EuroComment Dialogue Group

-

A productive meeting of the Dialogue Group was held in Madrid on July 10. The afternoon session focused on the Spanish Economy led by speakers from the Spanish Central Bank, the Treasury and the Banking Association. The dinner discussion on Spanish and EU politics was led by the Spanish Foreign Minister and the director of the Royal Institute in Madrid. The next meeting will take place in Paris on September 18.

Contact EuroComment if you would like to see the programme and think that this opportunity for discussion with senior policy makers in the main EU capitals could be useful to your company.

EuroComment’s stock in trade is, and will remain, independent, well-informed analysis of EU politics at the highest level. Against the background of the euro crisis, in which the mutual ignorance of EU policymakers and decision-makers in the markets has been so apparent so frequently, we believe that EuroComment’s expertise is relevant and useful to the corporate sector and more particularly the investment community, as well as EU policy makers. We have therefore started a new programme based on dialogue as well as analysis.

Dialogue

The centrepiece of this new programme is a series of four or five dialogue meetings a year. Each meeting involves a working session of approximately 3 hours plus a working dinner of 2-3 hours. The number of participants will never exceed 25, of whom up to 12 will come from banks, pension funds, mutual funds and other investment groups, and 5-8 from the EU institutions and member state governments. There will also be up to 7 independent experts, including the chairman, Peter Ludlow.

Every meeting will be an off the record gathering of peers, all of whom can be expected to have something to contribute and from whom everybody else should be able to learn. What we want to initiate in other words is a mutual learning process based on an uninhibited exchange of views.

Analysis

Subscribers to the programme receive all EuroComment’s publications.

Applications to Join

We are pleased to say that the response to this initiative has been very positive. Eleven major companies in the financial services sector have already enrolled and we should therefore reach our self-imposed ceiling of twelve in the first group shortly. Companies interested in taking up the last available place are welcome to contact us. Given the early success of the programme we are however planning to establish further groups.