EuroComment Dialogue Group

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There have been three meetings of the Dialogue Group so far this year. In January we met in Lisbon, on 11 April we met in Madrid and on May 29 we met in Berlin. In each capital we had discussions with government officials, central bank representatives, academic economists and political analysts in order to understand the present state of the economic and political regime and the challenges ahead. We were also able to express our concerns and give the various ministry officials and bankers an understanding of the investment community’s viewpoint. Later in the year there will be meetings in Brussels, Paris and possibly Rome.

Contact EuroComment if you would like to see the programme and think that the opportunity for discussion with senior policy makers in the main EU capitals that the dialogue group provides 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 a 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

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Applications to Join

We are pleased to say that the response to this initiative has been very positive. There has been some churn as enthusiastic participants in the group have left their companies. There are therefore at present two vacancies. Companies interested in taking up the last available place are welcome to contact us.