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> Europe and the people: Examining the EU's democratic legitimacy- Leeds Conference

Date: Friday 25th November 2016

Time: 3.30pm-7.00pm (followed by drinks; registration from 3pm)

Venue: Lecture Theatre (G.02), Maurice Keyworth Building, Leeds University Business School, Moorland Road, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS6 1AN

Speakers include:

  • Richard Corbett MEP
  • Linda McAvan MEP
  • Dr Victoria Honeyman, Lecturer, University of Leeds
  • Dr Jim Buller, Senior Lecturer, University of York
  • Dr Matthew Wood, Lecturer, University of Sheffield
  • Dr Mette Wiggen, Lecturer, University of Leeds
  • Professor Iyiola Solanke, Professor of EU Law and Social Justice, University of Leeds School of Law
  • Adam Hug, Policy Director, Foreign Policy Centre
  • Further speakers to be announced shortly

In the wake of the British vote to leave the EU, this conference will examine concerns across Europe around the democratic legitimacy of EU institutions and the European project as a whole. It will look at how the debate about EU democratic legitimacy across member states fit within the context of a crisis of trust in institutions at both national and international levels in the wake of the 2008 economic crisis.

The conference will explore the mechanisms through which EU institutions have sought to gain democratic legitimacy, comparing and contrasting with other national and international organisations. The conference will look to explore the potential democratic basis for a future UK-EU relationship post-Brexit, examining the emerging UK Government and EU thinking. The conference will explore the findings of the recent FPC publication Europe and the people: Examining the EU's democratic legitimacy that assessed the major challenges the EU faces and set out ideas for potential democratic and organisational reform.

This conference series is supported by the European Commission Representation in the UK Call for Proposals for civil society organisations 2015-16, though the event is independently organised by the FPC and will contain a wide range of views on the matters under discussion.

Please RSVP to events@fpc.org.uk providing your name and any affiliation.

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> Europe and the people: Examining the EU's democratic legitimacy- London Conference

Date: Wednesday October 26th 2016

Time: 2.30pm-7.30pm

Venue: Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3EU

Speakers include:

  • Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, former Shadow Foreign Secretary and Chair of the Exiting the EU Select Committee
  • Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP, former Attorney General, Conservative
  • Douglas Carswell MP, UKIP
  • Emma Reynolds MP, Labour
  • Stephen Gethins MP, Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe)
  • Baroness Smith of Newnham, Director of the European Centre, Cambridge University and Liberal Democrat Peer
  • Lord Liddle, Chair of Policy Network and Labour Peer
  • Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Research Professor at the Institute for Contemporary British History, Kings College London
  • Dr Marina Prentoulis, Senior Lecturer in Media and Politics, UEA
  • Marie Le Conte, Buzzfeed
  • Oli Henman, Head of International Networks, Civicus
  • Jacqueline Minor, Head of Representation, European Commission Representation in the United Kingdom
  • Stephen Booth, Co-Director, Open Europe
  • Karin Christiansen, Chair of Open Knowledge
  • John Peet, Political and Brexit Editor, The Economist
  • Adam Hug, Policy Director, Foreign Policy Centre

The After Brexit: Can we build a new democratic foundation for UK-EU relations? panel is available to watch on Youtube. Hilary Benn's keynote speech is available to watch on Facebook.

In the wake of the British vote to leave the EU, this conference will examine concerns across Europe around the democratic legitimacy of EU institutions and the European project as a whole. It will look at how the debate about EU democratic legitimacy across member states fit within the context of a crisis of trust in institutions at both national and international levels in the wake of the 2008 economic crisis.

The conference will explore the mechanisms through which EU institutions have sought to gain democratic legitimacy, comparing and contrasting with other national and international organisations. The conference will look to explore the potential democratic basis for a future UK-EU relationship post-Brexit, examining the emerging UK Government and EU thinking. The conference will explore the findings of the recent FPC publication Europe and the people: Examining the EU's democratic legitimacy that assessed the major challenges the EU faces and set out ideas for potential democratic and organisational reform.

This conference series is kindly supported by the European Commission Representation in the UK Call for Proposals for civil society organisations 2015-16. The event is independently organised by the FPC and the wide range of views on the matters under discussion are those of the speakers alone.

Download Europe and the People: London conference flyer (300 kilobyte PDF)


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> Europe and the people: Examining the EU's democratic legitimacy- Edinburgh Conference

Date: Thursday 16th June 2016

Time: 4.00pm-7.30pm (registration from 3.30pm)

Venue: Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22-26 George St, Edinburgh, EH2 2PQ

Speakers include:

  • Alyn Smith MEP, SNP Member of the European Parliament
  • Lewis MacDonald MSP, Labour Shadow Cabinet
  • Jim Sillars, ScotLeave.eu
  • Ross Thomson MSP, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Member for North East Scotland
  • Professor Jo Shaw, Salvesen Chair of European Institutions, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor James Mitchell, Professor of Public Policy, University of Edinburgh
  • Jonathan Stanley, Bow Group
  • Professor Laura Cram, Professor of European Politics and Director of NRLabs Neuropolitics Research, University of Edinburgh
  • Adam Hug, Foreign Policy Centre

Please RSVP to events@fpc.org.uk providing your name and any affiliation.

This Europe and the People conference will examine public understanding around the democratic legitimacy of the EU institutions and conceptually of the union as a whole, particularly in the light of the referendum debate around the UK's future membership of the EU. It will look at the ways in which the different EU institutions receive democratic legitimisation and where there are shortcomings. The conference will include explore the way in which members of the European Parliament are elected in the UK and how the institution operates, looking at what more could be done to promote transparency or greater partnerships with the general public and national political institutions. It will explore the European Commission and its processes, including the process for the appointment of Commissioners and the ways in which it consults with national governments and stakeholders in the development of directives. Europe and the people would also examine the way in which the member states operate through the European Council and the Council of the European Union to achieve their objectives. The conference will also examine public attitudes to the European Court of Justice in the context of wider UK attitudes around international legal institutions, such as the European Court of Human Rights, and the role they play in UK political debates.

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> Renegotiation, Reform and Referendum: Does Britain have an EU future? London Conference

Date: Tuesday 11th February 2014

Time: 3.30pm-7.00pm (Followed by drinks)

Venue: Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3EU

Speakers:

  • Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC MP, Minster without Portfolio, Cabinet Office
  • Gareth Thomas MP, Shadow Europe Minister
  • Andrea Leadsom MP, Conservative MP and Founder of the Fresh Start Project
  • Baroness Falkner, Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs Spokesperson
  • Prof Tim Congdon, UKIP Economics Spokesman
  • Sir Stuart Etherington, Chief Executive, NCVO
  • Owen Tudor, Head of European Union and International Relations, TUC
  • Andy Bagnall, Director of Campaigns, CBI
  • Jackie Minor, Head of Representation, European Commission Representation in the United Kingdom
  • John Peet, Europe Editor, The Economist
  • Mary Dejevsky, Columnist, The Independent

BBC Parliament recorded the political panel debate which is available on on BBC Iplayer.

This upcoming London Conference, in partnership with the European Commission Representation in the UK, aims to examine the key details around the proposed renegotiation of competences, the options for reform of how the European Union operates and the planned 2017 EU membership referendum. The conference will assess the objectives of different political and societal stakeholders as well as explore the key drivers of public sentiment. It will examine what reforms the EU is being asked to undertake by key business, NGO and union stakeholders on a regular basis through the development of ordinary EU legislation and where extra political impetus outside business as usual would be required to achieve key objectives. The conference would explore the areas of EU competence that different stakeholders would like to see addressed as part of any UK renegotiation initiative. It will also review how such renegotiation proposals and the wider UK debate is regarded in other member states and how EU partners plan to respond to British requests.

The conference is now operating a waiting list as it is currently full. Please contact events@fpc.org.uk

Download Renegotiation, Reform and Referendum: London Conference (430 kilobyte PDF)


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> The financial revolution in Africa: Mobile payments services in a new global age

Conference logo

An FPC, FCO, City of London and 'This is Africa' conference

DATE: Wednesday 28 March 2012

TIME: 10.00am - 5.00pm (registration from 9.30am)

VENUE: City of London venue (tbc)

A summary report of the conference is available here

Speakers included:

  • Baroness Lindsay Northover, Government Whip & Spokesperson on International Development
  • Sam Gyimah MP, UK Parliamentary International Development Committee
  • Chi Onwurah MP, Shadow Minister Innovation Science & Digital Infrastructure
  • Gilbert Mbesherubusa, Vice President, African Development Bank
  • Susie Lonie, Co-Creator, M-PESA and SJL CS Ltd
  • Michael Joseph, Vodafone Group & World Bank Adviser
  • Lanre Akinola, Editor, This is Africa (Financial Times Ltd)
  • Claire Alexandre, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Mahesh Mishra, UK Department for International Development
  • Quan Le, GMX Consulting Ltd
  • V. Claude Ramazani Mwambo, Central Bank of the Congo
  • Usoro Anthony Usoro, MTN
  • Christine Hougaard, Finmark Trust
  • Leon Isaacs, International Association of Money Transfer Networks
  • Shane Riedel, Director, Compliance, Citigroup
  • Dominic Peachey, Flawless Money Ltd
  • Lucy Kinunda, Director, National Payment Systems, Bank of Tanzania
  • Lola Adebanji, EMEA Regional Lead, Mobile Initiatives, Citigroup
  • Eli Hini, MTN Ghana
  • Cicero Torteli, Freeddom
  • Matthew Dill, Visa Inc
  • Prateek Shrivastava, Monitise Group Plc

Revenues from mobile payment transactions through mobile money payments services such as M-PESA in Kenya are estimated to reach approximately US$265 billion by 2015, up from approximately US$25 billion in 2010. Much of the innovation and revenue opportunities are concentrated in the developing world and high growth emerging economies in regions such as Africa, Asia Pacific (APAC) and the Middle East, where more than one billion people have access to a mobile phone but little, if any, have access to formal financial services. Across these regions, the mobile money user base will account for almost 85 per cent of mobile money users worldwide by 2013.

The Foreign Policy Centre (FPC) in partnership with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and in association with the City of London and This is Africa, the FT's bi-monthly magazine, hosted this one day London conference focused on how to regulate and expand the provision of mobile payments services across Africa and beyond. The event aimed to develop an evidence-based understanding of the risks and challenges associated with regulating and expanding mobile payments services in a global age of financial austerity and economic uncertainty. Through a series of main plenary sessions and working group discussions, the aim of the event was to bring together and pool the thinking of many of the experts and specialists operating in the global mobile money sector. The conference sought to promote greater dialogue, an exchange of ideas and partnership between financial regulators, telecommunications network providers, manufacturers, banks (and financial institutions), technology providers, development practitioners, consumer groups and many other key stakeholders. After the event, two outputs were produced:

Some presentations from the conference are available to download:

Download Conference flyer (240 kilobyte PDF)


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> Single Market, Equal Rights?

UK perspectives on EU employment and social law

A Foreign Policy Centre, European Commission Representation in the UK and TUC project

Date: Friday 10 February 2012, 2pm-5.45pm (Registration and lunch from 1pm, event followed by networking drinks)

Venue: TUC Congress House, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3LS

The FPC, ECUK and TUC's 'Single Market, Equal Rights?' conference was a high profile half-day event that brought together a range of different British perspectives on the EU's role in employment and social law. The conference looked at the current state of the debate in Brussels on employment and social rights, took the political temperature in the UK around the issue and set out the benefits and challenges for workers, businesses and the country.

The Conference involved a range of high profile speakers including:

  • Commissioner Laszlo Andor, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
  • Emma Reynolds MP, Shadow Europe Minister
  • Brendan Barber, General Secretary, TUC
  • Professor Anne Davies, University of Oxford
  • Lord Monks, former General Secretary, ETUC
  • Billy Hayes, General Secretary, CWU and TUC Europe Spokesperson
  • Karen Clements, British Chambers of Commerce
  • Mats Persson, Director, Open Europe

The conference launched the Single Market, Equal Rights? pamphlet.

To listen to the conference click on the audio links from the FPC Blog here- http://blog.fpc.org.uk/2012/02/single-market-equal-rights-conference.html

Download Single Market, Equal Rights invite (180 kilobyte PDF)


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> The African growth revolution? Mobile banking in a global age

Monday 28 March 2011

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and Foreign Policy Centre (FPC) roundtable

Speakers included:

  • Henry Bellingham MP, UK Minister for Africa, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • H.E. Abdulkareem H. Jama, Minister of Information, Posts & Telecommunications, Somalia
  • Dr Louis Kasekende, Deputy Governor, Bank of Uganda
  • Mahesh Mishra, Private Sector Development Adviser, Investment & Finance Team, Department for International Development (DfID)
  • Michael Ward, Head of Commercial Diplomacy Taskforce, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)
  • Lanre Akinola, Associate Editor, This is Africa, Financial Times Ltd
  • Funmilayo Omogbenigun, General Manger, Corporate Communications, MTN Nigeria
  • Adela Klirova, Public Policy Executive, Emerging Markets, Vodafone Group External Affairs
  • Kwaku Ofosu-Adarkwa, Chief Director (Permanent Secretary), Ministry of Communications, Ghana
  • Quan Le, Associate Director, PwC
  • Susie Lonie, Co-Creator, M-PESA, Vodacom
  • Eric Coffie, Head, M-Commerce, Airtel Africa
  • Ireti Samuel-Ogbu, Managing Director, Cash Management Head, Africa, Citigroup
  • Tomasz Smilowicz, Managing Director, Global Head of Mobile Solutions, Citi Global Transaction Services
  • Abdirashid Duale, British Somali entrepreneur and CEO, Dahabshiil (one of Africa's largest money transfer agencies)
  • Shaygan Kheradpir, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Global Retail Banking Division, Barclays
  • Sally Axworthy, Head of Department for East Africa, Great Lakes and Strategy, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)
  • NneNne Iwuji-Eme, Head of Great Lakes Section, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)

This event explored how the success of mobile banking in countries such as South Africa and Kenya might be scaled up and replicated in other economies such as Ghana and Nigeria, where mobile phone penetration is good but markets hold great potential for further expansion. The event also examined those economies where mobile phone penetration is low and where technological innovation could provide limitless opportunities to rapidly bridge the development gap. In particular, the event sought to establish concrete recommendations for how to maximise the development impact of mobile banking services by creating an enabling and robust regulatory climate and competitive environment which promotes accessibility and for mobile banking service users, while developing a healthy investment climate to attract both domestic and foreign investors.

The event brought together approximately 50 participants from business and enterprise across the banking and telecommunications sectors, both in the UK and from Africa, as well as representatives from the UK and African governments and agencies (including regulators), as well as other key stakeholders.

Please see the links below for the concept note and speaker presentations.

The African growth revolution? Mobile banking in a global age: Summary Report

Funmi Omogbenigun presentation

Adela Klirova presentation

Kwaku Ofosu-Adarkwa presentation

Ireti Samuel-Ogbu and Tomasz Smilowicz presentation

The Challenges of Replicating and Scaling Up Mobile Banking Services

Abdirashid Duale presentation

Download Concept note - The African growth revolution? (180 kilobyte PDF)


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> Banking on Africa: Transforming enterprise, investment and innovation - an FPC, Barclays and City of London Conference

Banking on Africa

Tuesday 30 November, 10.30am - 5.15pm

With a networking lunch, followed by a drinks reception

Venue: Vintner's Hall, Upper Thames St, London EC4V 3BG

This Foreign Policy Centre and Barclays conference, held in association with City of London, will explore how expanding the reach and scope of banking and financial services across Africa can support enterprise and innovation for development and secure greater financial inclusion.

Speakers will include:

  • Stephen O'Brien MP, International Development Minister
  • Rt Hon Malcolm Bruce MP, Chair, International Development Committee
  • Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, former Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Ghana
  • Ashok Vaswani, CEO, Barclays Africa
  • Mark Boleat, Deputy Policy Chairman, City of London
  • Gibril Faal, Chair, AFFORD & Director, GK Partners
  • Chris West, Director, Shell Foundation
  • Patrick Smith, Editor, Africa Confidential
  • Alison Evans, Director, Overseas Development Institute
  • Dr Stephen Spratt, Institute for Development Studies (IDS)
  • And many more (see programme below for details)

Click below to download conference presentations from:

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Please download either the Word or PDF version below, fill it in and email back to: anna.owen[at]fpc.org.uk

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> Turkey 2020 conference, Istanbul, Friday 28 May

On Friday 28 May 2010, The FPC held a major conference in Istanbul 'Turkey 2020: Challenges and Opportunities' at the Point Barbaros Hotel. Exploring the key themes of Turkey's Economic Future, Turkey in the World and A Turkey for all its Citizens it brought together leading progressive thinkers from academia, journalism, business, ngos and politics.

Mustafa Sarigül, leader of Turkey's Change Movement, delivered the keynote speech and its contents can be viewed at http://fpc.org.uk/fsblob/1210.pdf

Download The full speaker line up for Turkey 2020 (180 kilobyte PDF)


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> FPC at the 2009 Compass National Conference: "Tax justice: The missing link in the fight against poverty?"

Compass

Date: Saturday 13 June at 11.15am

Venue: Institute of Education, London

Speakers:

  • Richard Howitt MEP, Labour MEP for the East of England
  • John Evans, General Secretary, Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC) to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
  • Claire Melamed, Head of Policy Coordination, ActionAid
  • Mark Ashurst, Director, Africa Research Institute

This year's Compass National and Robin Cook Memorial Conference took place on Saturday 13 June at the Institute of Education and was themed around building a new political and economic settlement for the 21st century with democracy, equality and sustainability at its heart. The key purpose of the event was to make the case that there can be 'No Turning Back' to the failed ideas of the free market consensus.

The Foreign Policy Centre hosted a break-out session entitled 'Tax justice: The missing link in the fight against poverty?'


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