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YPFP London: Tools of the Trade series: Getting the most out of Europe
With Britain’s relationship to the EU on top of the political agenda again, YPFP is delighted to bring into the spotlight the people who influence the discussion from outside the Brussels bubble and who will give us a unique insight into their work.
David Cameron’s plans to renegotiate how the UK interacts with its European neighbours and hold a referendum on EU membership have the potential to fundamentally change the political landscape in the UK. How do those who work on UK-EU relations in London perceive their role and what strategies do they use to achieve their goals? What is the relevance of public opinion and perceptions in this field? And what skills are necessary to work in this environment?
YPFP invites you to look behind the scenes in its ‘Tool of the Trade’ event series which explores different areas within the field of foreign policy and provides an opportunity hear about the work, day to day involvement and career paths of foreign policy professionals.
Gergely Polner, Head of Outreach and Public Affairs, European Parliament Information Office in the UK
Gergely worked as a trial lawyer in Budapest before joining the European Parliament in Brussels in 2005 where he worked with MEPs, NGOs and universities in the Visits and Seminars Unit. He moved to the Parliament’s UK Information Office in August 2010 where he is responsible for outreach and public affairs with special emphasis on citizens' fora and network building. He is a keen commentator on public perception of EU politics in the UK.
Pawel Swidlicki, Research Analyst, Open Europe
Pawel is a research analyst for the think-tank Open Europe where he specialises in Central and Eastern European politics and economics. He has written numerous publications on EU budget reform and structural fund for Open Europe and the Guardian. Before joining Open Europe in 2011 he worked for a City firm for two years and subsequently gained experience in the office of a Lib Dem MP in Westminster.
Andreas Müllerleile, Editor/Communication manager, European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)
Andreas is a media savvy EU specialist who has been involved in a variety of online projects and initiatives. He is the co-founder of bloggingportal.eu and has been an editor at Th!nk about it and IdeasonEurope.eu. He previously worked for the European Foundation Centre in Brussels and interned at the Delegation of the European Commission to Romania as well as at the Goethe Institute in Bucharest. Andreas is currently completing a PhD in European Studies at Loughborough University (UK) and serves as committee member and trustee of the University Association of Contemporary European Studies.
Andrew Hood, Deputy Director European and Global Issues Secretariat, Cabinet Office
Andrew Hood is a Deputy Director at the Cabinet Office working on EU issues. He is responsible for the day to day organisation of the cross-Government Balance of Competence Review – looking at which competences lie with the EU and which with the UK. He also leads on the relationship of the UK’s Devolved Administrations with the EU. Andrew is a barrister-at-law and has been a member of the Diplomatic Service since 2003 where he has worked on a wide range of international legal and policy issues. He has served in Baghdad, New York and most recently at the UK Representation to the EU in Brussels
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