Rt Hon Neil Kinnock to speak at conference tomorrow

July 1 2004

Rt Hon Neil Kinnock to speak at conference tomorrow

THE RT HON NEIL KINNOCK, Vice-President of the European Commission, will be guest of honour at Aston University on Friday 2 July when he speaks at a major conference about the reform of EU Management.

Organised by the university’s School of Languages & Social Sciences and Glasgow Caledonian universities, The Reform of EU Management: Taking Stock and Looking Forward, will enable academics and students from across the UK to discuss management reform in the European Institutions, which was initiated under the Commission presidency of M. Jacques Santer. The publication of the White Paper Reforming the Commission March 2000, contained a set of proposals championed by Vice President of the Commission, Neil Kinnock.�

Prof Anne Stevens from Aston University said: 'As the presidency of Romano Prodi draws to its close, this conference seeks to assess the achievements of the programme, the scope and extent of change, and the prospects for the future. Commissioner Kinnock has been the main architect of the very extensive reform programme which is seeking actively to address some of the causes of the problems which have in the past given rise to Eurosceptic reactions.� In the light of the recent election results across Europe it is clearly crucial that the European Union be, and be seen to be, effective, efficient and transparent. With the nomination of the new Commissioner this issue is likely to be high on the agenda of the chosen candidate.'

'With its outstanding reputation in both the study of the European Union, and in public policy and administration, Aston University is a natural venue for the first UK conference to focus upon the recent and ongoing reforms.� Since Aston has always placed a strong emphasis on the link between our research interests and their practical application we are pleased that the conference will be drawing in local and central officials as well as academics. We are honoured and delighted that Commissioner Kinnock has agreed to come and give the keynote address, which will enable the conference to hear at first hand his view of what he has achieved, and what remains to be done.

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For further press information please contact Sally Hoban on 0121 358 3611 ext 4773.

Please note that because of the conference timings Commissioner Kinnock will not be giving press interviews but will be available for press photographs over lunch which starts at 12.30pm. You MUST contact us in advance if you wish to send a photographer due to security arrangements.

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