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Defining a new political contract for the EU

The EU is faced with the challenges of fashioning practices and institutions that reconcile the conflicting demands on political representatives from their international partners and their domestic constituents. This has been particularly manifest in the eurozone recently, but it reflects a deeper challenge which also concerns non euro-area members such as the UK.
Prof Albert Weale (UCL SPP)
19 March 2015 More...

Starts: Mar 19, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Don’t let the Paris murderers win

Professor Laborde warns against the reactivist response to the Paris murders: they misunderstand the role played by free speech and by laïcité. Further, they allow criminals to set the term of the debate on how to better facilitate Muslim integration if France.
Professor Cécile Laborde
26 February 2015 More...

Starts: Feb 26, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Britain and EU reform

Piet Eeckhout revisits the question of EU reform, including different options for and legal as well as political constraints of such reform.
Professor Piet Eeckhout
20 January 2015 More...

Starts: Jan 20, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Resources from 2012 EU Careers Event

24 February 2012

Stream the film and download two powerpoint presentations from this year's event.

The EU careers event, which was held on 6 March this year, formed part of the International Careers Week at UCL. The event offered students an overview over career options with EU institutions, UK civil service, and relevant private and third-sector organisations and gave them an insight into access pathways and entry criteria.

5 speakers gave presentations during a 1h45min panel discussion. This was followed by a networking session. For more information on speakers, see below.

The event was filmed. You can stream it here:



Gergely Polner (Chair) Head of Outreach, European Parliament Office in the UK
Huw Davies European Personnel Selection Service (EPSO)
John Evans European Commission Translation Service
Robin Walker European Fast Stream (UK Civil Service) 
Gawain Towler Former MEP assistant
Dorothée D’Herde Former EU public affairs professional


Further participants at the networking session

Brian Capon
British Bankers Association
Arjun Singh-Muchelle  
British Bankers Association
Elizabeth Krahulecz
Associate Director, Regulatory and Public Policy / Ernst & Young



Huw Davies, European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO)
EPSO carries out the assessment that all candidates need to go through to become a civil servant of the EU Institutions- including the Commission, the Parliament and the Council. Huw manages EPSO's communication team who try and help more people around Europe to learn about careers with the EU. Huw is on secondment from the UK Civil Service Fast Stream where he previously worked as a Private Secretary to two Ministers, as well as working on policy areas such as Education and Renewable Energy. His first post in Brussels was a 5 month secondment to the Cabinet of Baroness Ashton during her period as Trade Commissioner.

Robin Walker, European Fast Stream, UK Civil Service
Robin Walker is a European Fast Streamer working in the Home Office advising the government on a decision on whether to opt out of 133 different European Justice and Home Affairs measures which has to be made by 2014. After graduating from UCL (law and French law LLB) in 2009, Robin spent a year in Japan teaching English as part of the JET programme. He then passed the LPC with distinction at The College Of Law, Moorgate in 2011 before starting his post at the Home Office at the beginning of this year.

Gawain Towler, MEP assistant
Gawain Towler is currently an MEP assistant. He was formerly in the same role in Brussels (2005-9). Before that he was a freelance journalist working with Private Eye, The Sunday Telegraph and founder/editor of the Brussels based magazine 'The Sprout'. (2001-5). Before that he worked as the International Development advisor to the Conservative Group in the European Parliament (1999-2001).

John Evan, Language Officer, European Commission Representation in the UK
John Evans is a staff translator with the Directorate-General for Translation (DGT) - the translation service of the European Commission – working from French, Spanish, Portuguese and Polish.  He currently works in the DGT Field Office in London where he is involved in a range of initiatives to promote language learning in the UK and in raising awareness of opportunities for linguists within the European institutions. John has a BA (Hons) in French and Spanish from Cardiff University (1998) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Translating and Interpreting from Bath University (2000). Before joining the Commission in 2005 he worked as a linguist in the UK civil service and as a staff translator for a UN agency in Switzerland.

Dorothée D’Herde, External Relations, McKinsey
Dorothée D’Herde is Head of External Relations at McKinsey, Sustainability and Resource Productivity Practice, where she works to develop the global thought leadership agenda on climate change, sustainability and resource productivity, handles media relations and manages the firm’s reputation. She was previously account director at GPlus Europe, a London and Brussels based public affairs consultancy specializing in European Union political strategy, policy development and media and public relations. She has also worked in the Cabinet of the Belgian Deputy Prime Minster and Minister of the Interior, for a Network of European Foundations and for the European Commission Spokesperson’s Service. She holds a Master of European Social Studies from the College of Europe (Bruges) and a BA in Linguistics and Literature from the Universities of Ghent and Nijmegen, as well as a Teacher Training Degree from the University of Ghent and the Universidad Complutense in Madrid.

Gergely Polner, European Parliament Office in the UK
Gergely is Head of Outreach for the European Parliament in the United Kingdom. He is a litigation lawyer who travelled and worked around the world from the Caribbean to Bosnia and Herzegovina and he has never considered becoming a "eurocrat" - actually thinking EU law was the most boring subject at law school. Following the big-bang EU enlargement in 2004, he nonetheless joined the European Parliament in Brussels, where he got addicted to the EU. In 2011 he acted as spokesperson for the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU. Serving in the Council during the Arab Spring and the increasing sovereign debt crisis allowed him to witness one of the most intense periods of diplomatic negotiations in EU history. He returned to London in August 2011 at the height of the "euro-crisis" to continue supporting a meaningful public debate on the EU.

Elizabeth Krahulecz (Regulatory and Public Policy, Ernst & Young's)
Elizabeth Krahulecz is an associate director of Ernst & Young's regulatory & public policy activities. In her role she is working closely with regulators and public policy makers in Brussels and across Central and Eastern Europe. Between June 2007 and July 2011 she worked as economic attaché for the Ministry for National Economy of the Republic of Hungary in London where she was the key interface with economic and financial institutions dedicated to effectively managing and developing key client relations between EU, UK and the Hungarian financial sector. Prior to that she had worked for Ernst & Young in Hungary including EU and public sector projects. Elizabeth is also leader and co-founder of think tanks, professional and social networks including the CEE Network and the Hungarian Professionals. Elizabeth has broad experience of economic advisory and deep knowledge of economic policy, EU projects and macroeconomics (EU/CEE). Elizabeth holds an MA in International Relations from University of Westminster and BA in Economics from Budapest Business School, Department of International Management and Business Studies, Economic Diplomacy and International Management Programme.

Brian Capon (Assistant Director, Media, British Bankers' Association, BBA)
Brian joined the BBA press office in 1995 and covers all aspects of media relations and in particular personal and business banking.  He also has responsibility for the BBA’s radio broadcast studio and photographic requirements. A qualified banker and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, Brian started his career in the Midland Bank in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, in 1969. His subsequent management roles covered a range of banking activities at various locations across the country including retail, corporate, international, specialised industries, compliance, training and media relations in both Midland Bank and then HSBC. He is an advocate of community relations and is actively involved with various educational and youth projects.  He is a financial assessor for the Personal Finance Education Group and at one time ran the Midland Bank Motoring Club.

Arjun Singh-Muchelle (Head of EU Affairs at the British Bankers' Association, BBA)
Arjun leads the BBA’s lobbying and engagement with the EU Institutions and across Europe. Prior to this, he was a Policy Advisor in the Retail banking team at the BBA. He has previously worked at European Commission, the London Councils European Service, the think-tank Policy Network and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Canada and, subsequently his Master’s degree, in European Political Economy, at the London School of Economics where he also completed his PhD in the same subject. He has published articles on topics ranging from the political economy of climate change to Norwegian politics and speaks four languages.