City Corporation boosts Brussels representation

The City of London Corporation has boosted its Brussels office presence with the appointment of former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Jeremy Browne, as Special Representative for the City.

The Special Representative will look to enhance the UK’s financial and professional services industry’s engagement with EU institutions and across Members States.

Mr. Browne’s remit will include:

  • Engaging with the most senior EU policy makers and officials ensuring that the City Corporation remains fully engaged in EU policy making. This will include the European Commission’s Investment Plan and the development of an EU Capital Markets Union.
  • Providing insight to senior leaders of financial and professional services firms on EU policy development.
  • Explaining the value to senior EU opinion formers of London’s role as Europe’s international financial centre and how this supports EU-wide economic growth and job creation.
  • Influencing the development of relevant EU financial services and related policy dossiers.
  • Ensuring that the City’s voice is heard in Brussels ahead of the UK referendum on EU membership.

Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee at the City of London Corporation, Mark Boleat, said:

“Jeremy’s experience and expertise, especially with his ministerial background, will mean that the financial and professional services sector’s voice is going to be heard at the top echelons of Brussels. I look forward to working with him in the coming months.”

Jeremy Browne said:

"The financial and professional services sector is one of the real strengths of the UK's economy, supporting jobs and growth across the country. I look forward to representing the City in Brussels, ensuring it is more engaged there and in Member States, and am delighted to be taking on this new role."

The Corporation has had an office in Brussels since 2004 with the purpose of working with a wide range of financial and professional services firms and policymakers in the European Commission, European Parliament, EU institutions and other EU capitals.

Mr. Browne will take up the post from 1 September 2015 on a fixed period of three years.

The appointment was made in conjunction with TheCityUK who represent the UK-based financial and related professional services industry.

Notes to editors

  1. Further details on the appointment can be found here.
  2. About the City of London Corporation - The City of London Corporation provides local government and policing services for the financial and commercial heart of Britain, the 'Square Mile'. In addition, the City Corporation has three roles: (1) we support London’s communities by working in partnership with neighbouring boroughs on economic regeneration, education and skills projects. In addition, the City of London Corporation’s charity City Bridge Trust makes grants of more than £15 million annually to charitable projects across London and we also support education with three independent schools, three City Academies, a primary school and the world-renowned Guildhall School of Music and Drama. (2) We also help look after key London heritage and green spaces including Tower Bridge, Museum of London, Barbican Arts Centre, City gardens, Hampstead Heath, Epping Forest, Burnham Beeches, and important ‘commons’ in south London. (3) And we also support and promote the ‘City’ as a world-leading financial and business hub, with outward and inward business delegations, high-profile civic events, research-driven policies all reflecting a long-term approach. See for more details.

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