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Your Excellency Ambassador Brummell,
We are delighted to welcome you, Lord Mayor, at the National Bank of Romania. We extend a warm welcome to Mr. Jeremy Browne, Special Representative for the City of London to the European Union, as well as to our guests from this leading international financial center.
This is actually the second visit of a Right Honourable Lord Mayor of London at the National Bank of Romania. We were privileged to host The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of London Alderman Mr. Nick Anstee in 2010. We do hope this is becoming a wonderful tradition. A heartfelt welcome to His Excellency, Mr. Paul Brummell, the British Ambassador to Romania, as we have a long-lasting tradition in relation with Her Majesty’s Embassy here in Bucharest. For example, two weeks ago, in this hall, His Excellency, Ambassador Paul Brummell addressed the audience, on the subject of the Romanian economy and its progress after ten years as a member of the European Union. Two nights ago, also in this great hall, we launched Lord Mervyn King’s book, The End of Alchemy. Last, but not least, we were very proud to host, in the beautiful gardens of our Training Center, the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth II in 2012 and to welcome His Royal Highness Prince of Wales. I am mentioning all these to stress the great relationship we have with the UK.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Today’s event will give the audience a closer glimpse to the “City of London as a Financial Centre after UK Exit from the EU”. The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of London Alderman, Dr. Andrew Parmley will say a few words about this topic.
Mr. Jeremy Browne, Special Representative for the City of London to the European Union will present in more detail the financial services and the future of the City of London after UK exit from the EU. He has kindly agreed to a short Q&A session.
Now, allow me to introduce today’s guests and speakers:
The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of London Alderman, Dr. Andrew Parmley has built a solid career both in education and business sectors. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music both in Manchester and London. He is closely involved in promoting culture and creative industries, having held numerous positions in various organizations: Board Member of the Prime Minister’s Apprenticeship Delivery Board, International Ambassador for London Symphony Orchestra. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from Strathclyde University in recognition of his work for the City of London and the financial contribution of the arts. We have to highlight his special interest in educational technology, particularly the creation of Virtual Learning Environments, in FinTech and in cybercrime.
Mr. Jeremy Browne attended Nottingham University. He is now an international advisor and Honorary Professor of International Relations at the University. He was previously a member of the British Government; he served as Minister of State both in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and in the Home Office. He was a Member of the Parliament for ten years. In September 2015, the City of London Corporation appointed him as the Special Representative for the City to the EU. He represents the City’s financial and professional service industry in engaging with EU institutions across EU Member States.
I will now give the floor to His Excellency Ambassador Brummell, then I invite The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of London, Dr. Andrew Parmley and for the keynote speech, Mr. Jeremy Browne. At the end we invite you at a cocktail across the hall and guided tour of the Museum.