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The European Policy Centre (EPC) is a pro-business European think tank, founded in 1996/7. It was formerly known as the Belmont European Policy Centre created in 1991. It is committed to making European integration work and enjoys an influential position within European politics and business circles. Its members include companies, professional and business federations, trade unions, diplomatic missions, regional and local bodies, as well as NGOs representing a broad range of civil society interests, foundations, international and religious organisations.[1] The EPC defines its mission as "contributing to the construction of Europe", and to achieve this it "encourages a debate among all significant interest groups and channels the results to policy-makers". It makes no secret of placing "special emphasis on strengthening the interface of government with business". [2] The EPC is one of the most prominent EU think tanks it relies on both corporate funding and public money. EPC spokespeople often appear in the media as neutral commentators. [3]

The European Policy Centre is based in Résidence Palace 155 rue de la Loi Brussels, a formerly a luxury apartment block that now contains offices for the Council of the European Union, the European Council and some Belgian government offices. Others who use the building include media organisations, think tanks including Lisbon Council and the journo-lobbying website TechCentralStation (that Corporate Europe Observatory describes as "an aggressive US journo-lobbying website funded by companies like Microsoft, Exxon and McDonalds. The website www.Tech CentralStation.be is full of the kind of furious attacks on environmental and social legislation that are more commonly associated with radio talkshows from the US mid-west". [4] The EPC makes no secret of its pro business stance "We are action oriented and we believe that business must be more involved in public policies."[5]

History

The Centre, as the EPC calls itself, was established in January 1997 by a trio of prominent public affairs people, Stanley Crossick, godfather of Brussels lobbying; Max Kohnstamm, former vice president of the Jean Monnet Action Committee; and John Palmer, former European editor of The Guardian. In 1991 Crossick, Kohnstamm and Palmer had founded the Belmont European Policy Centre, which was the predecessor of the EPC.

The EPC's bias towards industry is well reflected in the composition of its advisory board, which together with the advisors' team helps the three founders run the Centre, and also in its membership. The Centre claims to include trade unions, but in fact the only representative is Emilio Gabaglio, secretary-general of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), well-known for its constructive approach towards neo-liberal European Union policies.

There are no other representatives of 'civil society' involved. However, the board does include six European parliamentarians, five former directors-general and a vice president of the European Commission, journalists from newspapers such as Le Monde and the Financial Times, corporate directors from Philips and Mars, and influential industrialists such as Peter Sutherland (former European commissioner and GATT director and current chairman of British Petroleum and Goldman Sachs International); the former and current ERT secretary generals Keith Richardson and Wim Philippa; UNICE secretary general Dirk Hudig, and Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa from the executive board of the European Central Bank. The EPC enjoys significant financial support from its corporate members such as ABB, BAT, BP, British Telecom and Solvay -- all members of the European Roundtable of Industrialists (ERT) -- and other large corporations such as Dow, DuPont, Philip Morris and SmithKline Beecham. In exchange, these corporate donors are provided services such as regular contact with decision makers.[6]

Lobbying Transparency

The EPC were the first major Think Tank to sign up to the EU's voluntary transparency register. Although they claim that the only interest they represent is the interest of the EU as a whole. [7]

EPC & Science

The European Policy Centre analysed the role of science in the decision-making of the European Union and made a number of recommendations on how to the improve the use of science by EU institutions. [8] [9]

EPC: Roundtable on Alcohol Related Harm

Alcohol badge.jpg This article is part of the Spinwatch public health oriented Alcohol Portal project.

In 2001 the European Commission had begun the process of developing an alcohol strategy for Europe, which initially involved gathering information on the extent of alcohol related harm and possible policy solutions. By 2006 the initial European Alcohol Strategy were being slowly introduced. The alcohol industry were against a Europe wide strategy, but were keen for any action to be based on self regulation of the industry.

In 2005 and 2006, just before the introduction of the strategy, DG Sanco asked the European Policy Centre (EPC) to host four meetings between the alcohol industry and health NGOs. These Round Table on “Alcohol related harm: ways forward” aimed to reach consensus on policy interventions and to ‘identify areas of agreement between the stakeholders as to actions that can contribute effectively to the reduction of alcohol-related harm and indicate where and why there is disagreement, and in so doing help create confidence between stakeholders’.[10] According to the Institute of Alcohol Studies these meetings were "At the behest of the [alcohol] Industry, DG SANCO officials organised roundtable discussion through the aegis of the European Policy Centre, between representatives of the Commission, Member States, Industry and NGOs to discuss the draft proposals for a European Alcohol Policy Strategy". [11]

The meetings involved working through 78 issues or policy proposals related to alcohol harm reduction that were presented by the European Commission in an informal draft of their communication on Alcohol. Participants graded each item using a traffic lights system, green issues were broadly agreeable to all present, amber a possibility and red a clear no. 68 of the measures were marked green, Seven were amber, indicating no overall agreement but that some compromises might be reached. Three were categorised as red issues where the industry simply refused to negotiate. [12]

Dr Peter Anderson, author of the Alcohol In Europe report (2006) commented “The European Policy Centre (EPC) describes itself as ‘an independent, not-for-profit think tank, committed to making European integration work’. Its independence is, of course, ensured by the fact that its prime corporate members and sponsors include InBev, the world’s largest brewer and Philip Morris International”. [13] The final outcome of this process, and other consultations resulted in the launch of the European Alcohol and Health Forum.

In 1998 Diageo and The Weinberg Group helped set up a European Policy Centre Forum. Correspondence shows a representative of Diageo trying to organise a discount for a booking made by Weinberg Group for a forum run by the EPC. [14]. Weinberg Group are well known for their work assisting tobacco, alcohol and chemical industr

Tobacco Industry Work

According to ASH:

"The European Policy Centre (EPC) is a well respected Brussels based think tank that BAT has used as the key consultancy group, sometimes alongside the Weinberg Group to help with lobbying to ensure policy makers are legally obliged to include tobacco companies’ opinions in European policymaking development and decision making processes. The EPC had the particular advantage that it had developed a broad profile and received funding from the European Commission allowing it to acquire insider status in policy making circles" [15]

The EPC were part of a policy network used by British American Tobacco (BAT) to make changes to EU treaties in order to minimise legislative burdens on business. From 1995 BAT organised other corporate actors, including the EPC, Shell, Zeneca, Tesco, SmithKline Beecham, Bayer and Unilever, to mount a multi-year lobby campaign aiming at shaping the EU's impact assessment, to ensure regulations would undermine public health rather than reduce the profitably of business. This rendered EU policy even more pro-business. BAT's use of a policy network distanced the tobacco industry form the lobbying efforts and obscuring the tobacco industry's involvement. The research also found evidence of tobacco and chemical industries using the changes to delay or weaken legislation to improve public health. [16] The European Policy Centre and the Weinberg Group were central to British American Tobacco's approach. [17]

BAT were also helped by a UK consultancy, Charles Barker,

to work out the advantages of pushing such an approach at the UK and EU levels, the study says. According to the scientists, the firm warned BAT that they would need to tread carefully, lobbying through a 'front' organisation and enlisting other 'big industry names'[18]

Ultimately it was the EPC that provided the front.

David Byrne, Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection 1999-2004 was reportedly shocked: ‘I would be absolutely astonished and would find it very difficult to believe if there was any available information which tended to indicate that the European Policy Centre was advocating on behalf of the tobacco industry – that would be shocking’. [19]

Funding

The EPC is financed by membership and subscription fees, grants from philanthropic organisations and from EU funds. In 2010 donations amounting to € 800,000 were received from three philanthropic foundations, the Compagnia di San Paolo (based in Turin) the King Baudouin Foundation, based in Brussels and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Portugal. The EPC also received an operating grant of €145,556 from the EU budget under the ‘Europe for Citizens’ programme.[20]

Affiliations

People

Governing Board

Circa 2011

Advisory Council

  • EPC Advisory Board 2011

Peter Sutherland (President); Chairman, Goldman Sachs International; Chairman of BP plc | Lord Kerr of Kinlochard, John Kerr (Vice-President) Former UK Ambassador to the EU | Erika Mann (Vice-President) Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council; former Member of European Parliament | David Arkless Senior Vice-President Corporate Affairs, Manpower Inc | Leszek Balcerowicz Former Chairman of the National Bank of Poland | Jaimini Bhagwati Ambassador, Embassy of India to the Kingdom of Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg & The Mission of India to the European Union | Hans Blix Chairman, Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission | Olivier Boutellis-Taft Chief Executive, Federation of European Accountants | Vladimir Chizhov Ambassador, Permanent Representation of the Russian Federation to the European Communities | Philippe de Buck Director General, BUSINESSEUROPE | Andrew Duff Member of the European Parliament | Pal Dunay Director, Teleki Laslo Institute, Budapest | Jan Eliasson Former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden and President of the United Nations General Assembly | José Gregório Faria Special Adviser, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian | Piero Gastaldo Secretary General, Compagnia di San Paolo | Hanns Glatz Partner, CNC - Communications & Network Consulting AG | Sylvie Goulard Associated Research Fellow at CERI (Paris); Teacher at Sciences Po (Paris) and College of Europe (Brussels) Member of European Parliament President of European Movement in France | Rolf Gustavsson Correspondent, Svenska Dagbladet | Ross Hornby Ambassador, Canadian Mission to the European Union | Danuta Maria Hübner Member of the European Parliament; former European Commissioner for Regional Policy | Hywel Ceri Jones Former Chairman of the European Policy Centre, Director of the Network of European Foundations (NEF) | Jan Karlsson Former Minister for Migration and Development Cooperation; former Co-Chair of the Global Commission for International Migration | Craig Kennedy President, German Marshall Fund of the United States | Gerald Knaus President of the Executive Board, European Stability Institute | Joost Lagendijk Senior Adviser, Istanbul Policy Center | Allan Larsson Former European Commission Director-General for DG Employment | Erkki Liikanen Chairman of the Board, Finland's Bank; former European Commissioner for Enterprise and Information Society | Donald MacInnes Chief Executive, Scotland Europa | Alan Mayhew Jean Monnet Professor and Professorial Fellow, Sussex European Institute, University of Sussex | Rory Montgomery Ambassador, Permanent Representation of Ireland to the European Union | John Monks Secretary-General of European Trade Union Confederation | Rainer Mûnz Head of Research & Development, Erste Bank | Jan Niessen Director, Migration Policy Group | Dáithí O'Ceallaigh Director General, Institute of European Affairs, Dublin | Dick Oosting Chief Executive Officer, European Council of Foreign Relations | John Palmer Former Political Director, European Policy Centre | Wim Philippa Secretary-General, European Round Table of Industrialists | Poul Nyrup Rasmussen Former President of the Party of European Socialists, European Parliament | Scott C Ratzan Vice President, Global Health, Johnson & Johnson | Maria João Rodrigues Professor of Economics at the University of Lisbon, Member of the European Employment Task Force | Eberhard Sandschneider Otto-Wolff-Director, Research Institute, German Council on Foreign Relations | André Sapir Professor of Economics, ECARES, Université Libre de Bruxelles | Witold Sartorius Co-ordinator of Programmes, Foundation for Economic Education, Warsaw | Jacek Saryusz-Wolski Chairman of European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs | Wolfgang Schüssel Former Federal Chancellor of Austria | Peter Semneby Former EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus | Jamie Shea Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, NATO | Larry Stone President Group Public and Government Affairs, BT | Ingmar Streese Head of Public Affairs Europe, Mars, Public Affairs Europe | Rita Süssmuth President, German Bundestag | Pavel Swieboda President, demosEUROPACentre for European Strategy | Luc Tayart de Borms Managing Director, King Baudouin Foundation | François Trémeaud Former Executive Director, International Labour Organization | Loukas Tsoukalis President, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy | John Vassallo Director of External Affairs, Microsoft EMEA | Antonio Vitorino Former European Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs | Helen Wallace Director, European University Institute, Florence, School of Economics and Political Science London School of Economics | Graham Watson Member of the European Parliament | Monika Wulf-Mathies Managing Director Policy and Environment, Deutsche Post World Net; Adviser to Germany's Chancellor; former European Commissioner for Regional Policy.

  • EPC Advisory Board June-September 2010

Peter Sutherland (President) Chairman, Goldman Sachs International | Max Kohnstamm (Honorary President) Former Vice-President of the Jean Monnet Action Committee; former President of the European University Institute, Florence | Lord John Kerr of Kinlochard (Vice-President) Former UK Ambassador to the EU | David Arkless Senior Vice-President Corporate Affairs, Manpower Inc | Stephen Badger Vice-President, Mars Incorporated | Leszek Balcerowicz Former Chairman of the National Bank of Poland | Jaimini Bhagwati Ambassador, Embassy of India to the Kingdom of Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg & The Mission of India to the European Union | Hans Blix Chairman, Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission | Vladimir Chizhov Ambassador, Permanent Representation of the Russian Federation to the European Communities | Stanley Crossick Founding Chairman, European Policy Centre | Philippe de Buck Director General, BUSINESSEUROPE | Gijs de Vries Former EU Counter-terrorism Coordinator | Alan Dukes Former Director General, Institute of European Affairs, Dublin | Pal Dunay Director, Teleki Laslo Institute, Budapest | Piero Gastaldo Secretary General, Compagnia di San Paolo | Paul Gillespie Foreign Editor, The Irish Times | Hanns Glatz Partner, CNC – Communications & Network Consulting AG | Sylvie Goulard Member of the European Parliament, President of European Movement in France | Borut Grgic Director, Institute for Strategic Studies, Slovenia | Rolf Gustavsson Correspondent, Svenska Dagbladet | Ross Hornby Ambassador, Canadian Mission to the European Union| Hywel Ceri Jones Former Chairman of the European Policy Centre, Director of the Network of European Foundations (NEF) | Jan Karlsson Former Minister for Migration and Development Cooperation; former Co-Chair of the Global Commission for International Migration | Craig Kennedy President, German Marshall Fund of the United States | Gerald Knaus President of the Executive Board, European Stability Institute | Joost Lagendijk Senior Adviser, Istanbul Policy Center | Allan Larsson Former European Commission Director-General for DG Employment | Erkki Liikanen Chairman of the Board, Bank of Finland | Donald MacInnes Chief Executive, Scotland Europa | Erika Mann Senior Fellow,Atlantic Council; former Member of European Parliament | John Monks General Secretary, European Trade Union Confederation | Rainer Mûnz Head of Research & Development, Erste Bank | Jan Niessen Director, Migration Policy Group |Nobutake Odano Ambassador, Japanese Mission to the EU | Dick Oostings European Council of Foreign Relations | Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa Italian Minister of Economy and Finance | John Palmer Former Political Director, European Policy Centre | Wim Philippa Secretary-General, European Round Table of Industrialists | Poul Nyrup Rasmussen former President of the Party of European Socialists, European Parliament | Scott C Ratzan Vice President, Global Health, Johnson and Johnson | Conny Reuter President, Platform of European Social NGOs | Gaêtane Ricard-Nihoul Secretary-General, Notre Europe | Eberhard Sandschneider Otto-WolffDirector, Research Institute, German Council on Foreign Relations | André Sapir Professor of Economics, ECARES, Université Libre de [[Bruxelles | Witold Sartorius President, ]Foundation for Economic Education]] (Poland) | Jacek Saryusz-Wolski Chairman of European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs | Jamie Shea Director of Policy Planning, Private Office of the Secretary General, NATO | Larry Stone President Group Public and Government Affairs, BT | Pavel Swieboda President, demosEUROPA - Centre for European Strategy | Luc Tayart de Borms Managing Director, King Baudouin Foundation | François Trémeaud Former Executive Director, International Labour Organization | Loukas Tsoukalis President, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy | John Vassallo Director of External Affairs, Microsoft EMEA | Helen Wallace Centennial Professor, European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science | Graham Watson Member of the European Parliament | Monika Wulf-Mathies Policy Adviser to the Board of Management, Deutsche Post DHL; Adviser to Germany's Chancellor; former European Commissioner for Regional Policy | John Wyles former Senior Partner, GPlus Europe | Ex-officio Maria João Rodrigues Professor of Economics at the University of Lisbon, Member of the European Employment Task Force | Antonio Vitorino Former European Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs.

  • EPC Advisory Council December 2008

Peter Sutherland (President) Chairman, Goldman Sachs International; Chairman of BP plc | Max Kohnstamm (Honorary President) Former Vice-President of the Jean Monnet Action Committee; former President of the European University Institute, Florence | Lord John Kerr of Kinlochard (Vice-President) Former UK Ambassador to the EU | David Arkless Senior Vice-President Corporate Affairs, Manpower Inc | Stephen Badger Vice-President, Mars Incorporated | Leszek Balcerowicz Former Chairman of the National Bank of Poland Karel Van Miert (Vice-President) Former European Commissioner for Competition Policy | Hans Blix Chairman Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission | Jocelyne Cesari Professor of Islamic Studies, Harvard University | Dipak Chatterjee Ambassador of India to Belgium and Luxembourg and to the European Union | Vladimir Chizhov Ambassador of the Permanent Representation of the Russian Federation to the European Communities | Stanley Crossick Founding Chairman of the European Policy Centre | [[Philippe de Buck Secretary General, BUSINESSEUROPE | Philippe de Schoutheete de Tervarent Former Permanent Representative of Belgium to the EU | Gijs de Vries Former EU Counter-terrorism Coordinator | Stéphane Ducable Director of External Affairs, Microsoft EMEA | Alan Dukes Director General Institute European Affairs Dublin | Pal Dunay Director, Teleki Laslo Institute, Budapest | Gareth Evans President, International Crisis Group | Piero Gastaldo Secretary General, Compagnia di San Paolo | Paul Gillespie Foreign Editor The Irish Times | Xavier Gizard General Secretary Conférence des Régions Périphériques Maritimes d'Europe | Sylvie Goulard President French European Movement | Rolf Gustavsson Correspondent, Svenska Dagbladet | Ross Hornby Ambassador of Canada to the EU | Hywel Ceri Jones Former Chairman of the European Policy Centre and Director of the Network of European Foundations (NEF) | Craig Kennedy President German Marshall Fund of the United States | [[Gerald Knaus President of the Executive Board, European Stability Institute |Ivan Krastev Chair of Board for Liberal Strategies, Sofia | Joost Lagendijk Chair of the EU-Turkey Delegation, European Parliament | Erkki Liikanen Chairman of the Board, Bank of Finland | Donald MacInnes Chief Executive, Scotland Europa | Rory Macmillan Director Government Affairs Nike EMEA | Erika Mann Member of European Parliament, Chair of Management Committee of Transatlantic Policy Network | John Monks General Secretary, European Trade Union Confederation | Nobutake Odano Ambassador of Japanese Mission to the European Union | Dick Oosting Europe Director, International Center for Transitional Justice | [[Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa Italian Minister of Economy and Finance | John Palmer Former Director European Policy Centre | [[Wim Philippa Secretary-General, European Round Table of Industrialists | Poul Nyrup Rasmussen President of the Party of European Socialists, European Parliament | [[Scott C Ratzan Vice President, Government Affairs, Europe, Johnson & Johnson | Conny Reuter President of the European Social NGOs | Gaëtane Ricard-Nihoul Secretary-General, Notre Europe | Eberhard Sandschneider Otto-Wolff-Director, Research Institute, German Council on Foreign Relations | André Sapir Senior Fellow, BRUEGEL | Witold Sartorius Co-ordinator of Programmes, Foundation for Economic Education, Warsaw | [[Jacek Saryusz-Wolski Chairman of EP Committee on Foreign Affairs | Jamie Shea Director, Policy Planning, Private Office of the Secretary General, NATO | Sir David Sieff Non-executive Director Marks and Spencer | Chris Spear Vice President Government Relations Europe, Middle East and Africa, Honeywell | Marc Spelman Head of European Strategy, Accenture UK | Larry Stone President Group Public & Government Affairs BT | Pavel Swieboda President demosEUROPA- Centre for European Strategy | Luc Tayart de Borms Managing Director, King Baudouin Foundation | François Trémeaud Former Executive Director, International Labour Organization | Loukas Tsoukalis President of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy | Helen Wallace Centennial Professor, European Institute, [[London School of Economics and Political Science | Graham Watson Member of the European Parliament, Chairman of Liberals and Democrats for Europe | Monika Wulf-Mathies Managing Director Policy and Environment, Deutsche Post World Net; Adviser to Germany's Chancellor; former European Commissioner for Regional Policy | John Myles Senior Partner GPlus Europe | Ex-officio [[Maria João Rodrigues Professor of Economics at the University of Lisbon, Member of the European Employment Task Force | Antonio Vitorino Former European Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs

  • EPC Advisory Council September 12th 2007

Peter Sutherland (President) Chairman, Goldman Sachs International; Chairman of BP plc | Max Kohnstamm (Honorary President) Former Vice-President of the Jean Monnet Action Committee; former President of the European University Institute, Florence | Karel Van Miert (Vice-President) Former European Commissioner for Competition Policy | David Arkless Senior Vice-President Corporate Affairs, Manpower Inc | Stephen Badger Vice-President, Mars Incorporated | Leszek Balcerowicz Former Chairman of the National Bank of Poland | Hans Blix Chairman, Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission | Jocelyne Cesari Professor of Islamic Studies, Harvard University | Dipak Chatterjee Ambassador of India to Belgium and Luxembourg and to the European Union | Vladimir Chizhov Ambassador of the Permanent Representation of the Russian Federation to the European Communities | Philippe de Buck | Secretary General, BUSINESSEUROPE | Philippe de Schoutheete de Tervarent Former Permanent Representative of Belgium to the EU | Stéphane Ducable Director of External Affairs, Microsoft EMEA | Alan Dukes Director General, Institute of European Affairs Dublin | Pal Dunay Director, Teleki Laslo Institute, Budapest | Gareth Evans President, International Crisis Group | Piero Gastaldo Secretary General, Compagnia di San Paolo | Bronislaw Geremek Member of the European Parliament | Paul Gillespie Foreign Editor, The Irish Times | Xavier Gizard General Secretary, Conférence des Régions Périphériques Maritimes d'Europe | Sylvie Goulard Associated Research Fellow at CERI (Paris); Teacher at Sciences Po (Paris) and College of Europe (Bruges) | Rolf Gustavsson Correspondent, Svenska Dagbladet | [[Ross Hornby Ambassador of Canada to the European Union | Takekazu Kawamura Ambassador of Japanese Mission to the European Union | Craig Kennedy President, German Marshall Fund of the United States | Lord John Kerr of Kinlochard Former UK Ambassador to the EU | Gerald Knaus President of the Executive Board, European Stability Institute | Ivan Krastev Chair of Board for Liberal Strategies, Sofia | Joost Lagendijk Member of Delegation to the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee, European Parliament | Erkki Liikanen Chairman of the Board, Bank of Finland | Tony Long Director, WWF European Policy Office | Donald MacInnes Chief Executive, Scotland Europa | Rory Macmillan Director Government Affairs EMEA Nike | Erika Mann Member of the European Parliament; Chair of Management Committee of Transatlantic Policy Network | John Monks General Secretary, European Trades Union Confederation | Dick Oosting Director, Amnesty International EU Office | Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa Former Member of the Executive Board, European Central Bank | Anne-Sophie Parent President, Platform European NGOs | Robin Pauley President, European Affairs, BT Group | Wim Philippa Secretary-General, European Round Table of Industrialists | Poul Nyrup Rasmussen President of the Party of European Socialists, European Parliament | Gaëtane Ricard-Nihoul Secretary-General, Notre Europe | Eberhard Sandschneider Otto-Wolf Director, Research Institute, German Council on Foreign Relations | André Sapir Senior Fellow, BRUEGEL | Witold Sartorius Co-ordinator of Programmes, Foundation for Economic Education, Warsaw | Jacek Saryusz-Wolski Chairman of EP Committee on Foreign Affairs | Jamie Shea Director Policy Planning Private Office of the Director General NATO | Sir David Sieff Non-executive Director Marks and Spencer | Marc Spelman Head of European Strategy, Accenture UK | Pavel Swieboda President demosEUROPA - Centre for European Strategy | Luc Tayart de Borms Managing Director, King Baudouin Foundation | François Trémeaud Former Executive Director, International Labour Organization | Loukas Tsoukalis President of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy | Miguel Veiga-Pestana Vice President Global External Affairs, Unilever | Helen Wallace Centennial Professor, European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science | Graham Watson Member of the European Parliament; Chairman of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe | Maja Wessels Senior Vice-President Government Relations, Honeywell | Monika Wulf-Mathies Managing Director Policy and Environment, Deutsche Post World Net; Adviser to Germany's Chancellor; former European Commissioner for Regional Policy | John Wyles GPlus Europe | Ex-offcio Maria João Rodrigues Professor of Economics at the University of Lisbon, Member of the European Employment Task Force | Antonio Vitorino Former European Commissioner for Justice and Home Affair

  • Advisory Council 2nd May 2007 12th September 2007

Peter Sutherland (President) Chairman, Goldman Sachs International; Chairman of BP plc | Max Kohnstamm (Honorary President) Former Vice-President of the Jean Monnet Action Committee; former President of the European University Institute, Florence| Karel Van Miert Vice President) Former Commissioner for Competition Policy| Antonio Vitorino (Vice-President) Former European Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs| David Arkless, Senior Vice President Manpower inc | Stephen Badger Vice President Mars Incorporated | Anthony Burgmans Chairman Unilever NV & Vice Chair Unilever plc | HE Dipak Chatterjee Ambassador of India to Belgium and Luxembourg and to the European Union | Philippe de Schoutheete de Tervarent Former Permanent Representative of Belgium to the EU | Stéphane Ducable Director of External Affairs, Microsoft EMEA | Alan Dukes Director General Institute of European Affairs, Dublin | Gareth Evans President International Crisis Group | Piero Gastaldo Secretary General, Compagnia di San Paolo | Xavier Gizard Conférence des Régions Périphériques Maritimes d'Europe | Sylvie Goulard Associated Research Fellow at CERI (Paris); Teacher at Sciences Po (Paris) and College of Europe (Brussels) | Craig Kennedy President, German Marshall Fund of the United States | Erkki Liikanen Chairman of the Board, Finland's Bank; former European Commissioner for Enterprise and Information Society | Tony Long Director, WWF European Policy Office | Donald MacInnes Scotland Europa | Rory Macmillan Director Government Affairs Nike EMEA | Erika Mann Member of the European Parliament; Chair of Management Committee of Transatlantic Policy Network | John Monks Secretary-General of European Trade Union Confederation | Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa Former Member of the Executive Board, European Central Bank | Robin Pauley President, European Affairs, BT Group | Wim Philippa Secretary General European Round Table of Industrialists | Gaëtane Ricard-Nihoul Secretary-General, Notre Europe | Maria João Rodrigues Professor of Economics at the University of Lisbon, Member of the European Employment Task Force |Witold Sartorius Co-ordinator of Programmes, Foundation for Economic Education, Warsaw | Sir David Sieff Non-Executive Director, Marks and Spencer | Luc Tayart de Borms Managing Director, King Baudouin Foundation | Helen Wallace Director, European University Institute, Florence | Maja Wessels Senior Vice-President Government Relations, Honeywell | Monika Wulf-Mathies Managing Director Policy and Environment, Deutsche Post World Net; Adviser to Germany's Chancellor; former European Commissioner for Regional Policy |

Membership Fees

Circa 2011 Platinum membership is the highest offered by the EPC, however it appears that you are unable to pay for platinum level entry. Subscription charges are for one year’s membership. Gold membership is open to large multi-national businesses and costs €10, 000 per annum; silver membership is open to medium sized businesses and costs €5, 000 each year, while bronze membership is open to small businesses and costs €2,500. Professional and Business association membership costs€1 000. Foundations and Religious organisations can subscribe for €500. Diplomatic Representations are open to missions, embassies and permanent representations the subscription cost ranges between €500 and €1 250. For Inter-Governmental and Governmental Organisations Regional Bodies and Local Authorities subscription costs €1 000 NGOs can join for €500 while Platforms of Non-Governmental Organisations costs slightly more at €1 000. [23]

Members listed on The EPC's Website include:

Resources, Publications, Contact, Notes

Resources

Notes

  1. European Policy Centre, About Us: Mission Statement accessed 1st November 2011
  2. European Policy Centre, About Us: Mission Statement accessed 1st November 2011
  3. Corporate Europe Observatory, Lobby Planet: Brussels the EU Quarter July 2005, accessed 1st November 2011
  4. Corporate Europe Observatory, Lobby Planet: Brussels the EU Quarter July 2005, accessed 1st November 2011
  5. Quoted in "Crossing the Business and Political Divide", by Rory Watson, the European Voice 9-15 July 1998.
  6. Corporate Europe Observatory, Lobby Planet: Brussels the EU Quarter July 2005, accessed 1st November 2011
  7. European Policy Centre, EPC signs up to Transparency Register 14 January 2010, accessed 8th November 2011
  8. Editorial Science and politics: From science to decision making Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology, 44 (2006) 1–3, accessed 7th November 2011
  9. Bruce Ballantine, EPC Working Paper No 17. Enhancing the role of science in the decision-making of the European Union European Policy Centre, 2005, accessed 7th November 2011
  10. Corporate Europe Observatory, Part One: The European Policy Centre European Think Tank Series, Issue 2, October 1998,
  11. Rutherford, D. (2006) AIS Editorial The Globe Issue accessed 28th October 2013
  12. Anderson & Baumberg, Alcohol Policy: Who should sit at the table? Addiction Volume 102, No. 2 pp 335-336 (online subscription required)
  13. Anderson & Baumberg, Alcohol Policy: Who should sit at the table? Addiction Volume 102, No. 2 pp 335-336 (online subscription required)
  14. Legacy Library, Fax to Sarah Bennett BLRA from Andrea Livett of Diageo 10th March 1998, accessed 7th November 2011
  15. ASH, Smoke Filled Room 2010, accessed 7th November 2011
  16. Katherine E. Smith Gary Fooks, Jeff Collin, Heide Weishaar, Sema Mandal1, Anna B. Gilmore, Working the System”—British American Tobacco's Influence on the European Union Treaty and Its Implications for Policy: An Analysis of Internal Tobacco Industry Documents Public Library of Science, 12th January 2010, accessed 7th November 2011
  17. Leigh Phillips, Big tobacco distorted EU treaty, scientists say EUobserver 13th January 2010, accessed 7th November 2011
  18. Katherine E. Smith1 Gary Fooks, Jeff Collin, Heide Weishaar, Sema Mandal1, Anna B. Gilmore, Working the System”—British American Tobacco's Influence on the European Union Treaty and Its Implications for Policy: An Analysis of Internal Tobacco Industry Documents Public Library of Science, 12th January 2010, accessed 7th November 2011
  19. Campaign against Euro-federalism, Working the system Lobbying by transnational corporations May/June 2011 (no. 123), accessed 7th November 2011
  20. European Union, European Policy Centre Transparency Register, 29th July 2011, accessed 7th November 2011
  21. European Union, European Policy Centre Transparency Register, 29th July 2011, accessed 7th November 2011
  22. EPC Governing Board, accessed 8 November 2011
  23. European Policy Centre, Benefits & Fees accessed 1st November 2011
  24. EPC, Our Members accessed 1st November 2011