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About the IIEA Brussels A.I.S.B.L

The Institute of International & European Affairs (IIEA) was established in Dublin in 1991. It provides an independent forum in Ireland and a centre for research on European affairs. The IIEA Brussels A.I.S.B.L  provides the Brussels community with a forum to discuss the challenges facing Europe and the world. Located at the heart of the European Union, the IIEA Brussels Branch puts members face to face with the leading players behind major developments in the European Union and the international sphere. We work closely with the Institute in Ireland in terms of its work programme, publications and expertise. We organise regular debates with speakers from the EU institutions, Permanent Representations and Governments as well as academics and journalists. There is usually at least one event per month from September to June.

Membership entitles you to participate in all the activities of the Brussels branch including talks, conferences and working groups. Membership provides you with a unique networking opportunity as events are usually followed by a wine reception so that members can meet and continue the discussion in a relaxed environment. Members based in Brussels are also entitled to attend events of the IIEA in Dublin, as part of their membership.

Individual membership costs EUR 50 per annum (reduced to EUR 10 for Stagiaires/Students) and runs from July to June of any given year. If you are interested in joining, please send an email (iieabrusselsbranch@gmail.com) for the attention of Laura Real (Secretary of the IIEA - Brussels Branch), so that you can be directly informed of up-coming events and transfer your subscription to the following account:

Account Holder: IIEA Brussels AISBL

Account Address: Rue de Deux Eglises 39, 1000 Bruxelles
IBAN: BE 14001734523583    BIC: GEBABEBB 

Communication: Name of Member(s) - Membership Fee 


Brendan Halligan (Chair IIEA), Kevin Leydon, Benoit Keane, Una O'Dwyer and Frank Wall.

2016/2017 Management Committee:

Chair: Brian Ward
Vice Chair: Sarah Sheil

Secretary: Laura Real

Treasurer: Sarah Rooney
PRO : Niamh O'Donnellan
Events Officer :  Lorraine Baldwin 

Ordinary Members: 

Joana Betson
Fergal Donnelly
Jim Murray
Erica Lee 
Jim Murray
Kaenas O'Connor 
Ciara Reynolds



Renewal of Subscriptions
With many thanks to those who have renewed already. Membership for 2016/2017 year is now due. The subscription year runs from July 2016 to June 2017.

The IIEA Brussels Branch is a volunteer organisation and the very modest annual subscriptions requested ensure that we can continue to organise events of interest to you. To arrange/renew your membership please pay (50 EUR normal / 10 EUR stagiaire) into the account below.

IIEA Brussels AISBL, 

Rue de Deux Eglises 39, 1000 Bruxelles

IBAN: BE 14001734523583


Please indicate your name and email details in the payment commentary. We will send a confirmation email to you on request. 


To be kept informed of upcoming events please subscribe to our mailing list by sending your details to iieabrusselsbranch@gmail.com. We are also on facebook - IIEA Brussels AISBL and Twitter @IIEABrussels


Minister of State for Europe Dara Murphy, T.D
presented IIEA members with a State of European Union.

 A year in review and Christmas reception with Tony Connelly. 

John Downing - preview of the upcoming general election in Ireland

Women for Election on the participation of more women in politics featuring Catherine Day, adviser to the European Commission and Niamh Gallagher, co-founder of Women for Election, and the Permanent Representative of Ireland to the EU Declan Kelleher.

Digital Single market with Ronan Harris - Head of Google’s Operations in Ireland and Vice President - Sales and Operations for Europe, the Middle East and Africa and Kilian Gross - Member of the Cabinet of Commissioner Günther Oettinger - Digital Economy & Society.

Irish political diplomacy with Ambassador Declan Kelleher and Professor Eunan O’Halpin and Seán Donlon former Secretary-General of the Department of Foreign Affairs

IIEA’s Chief Economist Dan O’Brien on his proposal for a European recovery project.

Johnathan Faull on the future of the European Union and the implications of the UK’s negotiations on remaining.

Post UK EU referendum analysis from Dáithí O' Ceallaigh, Quentin Peel and Richard Whitman on the implication of Brexit for Ireland, the UK and Europe.

For more detail on our events, please see Chairman’s report here.

Please also note that at the end of 2016, the IIEA Brussels Committee Chair announced that a “Brendan Halligan Annual Lecture” would be added to the programme of the IIEA Brussels AISBL going forward for his years of services to the European project and the strategic impact he has had on EU affairs.