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Prospects for Revival in the Eurozone – and what place for Britain in Europe?

  • Date(s)
    28 February 2013
  • Time
    13:30 - 19:30
  • Location
    City of London
Prospects for Revival in the Eurozone – and what place for Britain in Europe?
The eurozone appears to have entered a moment of calm, defying the hyperbole and doom saying of recent times. Nevertheless, controversial debates rage on as to whether the crisis is actually dissipating or simply at an interval.

At the same time, new strategic questions about the future shape and direction of the European Union have emerged,which pose significant political dilemmas for European leaders. If anyone needed reminding of this, David Cameron's thinly veiled challenge to the 'remorseless logic' of further integration provided it.

At a crucial moment for the EU, in partnership with the European Commission’s UK Representation and the City of London Corporation, Policy Network provided a unique platform for European leaders to respond to these challenges and discuss the key issues around the future of Europe. The occasion represented one of the most high-profile and prestigious gatherings of leading EU figures, politicians and experts to take place in London in 2013.

Speakers:
Herman Van Rompuy
, President, European Council; Olli Rehn, Vice President, European Commission, and European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro; Eamon Gilmore, Deputy Prime Minister of Ireland and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade; Frans Timmermans, Minister of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands; Peter Mandelson, former EU Trade Commissioner, former UK First Secretary of State and President of Policy Network; Jonathan Faull, Director General for Internal Market and Services, European Commission; André Sapir, Senior Fellow, Bruegel, and Professor of Economics at Universite Libre de Bruxelles; Sylvie Goulard, Member of the European Parliament and group coordinator for the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE/ADLE); Paweł Świeboda, President of demos EUROPA, Centre for European Strategy, Warsaw; John Kerr, Member, UK House of Lords and former UK Permanent Representative to the EU; Roger Liddle, Chair of Policy Network, Labour’s front bench spokesperson on Europe in the House of Lords and former special adviser on European affairs to the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair; Emma Reynolds, Labour MP and Shadow Europe Minister; Jo Johnson,  Conservative MP and Assistant Government Whip; Mark Boleat, Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee, City of London Corporation; Jacqueline Minor, Head, UK Representation of the European Commission; Mats Persson, Director, Open Europe; Megan Greene, Chief Economist at Maverick Intelligence and former Director of European Economics, Roubini Global Economics; Loukas Tsoukalis, President of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy; Karl Aiginger, Director of WIFO, the Austrian Institute of Economic Research; Olaf Cramme, Director of Policy Network and a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics' European Institute.

Panel debates:
  • Three years on – is the Eurozone out of the woods?
  • Two-tier or multi-speed: what kind of differentiated integration for the EU?
  • Britain’s place in Europe

Conference Publications:
Policy Network's new publication 'Europe in Search of a New Settlement' informed the conference by providing guidance and clarity on some of the key questions to be addressed. Nine leading thinkers on EU affairs highlight the range of strategic options and preferences which ultimately have to be reconciled.

Speeches:
Transcripts of the speeches delivered by Herman Van Rompuy, President, European Council; Olli Rehn, Vice President, European Commission, and European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro; and Frans Timmermans, Minister of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands, can be downloaded below.

Media:
This event received extensive international media coverage from: The New York Times, the Guardian, The Telegraph, SKY News, RTL, CNBC, Volkskrant, the Irish Times, Le Vif, and the Financial Times, among others.

This event was co-funded by the European Commission Representation in the United Kingdom and supported by the City of London.




     

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