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This newsletter summarises the main UK media-friendly events, announcements and visits scheduled by the European Commission for the month ahead.It provides media advisory and background information for journalists. All information is provisional and the European Commission reserves the right to make changes.

For more information and media opportunities, unless stated otherwise below:

EC London Press Office
Tel: + 44 (0) 207 973 1971

(Note: contact details may differ for some events outlined below)

    planning ahead 18 September to 18 October

    Commissioner visits to the UK

    22 September, Manchester

    EU Employment Commissioner László Andor will speak at a fringe event at the Labour Party Conference, for detail see below.

    29 September, London

    EU Internal Market and Financial Services Commissioner Michel Barnier will address the Worship Company of the World Traders, for detail see below.

    14 October, London

    EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström will speak at an LSE conference 'Secure the Borders!' The Cost and Consequences of Europe's 'Fight Against Irregular Migration'

    Brussels Agenda and sources

    All dates subject to change. For all announcements below, comprehensive press material will be made available on the day on the Commission's press release database Rapid

    Details of times of press conferences, live streaming and on-demand access via Europe by Satellite.

    22 September, Brussels: What difference does Erasmus make on employability

    The European Commission will present an independent study on how the Erasmus student exchange programme affects its alumni employability and skills. The study also examines if a person is more likely to take employment abroad after an Erasmus experience. A record 268,000 students received Erasmus grants in the 2012-2013 academic year. Erasmus+, the new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport, will enable a further 2 million higher education students and 300,000 higher education staff to study or train abroad between 2014 and 2020. In the UK, nearly a quarter of a million students, apprentices, teachers and youth staff are expected to benefit from Erasmus+ grants between now and 2020.

    Press conference by EU Education Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou, available via Europe by Satellite

    Background on Erasmus+

    Erasmus+ in the UK  


    From 29 September, Strasbourg: Commissioner designates hearings in the European Parliament

    The Commissioner designates will appear before the European Parliament committees dealing with their proposed areas of responsibilities. These hearings are due before the EP can in plenary vote on the composition of the new College in its entirety. The hearings will be streamed live online – details on the technical arrangements, including up-to-date links, are expected later this week. President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker announced the portfolios of the new Commissioner-designates and the structure of the new Commission last week. His team includes 5 former Prime Ministers, 4 former Deputy Prime Ministers, 19 former Ministers, 7 returning Commissioners (including Jyrki Katainen who joined the Barroso II Commission in July 2014 to replace Olli Rehn) and 8 former Members of the European Parliament.

    The structure of the new Commission Latest details on the hearings 

    30 September:Luxembourg: Eurostat inflation and unemployment figures

    The EU's statistical agency will release figures for unemployment (August 2014) and flash Euro area inflation (September 2014).

    The data will be made available on Eurostat's website Eurostat Home

    6-9 October, Brussels, Regional policy: European week of cities and regions

    Now in its 12th year the European week of cities and regions brings together policy makers, local and regional representatives and EU regional funding project managers from across Europe to debate the challenges cities and regions face and to discuss solutions and share best practice. Registration is still open for the seminars and workshops in Brussels. Events and discussions also take place across the member states.

    Registration for the annual forum in Brussels

    Detail on events in the UK


    Other UK events

    23 September, London: In or Out

    Radius – an organisation that aims to show firms the value of harnessing the diversity of all employees – is organising a panel discussion on the UK's membership in the EU. The organisers want to focus the discussion on what factors the audience should consider and what information they might want to understand in more detail. Confirmed speakers include: Margot James MP, David Lutton, London First, Jackie Minor, Head of the European Commission representation in the UK and Sean McGuire, CBI Brussels.

    A registration fee of GBP 30 applies to this event.

    26 September, Researchers Night: What do researchers really do and why does it matter to our daily life?

    Researchers' night takes place every year all over Europe on the fourth Friday of September. This year, these popular science events – which include behind-the-scenes guided tours of research labs that are normally closed to the public, interactive science shows, hands-on experiments or workshops - are happening in about 300 cities across Europe. A taster of UK events promises an afterhours opening of the Natural History Museum in London or a session in York that will show visitors how to deal with an angry polar bear. Events will be held in: Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Edinburgh, London and York.


    For UK events near you

    29 September, London: Challenges for the City in a changing EU

    The Worship Company of the World Traders – an active livery company of the City of London – is organising a debate to measure the City of London agenda against EU plans. The ambition of this event is to discuss three main topics: is there convergence between the City's expectations and the EU's views on the single market in financial services; as the Eurozone moves towards closer integration can the City expect a level playing field and can joint action with actors in other member states help the City to influence the EU's agenda. The keynote speaker for the event is the EU Single Market and Financial Services Commissioner Michel Barnier. The debate will be opened by the Lord Mayor Alderman Fiona Woolf. Confirmed speakers for the panel include: Peter Ammon, German Ambassador to the UK, Sir Andrew Cahn, Nomura,Rachel Lomax, HSBC, Helena Morrissey, Newton Asset Management and Andre Villeneuve, ICE Benchmark Administration.


    For further information, please email Jean Claude Bannon,


    13 October, London: Europe: "in, out, shake it all about"

    London First, a business membership organisation, is organising a roundtable to discuss Britain's relationship with the EU and its influence over the UK capital economic success. Jackie Minor, Head of the European Commission representation in the UK will speak at the roundtable.

    Currently, this event is fully booked. For more information


    Fringe events at the party conferences:

    22 September, 8.30-9.45 Manchester, Labour Party Conference: The future of the European Union: what is Labour’s plan?

    EU Employment Commissioner László Andor will speak at this event. Other confirmed speakersinclude:Richard Corbett MEP, Owen Tudor, TUC, Charles Grant, Centre for European Reform and Vicky Pryce, Centre for Economic and Business Research.

    The event will take place inside the secure zone.


    To attend, please register 

    30 September, 8-9.30 Birmingham, Conservative Party Conference: What does the future of the EU look like from a Conservative perspective?

    UK Minister for Europe David Lidington MP will speak at this event. Other confirmed speakers include: Malcolm Harbour CBE, Member of European Parliament 1999 – 2014, Jackie Minor, Head of the European Commission Representation in the UK, Simon Tilford, Centre for European Reform and Katja Hall, CBI.

    The event will be held inside the secure zone.


    To attend, please register 

    7 October, 8-9 Glasgow, Lib-Dem Party Conference: Single Market: making the internal energy market work?

    Confirmed speakers for this event include: Lord Teverson, Dr Doug Parr, Greenpeace and Stephen Tindale, Centre for European Reform.


    To attend, please register 

    Also in the news

    26 September, British Library, London: International translation day

    The British Library is hosting a day of conferences in cooperation with a range of specialised organisations, among them Free Word and the British PEN society. This year’s symposium will include sessions on the role of translators in education, effective promotion techniques, continuing professional development for translators, and the opportunity to network and share ideas.

    There is a GBP 35 registration fee.

    Detailed programme and registration

    A selection from our websites

    The European Commission has invited proposals for transport projects to improve Europe's infrastructure. Detail on what is available for UK applicants.  

    We now have a weekly round-up of EU news which you can find on our website.


    Contact details

    European Commission Representation in the UK, Press Office
    Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU
    Tel: 020 7973 1971| Email:

    European Commission Representation in the UK - @EULondonrep
    Mark English (Head of Media) - @EULondonMark


    Last update: 19/09/2014  |Top