2006-2009 Events

2009

Federalism in Australia under the Rudd Government

9th December 2009, 5.00-7.00 pm

Professor Geoff Anderson, of Flinders University, Adelaide, teaches politics and public policy. He is also engaged in a major research project into the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) and its centralising effect on government in Australia.

‘Whither the Federation? Federalism under Rudd’, the paper given by Professor Anderson on 9th December 2009.


The Single Market Review – Is the single market a good deal for British business?

20th May 2009, 14.00 – 17.30

Speakers:

Arthur Forbes, DG Internal Market and Services, European Commission
“The Single Market – Work in Progress”

Graham Bishop, grahambishop.com
“ The European Financial Market – Triumph or Disappointment?”

John Cooke, former STI official and Federal Trust Council Member
“Has Britain got what it wanted out of the single market?”

Zaki Cooper, Director, Business for New Europe
“A View from British Business”

Conference Report

Supported by the European Commission Representation in the UK.


The EU and Immigration – Can Britain pull up the drawbridge?

8th May 2009, 14.00 – 17.15

Speakers:

Agnieszka Weinar, DG Justice, Freedom and Security, European Commission
“Can Europe pull up the drawbridge?”

Dr Eiko Thielemann, London School of Economics
“Is the British View of Immigration exceptional in Europe?”

Professor Steve Peers, University of Essex
“Is Britain trying to pull up the drawbridge?”

Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust

Conference Report

Supported by the European Commission Representation in the UK.


A More Coherent and Effective European Foreign Policy?

Launch of Federal Trust Working Group Report
7th May 2009, 12.00 – 13.30

Committee Room 2, House of Lords, London

Speakers:

Professor Richard Whitman, University of Bath

Sir Stephen Wall, Chairman of the Federal Trust

Lord Hannay of Chiswick, House of Lords EU Select Committee



The Future of Devolution: Status Quo or Federation?

24th March 2009, 17.00 – 19.00

Committee Room 8, House of Commons, London

Speakers:

Graham Allen MP

Anthony Barnett, Founder, openDemocracy and Co-Director of the Convention on Modern Liberty

Dr Andrew Blick, The Federal Trust

Conference Report

COMMENTARY: An American Perspective on the Federalist Debate in the UK


The EU Budget Review – Does Britain Need its Rebate?

20th March 2009, 14.15 – 17.00

Speakers:

Stefan Lehner, , Director, Own Resources, Evaluation and Financial Programming DG Budget, European Commission
“The EU Budget: A view from Brussels”

Roger Liddle, Vice-Chair, Policy Network
“The EU Budget: A view from London”

Dr Robert Ackrill, Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University
“Is a rational EU Budget possible?”

Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust

Conference Report

Supported by the European Commission Representation in the UK.


Europe’s Role in the World – A British Decision between Atlanticism and Europe?

24th February 2009, 14.15 – 17.00

*Venue:Bath University*
Building 5W, Room 2.4

Speakers:

Helen Campbell, European Correspondent, Head of Unit A1, External Relations Directorate General, European Commission
“Is the EU fiddling while the world burns?”

Prof Richard Whitman, Professor of Politics, University of Bath
“The EU: What kind of actor on the world stage?”

Prof Stephen Haseler, Director, Global Policy Institute
“A world in crisis – An opportunity for the EU?”

Conference Report

Supported by the European Commission Representation in the UK.


The European Parliament – The Great Loser of the Irish Referendum?

30 January 2009, London Metropolitan University

Speakers:

Andrew Duff MEP,Leader, UK Liberal Demcrats in the EP
Prof Michael Marsh,Trinity College, Dublin
Kazimierz Sobotka,European Institute, Lodz
Prof Thomas Christiansen,University of Maastricht and EIPA, Maastricht
Jacob Hoeksma,Director, EuroKnow
Brendan Donnelly,The Federal Trust
John Palmer,European Policy Centre and Federal Trust

Full Programme


2008

SOCIAL REALITY STOCKTAKING – Social Models: British, European, or not that different?

16th December 2008 , London Metropolitan University

Speakers:

FREDERIC LERAIS, Bureau of European Policy Advisers, European Commission
“Europe’s Social Reality: A ‘Stocktaking'”

JORMA KARPPINEN, Director, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions
“Social Realities in Europe – A comparative view”

HENNING MEYER, Head of the European Programme, The Global Policy Institute
“A European Social Model – Myth or Reality?”

NEAL LAWSON, Chairman, Compass
“The British Social Model in the European Context”

WILL HUTTON, Chief Executive, The Work Foundation
“Will the global crisis change everyone’s social model?”

Chaired by Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust

Conference Report

Supported by the European Commission Representation UK.


THE LISBON TREATY – Opt-Ins and Opt-Outs: Is Britain Semi-Detached from the EU?

7th November 2008 , London Metropolitan University

Speakers:

RICHARD COREBTT MEP, Deputy Leader of the European Parliamentary Laboutr Party and spokesman on constitutional affairs
“The Lisbon Treaty: Where were are and where we might be going”

SIR STEPHEN WALL, former European adviser to the British Prime MInister and Chairman of the Federal Trust
“Does Britain need the Lisbon Treaty?”

BRENDAN DONNELLY, Director, The Federal Trust
“Are there alternatives to the Lisbon Treaty?”

Chaired by Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust and Professor Stephen Haseler, Director, Global Policy Institute.

Conference Report

Supported by the European Commission Representation UK.


BOOK LAUNCH: Federalism and the British

29th October 2008

Kindly hosted by the ITALIAN EMBASSY, LONDON

Speakers:

Professor John Pinder OBE, Honorary Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges, and former Chairman, The Federal Trust
Professor Lucio Levi, Professor of Political Science, Turin Unviversity
Sir Stephen Wall GCMG LVO, former European adviser to the British Prime MInister and Chairman of the Federal Trust
Chaired by Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust.



The European Neighbourhood Policy – Is it Fit for its Purpose?

15th October 2008 , London Metropolitan University

Speakers:

John Palmer, Board Member, The Federal Trust and EPC
Professor Helen Wallace, Centennial Professor, European Institute, London School of Economics
HE Ihor Kharchenko, Ukrainian Ambassador to the UK
Chaired by Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust.



Energy and Climate Change – Is the UK an Environmental Champion?

18th September 2008, London Metropolitan University

Speakers:

LORD GIDDENS, Emeritus Professor, London School of Economics
“The Politics of Climate Change”

JÜRGEN SALAY, Policy Officer, Unit ‘ Climate strategy, international negotiation and monitoring of EU action’, DG Environment, European Commission
“An Environmental View of the UK from Brussels”

PETER LUFF, Director, Action for a Global Climate Community
“Britain: A European Driving Force for Global Environmental Policy?”

Chaired by Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust.

Conference Report

Supported by the European Commission Representation UK.


What’s Wrong With the EU and How to Fix It

25th June 2008, London Metropolitan University

Seminar with Professor Simon Hix, London School of Economics, on the ideas set out in his recent book. With commentaries by Quentin Peel, The Financial Times, and John Palmer, Board member, the European Policy Centre.

Chaired by Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust.


Debating the State of the Union

10th June 2008 , London Metropolitan University

Seminar with Professor Anand Menon, Director of the European Research Institute at the University of Birmingham, on the ideas set out in his recent book. With commentaries by Professor Richard Whitman, bath University, and Brendan Donnelly, Director of the Federal Trust.

Chaired by Sir Stephen Wall, Chairman, The Federal Trust.


The European Parliament in an Enlarged EU: Beyond the Lisbon Treaty

25 April 2008

Organised as part of the EU-CONSENT network

This one-day conference examined the question of an evolving European demos, whether the European Parliament is developing into an equal partner to the Council, and the EP’s relationship with national parliaments. Speakers included Andrew Duff MEP, Professor Simona Piattoni, Dr Andreas Maurer, Dermot Scott, Professor Edward Best and Brendan Donnelly.

Programme

Conference Report


2007

The Lisbon Treaty: Small Step or Giant Leap?

10 December 2007

This one-day conference examined the innovations contained in the new Treaty, both institutional and in terms of policies, as well as discussing the prospects of ratification. Speakers included Lord Kerr of Kinlochard, Professor Jo Shaw, Dr Karen Smith, Brendan Donnelly, Tony Brown, Lezsek Jesien, and Krzysztof Szczerski.

Programme

Conference Report


The German Presidency: Marks out of Ten?

Thursday 5 July 2007

Jointly organised with Chatham House

Chaired by Professor Stephen Haseler, London Metropolitan University

Panellists:

Michael Siebert, German Embassy
John Palmer, former Europe Correspondent, The Guardian
Robin Shepherd, Chatham House
Brendan Donnelly, The Federal Trust

Conference Report


Europe, the next 50 Years

Thursday March 22, 2007

The Federal Trust, Chatham House, and the European Movement hosted a day-long conference to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome.

Speakers:

Geoff Hoon MP, Minister for Europe
H.E. Wolfgang Ischinger, German ambassador
Peter Sutherland, Chairman, BP
Peter Mandelson, EC Commissioner for Trade
Kenneth Clarke MP
Charles Kennedy MP

Panel members:

James Elles MEP
Lord Hannay
Denis MacShane MP
Philip Stephens
Richard Whitman


2006

Decision-making in the external policies of the EU

Thurday 23 November 2006

Organised in co-operation with Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA)

Keynote Adresses:

Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust
Professor Stephen Haseler, London Metropolitan University
Thursday 27 April 2006


Croatia’s Accession to the EU- Why is it important for Europe?

Organised in co-operation with Chatham House

Keynote speech by:

Mr. Vladimir Drobnjak, Croatian chief negotiator on accession to the EU


Justice and Home Affairs: European Civil Rights or European Public Security?

Thursday 27 April 2006

Jointly organised with Chatham House

Chaired by Dr Richard Whitman – Senior Fellow, Europe, Chatham House

Panellists:

Dr Eric Metcalfe, Director of Human Rights Policy, Justice
Dr Valsamis Mitsilegas, Senior Lecturer in Law, Queen Mary, University of London
Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust



Lisbon: An Agenda going nowhere?

Tuesday 4 April 2006

Jointly organised with Chatham House

Chaired by Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust

Panellists:

Professor Iain Begg, European Institute, LSE
John Peet, Europe Editor, The Economist
Dr Chiara Criscuolo, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE


The European Parliament and the European Political Space

Thursday 30 March 2006

Organised with funding from the EU-CONSENT network and UACES

This one-day conference examined the role of the European Parliament in the broader EU political system, paying particular attention to the ways in which enlargement has affected the EP. Speakers included Nick Clegg MP, Professor Simon Hix, Dr Andreas Maurer and Professor Paul Taggart.

Programme


CFSP: Britain’s ace of trumps?

Wednesday 1 March 2006

Jointly organised with Chatham House

Panellists:

Dr Richard Whitman, Senior Fellow, Europe, Chatham House
Lord Bowness, Chair, House of Lords EU Sub-Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Development Policy
Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust.


The Austrian Presidency of the EU: Priorities and Prospects

Monday 16 January 2006

Jointly organised with Chatham House

Panellists:

Gabriele Matzner-Holzer, Austrian Ambassador to the UK
Angus Robertson MP, Member of Parliament for Moray (SNP)
Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust.


Bulgarian membership in the EU: Challenges and Opportunities?

Hosted by the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria