You are cordially invited to

a discussion lunch with Mr. Martin Westlake (Ox. 1976-79), Secretary general of the European Economic and Social Committee.  This will take place on Thursday June 18th at the:

Fondation Universitaire Stichtung,

rue d'Egmont 11,

1000 Brussels.

Tel. +32/2/545.04.20

There will be a reception from 12.00, with lunch at 12.30.  Mr. Westlake will speak on the topic “Fleshing out the Lisbon Treaty’s provisions on participatory democracy”.  Mr Westlake has had a fascinating career, and has opinions on many subjects, you can find out more about both him and the EESC by visiting the website:

Participation in this event will cost €30 per head for the lunch, please register by transferring the required amount to account n° 000-0103946-59 du Club de la Fondation Universitaire with the communication ‘lunch 18/6 and the name(s) of the participant(s), and reply to  For catering purposes we would appreciate registration by Friday June 5th (late registrations may be accepted if there is room available).

Please reply to: Carol de Lusignan

Secretary, Oxford Society of Belgium,

Avenue Herbert Hoover 149,

1030 Brussels,

02 732 33 28

Martin Westlake (Oxxford 1976) took a Masters at the Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) and a PhD at the European University Institute, Florence. He has worked in various European institutions, including the Council of Europe, the Council of Ministers and the European Commission. In his last post in the Commission (DG Education and Culture) he was responsible at administrative level for creating and pushing through the Erasmus Mundus programme. He joined the EESC in 2003 as Head of Communication and served as Director of Consultative Work before being appointed Secretary General. He has written widely about European and British politics and institutions and is the author of a biography of Neil Kinnock (Little, Brown, 2001). He was a Professor at the College of Europe 2000-2005 (course on the European Parliament) and is an Associate Member of the Centre for Legislative Studies at the University of Hull.