27 February 2009

Three Way Meeting a great success

Our February meeting last night was another great success. Over 100 people attended our joint BBCU, BUS & EU-Ukraine Business Council meeting - The Rule of Law in Ukraine.

Our two main guest speakers were John Grogan MP (Member for Selby) and Sir Brian Neill.
John inspired people with a positive speech about the relationships between the UK and Ukraine, but reminded everyone that the 2012 Euro football events must be a success, or it will prove a disappointment for Ukraines image abroad.

Sir Brian Neill gave an outstanding presentation on the findings from his first visit last year along with Sir Henry Brooke. He gave an interested account of where Ukraine currently stands in legal process terms. (Copies of the report were made available at the meeting in both English and Ukrainian). I must say I admire him the way he just stands up and without any notes and remembers names and places and dates and gives an accurate account of things. He is a very professional man and a fine example of a former senior British judge. They dont make them like him anymore. He makes me proud to be British.

Many people from the audience shared my views also and came to express how impressed they were. One young woman asked me why we dont form a road show and tour around the country inspring young people inlaw schools and universities. A great idea, but a full time job also.

So, another successful event and many people stayed on later as usual to 'celebrate'.

I would like to thank James Wilson of the EU-Ukraine Business Council and Vera Kravchanko from the British Ukrainian Society for helping to organis this three way event.

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