News & Key Events
"Demystifying the EU" - Bill at the IPT
17 November 2009
Bill spoke at an Industry & Parliament Trust event on Tuesday 17th November at Scotland House in Brussels.
The event, which was part of the IPT's European Study Programme for Industry, was attended by executives and officials from the UK private and public sectors.
Bill's session, entitled entitled "From Theory to Practice," included
- working examples of cooperation with the European Commission
- Recommendations of how to influence European legislation
- Networking on the Brussels scene and demystifying the process
Bill's presentation can viewed here.
Webcast with Ministry of Justice & EC
07 October 2009
The PEP Partnership set up and chaired a webcast with officials from the UK Ministry of Justice and the European Commission to discuss the new rules on cross-border fines enforcement.
The webcast, on Friday th October, broadcast live over the web to a global audience. Delegates registered for the event represented more than 60 organisations from many EU member states including the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Malta and Belgium, Lithuania and the Czech Republic.
Details of the event are available here:
Full Webcast details here: http://bit.ly/sparks-webcast
Audio only playback here:
The webcast is part of the SPARKS Network activities that the PEP Partnership manages.
Bill's media comments on new fines regime
30 September 2009
The introduction of new rules concerning the enforcement of fines across national borders led to many requests for interviews with Bill Blakemore.
Bill manages the SPARKS Network on behalf of its local authority and other members, and has written articles commenting on the effectiveness of the new laws. SPARKS is focused on cross-border traffic enforcement issues.
PEP adds web tools to enhance our service
21 September 2009
The PEP Partnership LLP has started to use a suite of new web-based tools to increase the visibility and breadth of its services to prospective and existing clients.
The first of these tools is iPadio, a phone-to-web broadcast service that allows users to broadcast live onto the internet from anywhere using the phone.
"Our first application of iPadio has been to give audio feedback to readers of our website on what we've been doing, as well as to pose questions which they may wish to respond to or comment on", explained Bill Blakemore, who has been trialling the new service. "People visiting our website can see this for themselves by visiting the "Our Point of View" menu item."
Bill heads abroad to train African civil servants
14 August 2009
Bill spent two weeks in Dubai in August running training courses on behalf of Global Training Consulting Ltd. Trainees included officials from several Nigerian federal government ministries and parastatals (agencies).
Bill covered a range of subjects on his courses included comparative legislative processes, and contract and project management.
The Dubai trip followed on from a ten day visit to Tanzania in July to run similar courses with officials from the power and water sector.
Commenting on the Dubai trip Bill said "This was my first visit to the United Arab Emirates and it was fascinating to see Dubai City after hearing so much about it. Dubai has been badly hit by the downturn and locals complained that things were very quiet. But my impression is that there is still considerable wealth and opportunity in Dubai, if the activity in the shopping malls and on the highways is anything to go by. The delegates certainly enjoyed the location, despite the heat - it was in the mid-'s Centigrade most of the time I was away."
Pippa is elected to the Court of the Wax Chandlers
10 August 2009
Pippa has been elected to the Court of the Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers and made her declaration as an 'Assistant to the Court' on the th August 2009.
Pippa has been a member of the Wax Chandlers, one of the City of London's oldest livery companies, for the last five years and received the Freedom of the City of London in 2007.
The Court of a livery company acts as its board of directors and makes decisions on behalf of the company.
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