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Britain and Europe in the global age: common challenges, new opportunities

  • Date(s)
    18 January 2007
  • Time
    8.30 a.m.
  • Location
    Bloomberg European Headquarters, London
Britain and Europe in the global age: common challenges, new opportunities
Over 250 high-level progressive politicians, advisers, renowned experts and thinkers from the UK and Europe met to discuss the future of the European Union and the European Social Model at Policy Network’s conference, Britain and Europe in the Global Age: common challenges, new opportunities.

This conference was co-organised with Bloomberg, the City of London, Community and Union’s 21, and took place at Bloomberg's European headquarters in central London on Thursday 18th January 2007.

Since launching the European Social Model debate in 2005, Policy Network has organised seminars and conferences in Brussels, Rome, Amsterdam, Budapest, Bucharest and Paris. These events have culminated in the publication of a series of articles and papers by Europe’s leading progressive thinkers, outlining the challenges facing the European Social Model. The conference in London built on this work by addressing the issues raised in these publications, and mapping a progressive way forward for Europe.

The conference began with an opening address by Peter Mandelson, EU Trade Commissioner and Honorary Chair of Policy Network. This was followed by a keynote address by the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon Tony Blair MP. You can read the Prime Minister's keynote address here.

A range of British MPs and Peers contributed to discussion including Baroness Valerie Amos, Hilary Benn MP, Charles Clarke MP, Lord Anthony Giddens, Baroness Patricia Hollis, Geoff Hoon MP, John Hutton MP, Denis MacShane MP, Alan Milburn MP, David Miliband MP, and Baroness Jan Royall. Debate was framed around two major plenary sessions, The Social Justice Challenge of Today and Why should British progressives embrace the European Union.

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