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Fifth EU-Balkans Discussion Group Luncheon, Polish Embassy, London, 20 July 2011 - Read summary here


The fifth informal working luncheon of the EU-Balkans Discussion Group was hosted and chaired by Her Excellency Barbara Tuge – Erecińska Ambassador of the Republic of Poland at the Polish Embassy, London, on 20 July 2011, as a follow - up of the fourth meeting of 21 March 2011 hosted and chaired by the Hungarian Embassy.  


Regional economic and political cooperation and sustained foreign direct investment, as noted by Ambassador Tuge-Erecińska, and further elaborated by the IBDE, are necessary for further integration of the local economies of the Western Balkans into the European economic and political structures. In light of this, Mr Peter Hayes, Head of Public Affairs of the London Stock Exchange and member of the IBDE Advisory Board was invited to talk about how financial sector can promote public/private sector development in South Eastern Europe and the role of Stock Exchanges in facilitating the process.

The luncheon was attended by the EU-Balkans Ambassadors plus Turkey, FCO, UKTI, London Stock Exchange, HSBC, EBRD, DMA.


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Minutes available to participants and IBDE members.



Sir Winfried Bischoff


JP Morgan Securities plc

The Rt Hon Michael Fallon

Secretary of State for Defence


The Rt Hon the Lord Heseltine CH

UK Deputy Prime Minister (1995-1997)


John McFarlane



Sir Michael Rake


BT Group