IIEA Brussels

About IIEA Brussels

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, IIEA Brussels 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.


Upcoming Events

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Ciaran Spillane


Kaenas O’Connor


Sarah Rooney


Lorraine Baldwin

P.R. Officer

Erica Lee

IIEA Brussels A.I.S.B.L Management Committee

The IIEA Brussels Management Committee is composed of volunteers who design and organise the IIEA Brussels agenda between September and June each year.


Our Trustees ensure that the IIEA Brussels A.I.S.B.L acts in accordance with the statutes of the organisation. They are:

Brendan Halligan (President of IIEA), Kevin Leydon, Benoit Keane, Una O’Dwyer and Frank Wall.


Brian Barron

Ciara Reynolds

Dermot Doyle

Doreen Burke

Eddie Brannigan

Lorcan O’Flaherty

Lynsey Moore

Peter O’Sullivan

Become a Member

IIEA Brussels Membership entitles you to participate in all the activities of IIEA Brussels A.I.S.B.L 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 to iieabrusselsbranch@gmail.com for the attention of Lorraine Baldwin (Secretary of IIEA Brussels A.I.S.B.L), so that you can be directly informed of upcoming events and transfer your subscription fee to the following account:

Account Holder: IIEA Brussels AISBL
Account Address: Rue de Deux Eglises 39, 1000 Bruxelles

IBAN: BE 14001734523583 BIC: GEBABEBB

Brussels Past Events

8th March 2019

A Tale of Two Tails – Risks and Resilience in Uncertain Times

Deputy Governor Donnery addresses how domestic macro-financial policy needs to promote sufficient resilience to withstand the risks facing the Irish economy and financial system.
6th July 2018

Brexit: Following the European Council, What’s Next?

On the occasion of the second Brendan Halligan annual lecture, our esteemed guest speaker, Mr Michel Barnier, gave a state of play of the Brexit negotiations, immediately following the European Council of 28/29 June 2018.
8th June 2017

Herman Van Rompuy

In June, Herman van Rompuy, President emeritus of the European Council and former Prime Minister of Belgium, delivered the inaugural Annual Brendan Halligan Lecture. Van Rompuy addressed whether there was a future for Europe. He pointed out that with the eurozone and refugee crises, Brexit and populist threats, the demise of the EU was forecasted by many.  In his view, the European idea is more resilient than many expected. He emphasised however that we have to work hard to reconcile the citizens with national and European politics. He remained optimistic for the future but warned that collectively a nation or a union can make dramatic mistakes, with consequences they do not expect or can foresee. There is a window of opportunity created by the latest challenges in the EU and he urged that this fully be used to the advantage of the EU. The event was followed by a reception co-hosted by the Permanent Representation of Ireland to the EU.Permanent Representation of Ireland to the EU