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Newsletter planning ahead from 13 February to 13 March

This newsletter summarises the main UK media-friendly events, announcements and visits scheduled by the European Commission – as well as think-tanks and other stakeholders in London – 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.

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EC London Press Office
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Commissioner visits to the UK

None currently planned for the period.

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.

No major announcements currently planned.

UK events

19 February, LSE, London – Brexit: the Constitution and the future of the UK

The European Institute at the London School of Economics will host a discussion with participants Professor Vernon Bordanor, King's College London and Catherine Haddon, Institute of Government.


25 February, London – Brexit reflections: where do we stand?

The Centre for European Law and the UK in a Changing Europe research initiative are co-hosting a public lecture with Ian Forrester QC, Judge, General Court of the European Union.


27 February, London – Immigration: law, policy and economics

The UK in a Changing Europe are organising a conference on immigration after Brexit and the government white paper on immigration. Confirmed speakers are: Professor Steve Peers, University of Essex, Madeleine Sumption, Migration Observatory, Oxford University, Professor Catherine Bernard, Cambridge University and Jonathan Portes, King's College London.


27 February, Chatham House, London - The Geopolitical Positioning of Europe

The President of Slovenia Borut Pahor will discuss the challenges that the European continent is facing and he will elaborate on his vision on the future of Europe and its place on the global stage.
Focusing on the Western Balkan region but also looking wider at the EU, he will make the case for strengthening the rule of law and democracy and he will emphasise the importance of reconciliation, peace and compromise.


7-8 March, Chatham House, London – Security and Defence 2019

The annual Chatham House Security and Defence conference will discuss topics such as: what factors are driving the new patterns in diplomacy, and what do they mean for international security; what is the status of regional and global alignment over defence goals and norms, and what are the implications for future cooperation or what is now required for nations to effectively defend themselves. Among the expected speakers are: Sir Julian King, EU Commissioner for Security Union, Carl Bildt, former Swedish Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia, Frank Bakke-Jensen, Minister of Defence, Norway, Ank Bijleveld-Schouten, Minister of Defence, The Netherlands, Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces, France, Tobias Ellwood MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defence and Sir Mark Sedwill, UK National Security Adviser.

The conference will be held under the Chatham House Rule.

Detail and up to date list of speakers