IIEA Brussels

About IIEA Brussels

The IIEA Brussels A.I.S.B.L provides the Brussels community with a forum to discuss the challenges facing Europe and the world. Located at the heart of the European Union, IIEA Brussels puts members face to face with the leading players behind major developments in the European Union and the international sphere. We work closely with the Institute in Ireland in terms of its work programme, publications and expertise. We organise regular debates with speakers from the EU institutions, Permanent Representations and Governments as well as academics and journalists.




Ciaran Spillane


Lynsey Moore


Brian Barron


Lydia Rooney


Eoin Keane


IIEA Brussels A.I.S.B.L Management Committee

The IIEA Brussels Management Committee is composed of volunteers who design and organise the IIEA Brussels agenda between September and June each year.


Our Trustees ensure that the IIEA Brussels A.I.S.B.L acts in accordance with the statutes of the organisation. They are:

Ruairi Quinn (President of IIEA), Kevin Leydon, Benoit Keane, Una O’Dwyer and Brendan Halligan.


Karen Banks


Elaine O’Connell


Peter O’Sullivan

Miriam Driessen Reilly


Eamonn Noonan


Nuala McNamee


Fergal Donnelly


Become a Member

IIEA Brussels Membership entitles you to participate in all the activities of IIEA Brussels A.I.S.B.L including talks, conferences and working groups. Membership provides you with a unique networking opportunity as events are usually followed by a wine reception so that members can meet and continue the discussion in a relaxed environment. Members based in Brussels are also entitled to attend events of the IIEA in Dublin, as part of their membership.

Individual membership costs EUR 50 per annum (reduced to EUR 10 for Stagiaires/Students) and runs from July to June of any given year.

If you are interested in joining, please send an email to iieabrusselsbranch@gmail.com for the attention of the Secretary of IIEA Brussels A.I.S.B.L, so that you can be directly informed of upcoming events and transfer your subscription fee to the following account:

Account Holder: IIEA Brussels AISBL
Account Address: Rue de Deux Eglises 39, 1000 Bruxelles

IBAN: BE 14001734523583    BIC: GEBABEBB

Brussels Past Events

6th July 2018

Brexit: Following the European Council, What’s Next?

On the occasion of the second Brendan Halligan annual lecture, our esteemed guest speaker, Mr Michel Barnier, gave a state of play of the Brexit negotiations, immediately following the European Council of 28/29 June 2018.
8th June 2017

Herman Van Rompuy

In June, Herman van Rompuy, President emeritus of the European Council and former Prime Minister of Belgium, delivered the inaugural Annual Brendan Halligan Lecture. Van Rompuy addressed whether there was a future for Europe. He pointed out that with the eurozone and refugee crises, Brexit and populist threats, the demise of the EU was forecasted by many.  In his view, the European idea is more resilient than many expected. He emphasised however that we have to work hard to reconcile the citizens with national and European politics. He remained optimistic for the future but warned that collectively a nation or a union can make dramatic mistakes, with consequences they do not expect or can foresee. There is a window of opportunity created by the latest challenges in the EU and he urged that this fully be used to the advantage of the EU. The event was followed by a reception co-hosted by the Permanent Representation of Ireland to the EU. Permanent Representation of Ireland to the EU
2nd May 2017

Douglas Herbert, France 24

In May, Douglas Herbert, of France 24, gave an in-depth analysis of the French Presidential election. An exciting electoral contest which turned out to be a game changer for France and Europe. We discussed the factors which influenced the result on 7 May, the implications of the two candidate’s programmes in particular for the European Union, and we also looked ahead to possible scenarios for the National Assembly elections in June and the formation of a new government in France.