Fostering innovation and growth in ‘Europe 2020’

Aston Centre for Europe
Aston Centre for Europe

28, June 2011

Malcolm Harbour MEP, and Siôn Simon, prospective mayoral candidate for Birmingham will be speaking at Aston University to outline their views on how to best foster innovation and growth in Europe and the West Midlands region.

The Aston Centre for Europe conference, ‘Securing smart, sustainable and inclusive growth for the new Europe’, will be debating the ‘Europe 2020’ strategy. This European Commission ‘blueprint’ is designed to drive forward competitiveness with innovation and green growth firmly at the heart of the plan. The free event at Aston’s Lakeside Conference Centre on Thursday 7 July 2011, will allow participants to debate whether the 2020 framework is robust and addresses the needs of European entrepreneurs and business leaders.

Key speakers and panel members will include: Malcolm Harbour, Conservative MEP; Siôn Simon former Erdington MP for Labour; Jerry Blackett, CEO, Birmingham Chamber of Commerce; Gerald Wolf, Economic Affairs, German Embassy, London and Dr Ruth Paserman from the European Commission.

Dr Carolyn Rowe, Lecturer in Politics at the Aston Centre for Europe said the event, part of the ‘New EU Agenda series’ series will provide chance for a lively business debate, bringing together business leaders, academics, policy practitioners and local activists with a shared interest in developing a sound European policy framework for the delivery of the Europe 2020 strategy’s goals and objectives.

“We will be examining and questioning European Commission plans for future jobs prospects for Europe and the region, the best ways to foster innovation, and the sustainable business growth of our cities. We want to encourage an opinionated debate with featured key note speeches from prominent national and regional representatives, and the opportunity for roundtable and question and answer sessions.”

The Aston Centre for Europe conference, ‘Securing smart, sustainable and inclusive growth for the new Europe’ is at Aston University, Lakeside Conference Centre on Thursday 7 July 2011 from 9.45am to 6pm with drinks reception. Attendance is free, however space is limited.

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For further press information contact Alex Earnshaw, University Communications on 0121 204 4549 or email