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Chairman's report to the 2009 Annual General Meeting

 

I am very pleased to report that the AEJ UK Section has maintained a very healthy level of membership in the past year, and our regular lunchtime meetings were well attended, with a wide range of speakers and themes. European politics and social issues have remained very newsworthy and the AEJ has been able to provide good opportunities for members to engage with leading players and speakers with various perspectives. Among our guestS during the past year were the UK Europe Minister and senior diplomats representing the Czech and Swedish EU Presidencies and one of the top policy-makers in the Bank of England.

The European Parliament elections seminar which we co-hosted with the EP London Office in April was again the main occasion for the UK media to be briefed on the European Parliament's elections, with strong speakers on voters' concerns, the prospects for the party groupings and in-depth analysis of various policy issues of special interest. David Lennon continued to make a valuable contribution as our Events Director.

The Section's finances are also in good shape, as our Treasurer Mike Springate's accounts show.

It is with much regret that we have told members Celia Hampton is giving up the role of Secretary to concentrate on other activities.

 

 

She has given a huge amount of commitment and professionalism to the task of managing the Section's affairs. She has done a great deal to develop the Section as a friendly, sociable and rewarding professional association, both in her years as Secretary and before that at various times as Chairman and Treasurer. We owe her a big debt of gratitude. And our thanks also for agreeing to continue her excellent work as webmaster.

Internationally, some Section members enjoyed a stimulating AEJ Congress and Assembly at Maastricht in November. The AEJ's Media Freedom project has grown more serious and has borne fruit in various ways, as reflected in reports on the website. Please also take a look sometimes at the international site www.aej.org to see the kind of things our colleagues in the more than 20 other sections are doing.

I wish everyone a very rewarding and successful year in 2010.

 

William Horsley

Chairman, UK Section of the AEJ

9 March 2010

 

 

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting

Secretary's report for the AGM

Secretary's report on the UK Section's activities for the AEJ Congress

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