The 1997 European Series begins in Milan on 1st June 1997, organised as in previous years in association with the Financial Times and under the joint patronage of European Commission Vice-President Sir Leon Brittan and Commisisoner Mario Monti. It is sponsored by the European Commission, Shell, Northern Foods, Royal Insurance, Assolombarda, Martini & Rossi, Il Sole 24 Ore, the Regione di Lombardia, and Virgin Express.
The European Series is the British Council's major European event of the year, bringing together 120 invited young leaders from around the world to discuss Europe and its future with those who make European policy and form European opinion. Participants come in 1997 from North America, the EU and associate states, Russia, East Asia and South Asia. Their programme begins in Milan, moving on to Brussels and London. They are politicians, journalists, businessmen, lawyers, civil servants and academics, and they are aged between 30 and 45. The conference is organised around four thematic agendas, each with its own chairman:
The 100 plus speakers in 1997 will include Vice-President Sir Leon Brittan, Commissioners Monti and van Miert, Secretary-General of the European Commission David Williamson, Lt-Gen Sir Michael Jackson, the Rt Hon Douglas Hurd, the Rt Hon Lord Tebbit, Minister Vladimir Dlouhy of the Czech Republic, Dr Riccardo Perissich, Martin Bell MP and ministers of the new Labour government.
All who go through the European Series are kept in subsequent contact through
an organised network, publishing a regular directory and mailing all members -
who use the network intensively for personal contacts.
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