7 pm
National Liberal Club, Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2HE

Western Europe, Eastern Europe: Reassessing Relationships

Speakers:
Andras Tombor, founder of the Mathias Corvinus Collegium,

former adviser to Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of Hungary)
Agata Gostynska (Polish Institute of International Affairs)
Tibor Fischer, Hungarian novelist and writer
Viara Bojkova, Global Policy Institute, London Metropolitan University/ Bulgaria

With a response by:
Graham Avery, Honorary Director-General, European Commission


This event is jointly organised with Global Policy Institute and Mathias Corvinus Collegium, Hungary

If you would like to attend this event, please RSVP to events@gpilondon .


Monday 14 October, 6.30 pm to 8 pm
New Theatre, East Building, London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street, London  WC2A 2AE  (printable location map)

LSE European Institute
Can the European Union reconnect with its citizens?
As populist parties and demagogues trade blows with discredited elites, political legitimacy in Europe seems more fragile than ever. Has the €uro crisis dealt it a mortal blow?


Speaker: Gavin Hewitt has been the BBC’s Europe editor since 2009. He is the author of several books, the most recent of which is The Lost Continent.
Chaired by: Professor Maurice Fraser, professor of practice in European politics

at the LSE European Institute

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.
For any queries e-mail events@lse.ac.uk or call 020 7955 6043.


Friday 22 November, 7 pm for 7.30 pm

West Kent branch Lithuanian 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
Asta Skaisgirytè Liauškienè
who will be speaking about
Priorities of Lithuania in the Presidency of EU Council
The evening will feature a Lithuanian-themed meal and refreshments.

The cost is £21 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
Phone 01732 452684 or e-mail any for further information
.
Cheques payable to West Kent European Movement.