THE INSTITUTE of Welsh Politics (IWP) holds its 16th annual lecture this term on Wednesday 20th April and in Aberystwyth University’s very own International Politics building. Giving this year’s address entitled ‘Reflections of Wales in Europe’ is the Honorary Fellow and alumnus Dr Hywel Ceri Jones.
Starting at a prompt 7pm, the lecture will be discussing the relationship between Wales and Europe, and sharing a few of his personal reflections on how this relationship has developed over the last few decades, as well as what the future holds for Wales and the UK within Europe. This year’s lecture has also been organised in tandem with WISERD, the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research & Data Methods.
From 1993 to 1998, Dr Jones held senior posts in the European Commission: Director of Education, Training and Youth Policy, Director of the task force for human resources, education and training with responsibility for the conception of the EU’s flagship programmes including Erasmus and Tempus.
Dr Jones was then appointed to act as Director General of the Directorate General for Employment, Social Policy and Industrial Relations (1993-1998). During this period he had responsibility for the European Social Fund and co-directed the EU’s Peace and Reconciliation Programme in Northern Ireland.
Subsequently, Dr Jones has acted as Chair of the European Policy Centre, Director of the European Network of Foundations, co-chair of the European Consortium of Foundations for Disability Rights, Governor of the European Culture Foundation and Trustee of Ecorys and the Federal Trust for Education and Research and of the Franco British Council.
In 1998-9 he served as European Adviser to the Secretary of State for Wales, chairing the all Wales task
force on Wales and Europe. In 2014-16 he has acted as one of the three European Funding Ambassadors to the Welsh Government, helping to promote and maximise the opportunities presented by the EU directly managed programmes, and a final report of their conclusions and recommendations for the Welsh Government has just been published on 17 March 2016.
Speaking ahead of the lecture, Dr Huw Lewis, acting Director of the Institute of Welsh Politics, said:
“[I am] delighted to welcome Hywel Ceri Jones back to Aberystwyth University to deliver the Institute of Welsh Politics’ Annual Lecture, organised in collaboration with WISERD. As someone who has spent much of his life working within the European Commission and been central to so many European developments over the course of the last thirty or forty years, and at a time when the UK’s future relationship with the EU is such a hot topic, we look forward very much to hear Hywel Ceri’s vision for Wales within Europe. “