Open Europe Alert – Reforming the EU is the best way to save it

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Do you back staying in a reformed EU?

By a wide margin, UK voters back staying in the EU if substantial reform is achieved.Source: ComRes for Open Europe.

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  • Björn Fröling, Vice Chairman, E. Öhman J

    Björn Fröling

    Vice Chairman, E. Öhman J Björn is the Vice Chairman of E. Öhman J, having previously worked in investment banking as a Managing Director and Partner at Lazard AB and Brummers and Partners. Björn previously served as the Global Head of Corporate Finance at Alfred Berg.
  • Charlotte Black, Director of Corporate Affairs, Brewin Dolphin Securities Ltd

    Charlotte Black

    Director of Corporate Affairs, Brewin Dolphin Securities Ltd Charlotte is the Director of Corporate Affairs for Brewin Dolphin, the largest independent private client portfolio manager in the UK. She is also a Director of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) and the WMA (formerly APCIMS the industry trade association). Charlotte is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (MCSI), and of several Advisory Committees in the City, including the Scottish Financial Enterprise Advisory Board and the Euroclear Cross Border Market Advisory Committee (XMAC). Charlotte Black was a Westminster Parliamentary Candidate in 1997.
  • Haruko Fukuda, Non-Executive Director,  Investec

    Haruko Fukuda

    Non-Executive Director, Investec Haruko is a non-executive Director of Investec and a former Chairman of Calibre Global Investments Ltd. Haruko is also former director of Foreign and Colonial Investment Trust plc and former Chief Executive of the World Gold Council.
  • Joanna Shields, Chair, Tech City UK; Non-Executive Director, London Stock Exchange

    Joanna Shields

    Chair, Tech City UK; Non-Executive Director, London Stock Exchange Baroness Shields is the Chair of Tech City UK and a non-executive Director of the London Stock Exchange. She has been involved with building-up some of the world’s most prominent technology companies such as Google, Facebook, Bebo and AOL. She topped Wired top 100 list of the UK's digital power in 2011, came sixth in the the MediaGuardian 100 in 2012, and was named as one of the most influential women in Britain by Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.
  • John Barton, Non-Executive Chairman, EasyJet Plc

    John Barton

    Non-Executive Chairman, EasyJet Plc John Barton is the Chairman of EasyJet. He is also currently Chairman of Next plc and Catlin Group Limited. John has previously served as a non-executive Director of WHSmith plc and Wellington Underwriting plc. Following JIB’s merger with Lloyd Thomson, John became Chairman of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc until 2001.
  • Lord Wolfson of Aspley Guise, CEO, Next Plc

    Lord Wolfson of Aspley Guise

    CEO, Next Plc Lord Wolfson is the CEO of high street clothing giant Next Plc - a FTSE 100 company. Lord Wolfson was inducted into the House of Lords in 2010, and is known for his investment in political and philanthropic projects. Most recently he has invested his time and assets into creating affordable housing for the UK’s swelling population.
  • Mats Arnhog, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Active Biotech

    Mats Arnhog

    Chairman of the Board of Directors, Active Biotech Mats chairs the Board of Directors of Active Biotech AB and also the Boards of Directors of MGA Holding AB and Rederi AB Sea-Link. A Swedish business leader, Mats is also a Board Member of Ideella Foreningen PrimaGruppen, and serves as Member of Advisory Board of the Stockholm School of Economics.
  • Michael Moritz, Managing Partner, CatCap

    Michael Moritz

    Managing Partner, CatCap Michael is the Managing Partner of CatCap GmbH, having previously worked as a corporate finance consultant at Doertenbach and Co. GmbH in Frankfurt, handling strategic mergers and acquisitions, primarily for medium-sized enterprises and their owners. Michael previously served as member of the medium-sized enterprise advisory board of the German Federal Ministry of Economics, and on the board of trustees of the German Property Foundation (Stiftung Eigentum). He also heads the regulatory Family Entrepreneurs Commission (Kommission der Familienunternehmer) and is a member of the Federal Association of Family Entrepreneurs (Bundessenat der Familienunternehmer).
  • Peter Hargreaves, Founder and Executive Director, Hargreaves Lansdown

    Peter Hargreaves

    Founder and Executive Director, Hargreaves Lansdown Peter Kendal Hargreaves CBE (born 5 October 1946) is of Hargreaves Lansdown, the Bristol based stockbrokers with over 500,000 clients nationwide. Mr Hargreaves serves on the board of ITM Power Plc as a Non-Executive Director
  • Sir Rocco Forte, Chairman and Chief Executive, Rocco Forte Hotels

    Sir Rocco Forte

    Chairman and Chief Executive, Rocco Forte Hotels Sir Rocco is Chairman and Chief Executive of Rocco Forte Hotels, the international luxury hotel chain. Rocco Forte Hotels has a turnover of £90 million and is on the FastTrack 100 list of fastest growing companies.
  • Tim Martin, Founder and Chairman, J D Wetherspoons Plc

    Tim Martin

    Founder and Chairman, J D Wetherspoons Plc Tim Martin is Chairman and founder of J D Wetherspoons plc. The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a part of the FTSE 250 Index. It has a turnover of over £785 million and operates 900 pubs, employing over 26,000 people across Britain.

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David Lidington, British Europe Minister

31%

Anti-establishment block in the European Parliament

Open Europe correctly estimated that the share of seats held by the anti-establishment block in the European Parliament would rise up from 25% in 2009 to 31% in 2014, following the European Parliament elections.Source: Open Europe
€295 bn

Value of full services liberalisation to EU GDP

If Open Europe proposals for full liberalisation of the EU services market were adopted, EU GDP could be boosted by €295 bn. Partial services liberation has already boosted the EU economy by €101 bn - but it is clear that this an area where the EU should concentrate its efforts to introduce much-needed growth into the EU's economy.Source: Open Europe

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  • Christopher Howarth, Senior Political Analyst

    Christopher Howarth

    Senior Political Analyst Christopher joined Open Europe in 2011, taking a leading role in the think tank's policy analysis. He has previously worked for a city law firm and accountancy firms where he specialised in international tax. Immediately prior to joining Open Europe, Christopher worked for a shadow Conservative Europe minister and in the party's research department as their Foreign Affairs adviser. Christopher is a graduate of St Andrew's University in Scotland, the Ecole de Management in Bordeaux, France and of the College of Law, York, where he obtained a post-graduate diploma in law. He speaks intermediate French. See Articles
  • Mats Persson, Director

    Mats Persson

    Director Mats Persson is the Director of Open Europe. He is also an Advisory Board Member and Co-founder of Open Europe Berlin gGmbH.

    Based on his EU expertise, Mats has advised the UK government and other bodies on numerous European issues, and is the architect of a number of policy-changing proposals. Mats has been recognised as one of ‘99 Influential International Leaders under 33’ by The Diplomatic Courier and by Young Professionals in Foreign Policy.

    A frequent contributor to international broadcast and print media, Mats has written extensively on EU issues, including the Eurozone crisis; financial regulation; trade; institutional reform; German politics; Britain in Europe and the EU Budget. Mats is also the author of a blog for the UK’s largest broadsheet paper, The Daily Telegraph.

    A native of Sweden, Mats holds a master’s degree from the London School of Economics, and an undergraduate degree from Liberty University in Virginia, where he won an athletic scholarship for basketball. Before joining Open Europe, Mats worked for a political consulting firm in Washington DC.
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  • Nina Schick, Communications Director

    Nina Schick

    Communications Director As Open Europe’s Communications Director, Nina specialises in both EU policy and political communications, leading the radical overhaul of Open Europe’s digital communications strategy. Her policy-areas of interest include Anglo-German relations; Germany’s place in the EU; EU-Russia relations and the digital economy.

    Nina is a regular current affairs commentator, with a slot on Monocle 24’s flagship radio programme, ‘Midori House’, and a column for EUobserver. She often appears on international broadcast analysing breaking EU developments.

    Nina holds degrees in history and politics from University College London and the University of Cambridge, graduating from both institutions with distinctions. Prior to joining Open Europe, Nina worked in journalism and political research at organisations including BBC Parliament; Spiegel Online; the Sunday Times and UK Parliament.

    Half German and half-Nepali, Nina speaks fluent German, Spanish, Nepali and Tamang; she also speaks French and Hindi.
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  • Pawel Swidlicki, Policy Analyst

    Pawel Swidlicki

    Policy Analyst Pawel joined Open Europe in 2011, since establishing himself as an expert and media commentator on a range of issues from the EU budget and EU regional policy, to the role of national parliaments in EU decision making. Pawel also follows how domestic politics in the UK, Poland and Germany impact on these countries' EU policies.

    Pawel has worked on Open Europe Intelligence which has informed and shaped policy at both the UK and EU level. These include refocusing the EU budget, identifying an common Anglo-German agenda for EU reform, and changing the rules around EU migrants’ access to benefits to preserve the principle of EU free movement.

    Prior to joining Open Europe, Pawel worked in the City for two years and also in Westminster, where he interned for a Lib Dem MP. Pawel holds a BA in History from the University of Leicester - during which he spent a year at the University of Regensburg in Germany - and an MA in International Relations from the University of Nottingham.
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  • Pieter Cleppe, Head of Brussels Office

    Pieter Cleppe

    Head of Brussels Office Pieter is the Head of the Brussels office of Open Europe. A trained lawyer, Pieter previously practiced law in Belgium, and has worked as a cabinet advisor and speechwriter to the Belgian State Secretary for Administrative Reform. Pieter also previously worked as an analyst at the Belgium’s Itinera Institute, which he helped to found. He received his legal training at the Catholic University of Leuven, and also studied law and economics at the universities of Hamburg, Bologna and Vienna. Pieter is fluent in Dutch, Flemish and French. He also speaks German and intermediate Italian. See Articles
  • Raoul Ruparel, Head of Economic Research

    Raoul Ruparel

    Head of Economic Research Raoul Ruparel is Head of Economic Research at Open Europe. He is also a contributing author for Forbes, where he write on EU issues; the Eurozone crisis; central banking and macroeconomics.

    Over the past years Raoul has been at the forefront of analysing crucial issues around Europe. He has led Open Europe’s research into the Eurozone crisis, helping to advise governments and corporations on how to deal with the crisis as well as the potential institutional and regulatory response. Raoul has been heavily involved in the economic and financial analysis of the evolving crisis in Ukraine, and the ensuing sanctions placed on Russia. He has also worked extensively on issues relating to EU trade and economic prosperity, as well as the economic impacts of hot political topics such as migration.

    On top of his regular articles for Forbes, Raoul is a frequent contributor to the broadcast and print media including, CNBC, Bloomberg, BBC and Sky as well as the FT, WSJ and the Times. Raoul holds two masters degrees in economics and public policy from the University of Chicago and a BA in economics and politics from the University of Manchester. Prior to joining OE, Raoul gained work experience at financial firm Habibbank AG Zurich.
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  • Stephen Booth, Research Director

    Stephen Booth

    Research Director Stephen joined Open Europe in 2008 and has been Research Director since 2011. While at Open Europe he has written on EU regulation, justice and home affairs and EU aid policy. Stephen holds an undergraduate degree in political science and was awarded the Jean Monnet Prize for his master's degree in European studies from the University of Sussex. Stephen's professional interests include democracy and transparency in the EU, the interaction between domestic and EU law and European cooperation in crime and policing. He is half Dutch.
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  • Timm Luebben, Head of Digital Affairs

    Timm Luebben

    Head of Digital Affairs Prior to joining Open Europe in 2012, Timm worked at the European Union Delegation to the United Nations in New York and at the World Affairs Council which is one of the largest and most active foreign policy forums in the US. He holds an MA in international relations from the University of Groningen, and a BA in European Studies from the University of Maastricht, during which he also studied at the University of Oslo. At Open Europe, Timm takes a leading role in digital communications, while also focusing on German politics and economics. He is fluent in German, French, Dutch, and English. See Articles
  • Vincenzo Scarpetta, Political Analyst

    Vincenzo Scarpetta

    Political Analyst Vincenzo specialises in the politics and economics of Southern Europe and is a regular commentator in print and broadcast media across Europe. Vincenzo has co-authored policy-changing Open Europe Intelligence on EU free movement, employment law, financial regulation and the European Neighbourhood Policy. He is also an expert on the EU institutions, the Eurozone crisis, and the cost of EU regulation.

    Prior to joining Open Europe in 2009, Vincenzo worked at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. An Italian native, he is fluent in French and Spanish, and speaks good German. Vincenzo holds a Master's degree (Hons) in international relations and world politics from the University of Naples "L'Orientale" and a Master's in international affairs from the University of Bologna "Alma Mater Studiorum." He has also worked as a musician, and has a diploma in classical piano from the Conservatory of Music of Avellino - his home town in Italy.
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