European Movement – Building Bridges


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

Building bridges for a successful campaign to stay in the European Union

From 09:00 until 17:30

At Europe House (London)

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

The UK’s continued membership of the European Union (EU) is being increasingly advocated publicly by leading businesses and social partners. The urgent need now is to build confidence and co-operation between pro-Europeans in the main political parties and key stakeholders in advance of a possible referendum. This seminar, convened by the non-partisan European Movement, will bring together MPs, members of political parties, business, unions, NGOs, the media, communications firms, the European Movement and other leading opinion formers. The seminar aims to help build a cohesive pro-European campaign, and to identify tailored messages and the best means to target key voting segments such as the under 25s, women and ethnic minorities. In order to maximise the opportunity for inter-active discussion, speakers in the first two sessions have been asked to intervene for no more than 5 minutes each. Discussion will be on the record to allow messages to be communicated to a wider audience. 


915: Welcome:   Petros Fassoulas, Chairman, European Movement UK

                            Jacqueline Minor, Head of Representation, European Commission, London




This session will discuss securing the support of key stakeholders such as large and small business, and the unions. What are the most relevant messages for each stakeholder group to maximize their support, and that of their employees or members, for continued EU membership?


         Chair: David Grace, Senior Vice-Chair, European Movement; Director, Social Liberal Forum


                     Alisdair McIntosh, Director, Business for New Europe (BNE), London

                     Owen Tudor, Head, EU Affairs, Trades Union Congress (TUC)

                     Alexandra Renison, Europe & Trade Policy Adviser, Institute of Directors                    




After a ten minute overview by the chair of research on public attitudes towards key issues such as immigration, this session will discuss securing the support of key voter segments such as the ‘mainstream’, youth, ethnic minorities, and EU 27 nationals resident in the UK. What are the core messages for each group to maximize their support for our continued EU membership? How best to communicate with them?


           Chair: Sunder Katwala, Director, British Future


                      Peter Wilding, Director, British Influence, London                    

                      Filippo Addarii, Head, EuropeLab, Young Foundation

                      Roger Casale, Chair, New Europeans


1145              Coffee




What are the scenarios and prospects for any renegotiation and a referendum? What are the lessons from the previous Dutch and Irish EU referendums? Participants are invited in particular to draw lessons from the recent Scottish independence referendum where appropriate.


           Chair: Baroness Smith of Newnham, Liberal Democrat peer and Director, European

                                                                          Centre, POLIS, Cambridge University


                      Dr Richard Corbett MEP, Deputy Leader, Labour MEPs, European Parliament

                      Michiel van Hulten, Visiting Senior Fellow, European Institute, London School of

                                                        Economics and Political Science; former Dutch Labour MEP


1315 Sandwich lunch (tea, coffee, orange juice and water available)


All organisations in the seminar have been invited to display their pamphlets, newsletters and blogs relating to their work on the EU and the UK’s continued membership.




The concluding session will highlight key conclusions from the seminar and action points which can best contribute to an effective non-partisan campaign for staying in the EU.


         Chair: Nick Hopkinson, Member, National Executive, European Movement;

                                                  former Director, Wilton Park, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Reflecting on the previous sessions, what is the best strategy to win a possible EU referendum? What are the key messages for each voting segment and how best to win support?


                    Peter Kellner, President, YouGov


1515-1600 Open discussion: the way forward and action points


1600-1615: Concluding Remarks


                   Laura Sandys MP, Conservative member for South Thanet



1615-1730  Networking reception (wine, water and orange juice available)




Enquiries about participation and the programme to: Nick Hopkinson, National Executive Member, European Movement. contact:


Places are strictly limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis whilst ensuring a range of institutions are represented. The programme is subject to change.

 European Commission Logo EMLogo

This entry was posted in Uncategorised. Bookmark the permalink.
Skip to toolbar