DATE: Thursday 6th March 2014
VENUE: Conference Auditorium 2, University of Leeds, Leeds, Yorkshire
Rebecca Taylor MEP, Liberal Democrats
Dr Richard Corbett, Labour MEP Candidate and former cabinet member to President Van Rompuy
Alex Story, Conservative MEP Candidate
Dr Richard Hayton, Lecturer in Politics, University of Leeds
Chair: Bernard Ginns, Business Editor, Yorkshire Post
This upcoming Leeds seminar, in partnership with the European Commission Representation in the UK and the University of Leeds, 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 seminar 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 busi-ness as usual would be required to achieve key objectives. The seminar 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 seminar will also act as a launch event for the new publication Renegotiation, Reform and
Referendum: Does Britain have an EU future?- Free copies will be available.
This event is free to attend and open to all. Refreshments will be
provided. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to: email@example.com