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Establishment of the Brussels Council of the British European Movement

April 15, 2013 1:25 PM
In European Movement UK
Originally published by East Midlands Liberal Democrats
Establishment of the Brussels Council of the British European Movement

The Brussels Council of the British European Movement was established on Thursday 11 April 2013 to function as the European Movement's outpost in Brussels, with the aim to gather all British pro-Europeans in Brussels and across Europe who want to work on ensuring that Britain remains part of a strong European Union.

The Brussels Council will be chaired provisionally by Sir Julian Priestley, former Secretary General of the European Parliament, and will feature personalities from political parties, the EU institutions, academia, think tanks and the private sector. Among its founding members are Robert Madelin, Director-General, European Commission (DG for Communications Networks, Content and Technology), Richard Corbett, member of the Cabinet of Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council, John Bowis, former MEP and Chairman of the Conservative Europe Group, David Earnshaw (Burson-Marsteller), Martin Porter (Edelman), Natalie Sarkic-Todd (Euractiv), Tom Spencer, former MEP and others.

Sir Julian Priestley said "Today we have come together to establish the Brussels Council and build upon the work the European Movement has been doing for decades to promote the benefits of British membership of the EU. The Brussels Council will organise and facilitate the contribution that Brits in Brussels can make to the EM's efforts back home to stimulate a constructive debate about Britain's European future.

The Brussels Council of the British European Movement will work closely with the European Movement International Brussels Secretariat and national Councils of the European Movement across Europe, to build upon its long tradition of setting up networks among EU members States for the promotion of economic and political co-operation in Europe. Those networks will be utilised to develop better understanding between Britain and its EU partners, promote the benefits of EU membership and develop ideas of how to make the EU function more effectively and efficiently in the service of the collective interests of its members.

In a statement the founding members of the Brussels Council of the British European Movement argued that "In a globalised economy, where nation states face cross-borders challenges, we need cross-border solutions. Our membership of a competitive and ambitious EU, founded on the principles of co-operation, solidarity and peace, is the best platform upon which to build a stronger Britain. Now more than ever we need to ensure that Britain's future is firmly rooted in the EU and that the debate on the future of Europe is based on fact not fiction".

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