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The Senior European Experts are an independent group of former high-ranking British diplomats and civil servants, including several former UK ambassadors to the EU, and former officials of the institutions of the EU.

The group provides high-quality, fact-based briefing materials on EU issues.  The intention is to brief opinion-formers in the UK and more widely.  Many journalists, politicians, academics and others from across the EU are on the mailing list.  Papers drawn up by the group are sent out free of charge every month.

The group was established in 1999 by the late Sir Michael Butler, who as a senior British diplomat led the negotiations that secured the rebate on Britain’s financial contribution to the EU; and David Hannay, another former UK Permanent Representative to the EU and now a Crossbench peer.

The Senior European Experts group has no party political affiliation and does not receive funding from any government or EU institution.

Further details about the members of the group can be found in the Our Members section.



Nicholas Kent




Erik Cummins

Communications Officer

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