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James ELLES registered to attend the ICT 2013 Event

European Parliament

James Elles, UK Conservative Member of the European Parliament for South East England.

James Elles has been a Member of the European Parliament since 1984. He became an MEP after an eight-year career as a civil servant with the European Commission. James is one of four Conservative MEPs for the South-East region.

Now in his sixth term, James is the longest serving member of the European Parliament’s budgets committee. James is also a substitute member of the foreign affairs committee as well as the European Parliament Delegation to the US. He was rapporteur (the person appointed to steer a measure through Parliament) for the 1996 Budget which was regarded as the best “value for money” budget seen in the European Parliament as well as for the 2007 Budget.

He founded the Transatlantic Policy Network (TPN) in 1992 of which he resumed chairmanship in 2009. The purpose of TPN is to help build bridges between the US and EU involving business and policy-makers on both sides of the Atlantic. He co-founded the European Internet Foundation (EIF) in 2000, and remains a governor, and set up the European Ideas Network (EIN), a pan-European think-tank, in 2002, stepping down as chairman in March 2008. He drafted the amendments which led to the creation of ESPAS (European Strategy and Policy Analysis System) and chairs the current Taskforce.