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Business for New Europe

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on what dates since 1 January 2007 (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department or its predecessor have had discussions with Business for New Europe on European matters. (243106)

BERR and its predecessor DTI Ministers and officials have cooperated and engaged with Business for New Europe (BNE), along with other organisations interested in the EU, on events related to EU policy. Similarly officials have had regular discussions with members of the BNE secretariat in preparation for these events. The attached list at Annex A gives further details of BERR events or ministerial meetings involving BNE since 1 January 2007.

ANNEX A

11 September 2007: the BERR Secretary of State (John Hutton) had an introductory meeting with BNE members

19 December 2007: John Hutton attended a BNE breakfast event on Europe

14 January 2008: The BERR/FCO "Business Priorities for a Global Europe" Conference was organised in cooperation with BNE, with Roland Rudd chairing the event and BERR Secretary of State John Hutton was one of the speakers.

7 May 2008: BERR Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Shriti Vadera spoke at BNE Enlargement Seminar

17 June 2008: John Hutton attended a dinner with BNE members

8 December 2008: The Global Europe Business Summit was attended by BERR Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Shriti Vadera and Roland Rudd was one of the business participants (representing BNE)

10 December 2008: Lord Mandelson had a breakfast meeting with Roland Rudd and several BNE company members to discuss EU economic reform issues

17 December 2008: Lord Mandelson had a second breakfast meeting with Roland Rudd and several other BNE company members to discuss EU economic reform issues