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About the IIEA Brussels Branch

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 Branch 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 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 Michael Humphreys (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 Branch;
Account Number: 001 – 4758924 – 83; IBAN: BE14 0014 7589 2483; BIC: GEBABEBB

Communication: Name of Member(s) - Membership Fee


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

2014/2015 Management committee:

Chair: Kevin Keary

Vice Chair: Sarah Shiels

Secretary: Laura Real

Treasurer: Brian Ward 

Ordinary Members:

Niamh O'Donnellan (PRO)

Joana Betson

Fergal Donnelly

Fergal O’Regan         

Erik O’Donovan

Dick Bates

Jim Murray

Co-opted Observer Members: Orla Keane and Brian Smart.


Upcoming Event:

The IIEA Brussels Branch are honoured to host Dr Donal Donovan, Member of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council and former Deputy Director of the IMF and Professor Antoin Murphy of Trinity College Dublin, to discuss their recent book titled "The Fall of the Celtic Tiger" and also to give their analysis of the so-called "Celtic Comeback".

Donal Donovan is currently Adjunct Professor at the University of Limerick and a Visiting Lecturer at Trinity College Dublin. He was a member of the teams that produced the Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland’s report in May 2010 and the Nyberg Commission’s report in April 2011, both dealing with the causes of the Irish banking crisis. Donal worked in the IMF from 1977 until 2005 when he retired as a Deputy Director. During his career at the IMF, he worked closely with many countries experiencing financial crises. Donal holds a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia and a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College Dublin.

Antoin E. Murphy is an associate professor in economics at Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin. He has been a visiting scholar at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard, the Institut d’Etude DÈmographiques in Paris, the Hoover Institution and the department of economics at Stanford University. His special interests are in macroeconomics, monetary economics and the history of monetary thought. He is one of the joint managing editors of the European History of Economic Thought.


The Office of the Northern Ireland Executive 
180  Chaussée d'Etterbeek

Tues 1st Oct 2013
Time : 
7 pm to 8.15 pm (followed by a wine reception).

This event is open to members and friends of the IIEA. We particularly welcome newcomers. Please inform us if you wish to attend as soon as possible (email: iieabrusselsbranch@gmail.com).

Kevin Keary, Chair,
IIEA Brussels Branch


Renewal of Subscriptions
With many thanks to those who have renewed already. Membership for 2012/2013 year is now due. The subscription year runs from July 2012 to June 2013.
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
Fortis Bank Account Number 001-4758924-83
IBAN: BE14 0014 7589 2483
Please indicate your name and email details in the payment commentary. We will send a confirmation email to you on request. 


IIEA Brussels Branch 20th Anniversary Dinner Photos



The IIEA Brussels Branch is pleased to announce that it celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year with a special dinner.

The Guest of Honour is An Taoiseach ENDA KENNY TD

Venue :
Renaissance Hotel, rue du Parnasse 15-19, 1050 Brussels. 

Date :
Wednesday, 3 October, 2012
Time :
7.15 pm.

Price :
Paid-up Members and spouses/partners (2011-2012) - €65. Other guests - €75.
Dress Code:
Lounge suit.
Tables of 10 only.
The evening will start with a welcome drink at 7.15 pm which is kindly sponsored by The Nickel Institute.

Guests will be seated at 7.45 pm sharp. 

Reservations guaranteed only by bank transfer to account
IBAN  BE14 0014 7589 2483
All names to be submitted by email to  iieabrusselsbranch@gmail.com  Please let us know if you have a dietary restriction
Members are requested to book as soon as possible as capacity at the hotel is very limited and there is already considerable interest from non-members.

Frank Wall, Chair,  IIEA   Brussels Branch

Eileen Kelly , Secretary,  IIEA   Brussels Branch 

We also remind you to renew your subscriptions for 2012-2013. While the IIEA Brussels is a volunteer organisation, the very modest annual subscriptions ensure that we can continue to organise events of interest to you.

To arrange membership please pay (50 EUR normal / 10 EUR stagiaire) into the account below
Fortis Bank Account Number 001-4758924-83 
IBAN: BE14 0014 7589 2483

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

(L-R) Ambassador Rory Montgomery, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the European Union; Frank Wall, Chairman of the IIEA Brussels Branch; Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner  for Research, Innovation and Science; and Ambassador Tom Hanney, Deputy Permanent Representative of Ireland to the European Union.

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