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Growth, reform and public trust in Europe

  • Date(s)
    5 March 2015
  • Time
    12.30 - 17.30 (tbc)
  • Location
    Thomson Reuters, Canary Wharf, London
Growth, reform and public trust in Europe
The UK general election will be a defining moment for the future of Britain’s relationship with Europe. This comes a few months after a new European executive took office and promised to deliver a more strategic agenda addressing mounting disillusion with the EU.

In this context, Policy Network will hold its major annual event on the state of EU affairs on 5 March 2015.

The conference will take place at Thomson Reuters' head office in London. It benefits from the support of the European commission’s representation in the UK. It will be organised along two main panel sessions:
•    Growth and investment prospects in Europe
•    Britain’s Europe dilemma: reform, renegotiation or exit?


Keynote speech:

Frans Timmermans, first vice-president, European Commission

Confirmed speakers:

Andy Bagnall, director of campaigns, Confederation of British Industry(CBI)

Jonathan Faull, director general, DG Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, European Commission  

Irene Graham, executive director of business finance, British Bankers’ Association (BBA)

Peter Mandelson, president of Policy Network and former EU trade commissioner
David Marsh, managing director of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF)

Pat McFadden
, Labour member of parliament, shadow minister for Europe

Natalie Nougayrède
, columnist, leader writer and foreign affairs commentator, The Guardian

Laura Sandys,
chair, European Movement and Conservative member of parliament

Axel Threlfall, lead London anchor, Reuters

Owen Tudor,
head of the TUC's European Union and International Relations Department

Guntram Wolff, director, Bruegel


Further information



Frans Timmermans' keynote speech and Q&A session are now available to watch online:



You can watch back the full conference here.

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