Brussels for Breakfast
Held on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.
With support from Grant Thornton.
Graham Bishop (independent consultant, grahambishop.com)
Fiona Wright (Brunswick)
Well, we cannot offer you Tim Barrow, at least not yet. Or even Ivan Rogers or Jonathan Hill. But we can offer you the next best thing: Graham Bishop, indefatigable guardian of the European dream through his eponymous website, grahambishop.com. There is (I venture to suggest) no-one who knows the minutiae of European financial regulation as well as Graham – at least not in London.
However, in Brussels, he has competition. And, this month, we are delighted to welcome Fiona Wright to keep Graham’s attention focused what really matters, and to fill in the blanks.
Fiona is a director at Brunswick, in Brussels, specialising in financial services, trade and economic affairs. She has a PhD in political science, started her career as an assistant professor in Wisconsin, worked on Capitol Hill, moved to the UK Treasury, spent almost three years at the Commission, and has been a financial services consultant in Brussels since 2012. She joined Brunswick last September from cabinetDN, at a time when inside knowledge of EU financial regulation has never been more important.
Clearly, we cannot avoid talking about “Brexit” – and I certainly hope that both Graham and Fiona will give us the kind of insight into how (pre-) negotions are being handled within the Brussels institutions (and UKRep) that Hans Hack gave us a couple of months ago. But there is more to life than that.
There is (for instance):
- the controversy over Italy’s bank bail-out plan;
- the “revelation” of Juncker’s efforts to promote Luxembourg as a centre for tax avoidance (and taxation issues more widely); and
- Germany’s equivocation on the third pillar of Banking Union.
And so on… Anyway, we very much hope that you can join us, and share your own insights/concerns. If you do want to come, or share your thoughts, please let us know by calling the Centre on 0207 7621 1056 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. As usual, thanks to our generous hosts, there will be tea, coffee and buns.