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17:30 - 19:00 17 October 2013

Is this Time Different? The 2014 European Parliament Elections


131 A V Hill Lecture Theatre | Medical Sciences and Anatomy Building (link Map)
Gower Street | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Fiona Hall, Member of the European Parliament, Fiona Hall was first elected as a Liberal Democrat Member of the European Parliament for the North East of England in June 2004 and was re-elected in 2009. In July 2009 Fiona was elected as Leader of the Liberal Democrat European Parliamentary Party. Fiona is a full member of the Industry, Research and Energy Committee and has led the ALDE (Liberals and Democrats) Group on energy efficiency, renewable energy and radio spectrum issues. Fiona is a substitute member of the Development Committee, working in particular on natural disasters, climate change and economic partnership agreements.
Simon Hix, Professor of European and Comparative Politics, LSE, Simon Hix is Professor of European and Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is also Head of the Department of Government at the LSE and Chairman of VoteWatch.eu (http://VoteWatch.eu). He researches, writes, teaches and consults extensively on EU politics, the European Parliament, and European elections and electoral systems. He is a Fellow of the British Academy.
Michael Shackleton, Special Professor in European Institutions, Maastricht University, Michael Shackleton is Special Professor in European Institutions at the University of Maastricht. He spent most of his career in the Secretariat of the European Parliament in Luxembourg and Brussels, where his jobs included heading the service responsible for conciliation negotiations between Council and Parliament, setting up europarltv, the European Parliament webTV channel, and finally, running the UK Information Office in London. He has published on a variety of European Union topics. The eighth edition of The European Parliament, co-authored with Francis Jacobs and Richard Corbett, was published in June 2011.
Tom Spencer, Deputy Chairman, Pro Europa, Tom Spencer divides his time between the academic and political worlds. He writes and lectures widely on Europe, lobbying, public affairs, the environment and foreign policy. He is Deputy Chairman of Pro Europa (Brussels Council of the British European Movement), a Member of The Council of the European Movement in the UK, of the Council of the Conservative Europe Group (CEG) and of the Positive European Network (PEN). He is a member of The Council of Federal Trust 2003-, and of the Advisory Board of CRonEM (The Centre for Research on the European Matrix) at the University of Surrey, 2012.
Christine Reh, Senior Lecturer in European Politics, UCL, School of Public Policy

This event brings together distinguished politicians and academics to discuss the process of candidate selection and its likely political and institutional consequences, before, during and after May 2014. Will the new way of candidate selection give voters a genuine choice in a pan-European campaign? Will this process, in turn, lead to the EU’s politicisation, as advocated by some and feared by others? Will it transform the role of political parties, both inside and outside the European Parliament? Will open, party political competition over the Commission Presidency change the relationship between the Commission, the Parliament and Europe’s governments, and swing the pendulum back towards supranational Union?

All citizens European and non-European are warmly invited to attend and debate!


Dimitrios Kraniotis
+44 (0)207 679 4902 | d.kraniotis@ucl.ac.uk


Registration for the event