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German British Forum: Britain’s Future in Europe – 3 March 2016

Political and business personalities debate possible British EU withdrawal.

  • Conference and Dinner: Britain’s Future in Europe – Anglo-German Perspectives.
  • 2.30pm – 10.15pm, Thursday 3March 2016.
  • The Carpenters’ Hall, 1 Throgmorton Avenue, London, EC2N 2JJ.
  • Joint event organised by German-British Forum and Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum.

Wolfgang Schäuble, Germany’s finance minister, will set out his country’s perspectives on Europe in the context of the ‘Brexit’ debate when he addresses the GBF-OMFIF conference on 3 March.

A range of speakers will discuss the financial, industrial and political ramifications of Britain staying in or leaving the EU – the subject of a UK referendum that could take place in June. The dinner address is by Christian Noyer, honorary governor, Banque de France, who will speak on ‘Reflections on Britain, France, Germany and Europe’.

Bob Bischof, chairman of German-British Forum, said the conference would provide the foundation for a timely debate. ‘The conference will analyse in a fair-minded and rational manner this enormously important issue for Britain and the rest of Europe. We will engage both sides of the argument in a way that we hope will allow all participants to come to the right conclusions ahead of the referendum’ he said.

The conference is sponsored by Siemens plc, DZ Bank, Robert Bosch, Hessische Landesbank and Nabarro LLP. It is supported by British Chamber of Commerce in Germany, the German British Chamber of Industry & Commerce, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and EEF, the manufacturer’s organisation.

Along with Dr Schäuble, speakers on the political, business, financial, industrial and security aspects of Britain’s relationship with Europe include:

  • Peter Ammon, German ambassador to the UK
  • Bob Bischof, chairman, German-British Forum
  • Lady Caroline Dalmeny, Opinion Leaders Forum, UK Ministry of Defence
  • Matthew Elliott, chief executive, Business for Britain
  • Patricia Godfrey, partner, Nabarro LLP
  • Alan Halsall, chief executive, Silver Cross
  • Mike Hawes, chief executive, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders
  • Nicola Horlick, chief executive, Money&Co
  • Otmar Issing, President, Center for Financial Studies, Frankfurt,  former executive board member, European Central Bank
  • John Kornblum, former US ambassador to Germany
  • Gerard Lyons, economic adviser, Mayor of London
  • Denis MacShane, former UK Minister for Europe
  • Lord Peter Mandelson, former UK European Commissioner
  • Juergen Maier, chief executive, Siemens plc
  • David Marsh, managing director, Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum
  • Lord David Owen, former UK foreign secretary
  • Ian Robertson, member of the board, BMW
  • Terry Scuoler, chief executive, EEF
  • General Sir Richard Shirreff, former deputy supreme allied commander, Europe

To view full agenda and to register interest in attending, go to http://www.gbf.com/conference/britains-future-in-europe-gbf-conference-2016/

Media places are available. To register interest, please contact Lee Hibbert, Technical Publicity, LHibbert@technical-group.com or call 01582 390980


Notes to Editors:

The German-British Forum was established in 1995 to reinforce pivotal political and business relationships to promote education and social exchange between Germany and Britain. It brings together practical and independent individuals whose aim is to enhance cooperation between the two countries at all levels.

The GBF Annual Conference has hosted events for high-ranking business people and politicians in the two countries for 20 years. Speakers have included Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, Helmut Schmidt, Gerhard Schröder, George Soros, Alistair Darling and Kenneth Clarke.

The 2016 conference, Britain’s Future in Europe, is sponsored by: The German British Forum, Siemens, DZ Bank, BOSCH, EEF, OMFIF, Helaba Bank, and Nabarro LLP. It is also supported by the British Chamber of Commerce in Germany, The German British Chamber of Industry & Commerce, The Foreign Commonwealth Office and the German Embassy in London.

Media contact: Lee Hibbert at Technical Publicity, LHibbert@technical-group.com / 01582 390980.

Event contact: Will Stirling at the German British Forum, +44 (0) 20 8973 0920 and +44 (0)7920 179496. Email: will@stirlingmedialtd.com and info@gbf.com.

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