European-Atlantic Group



The European-Atlantic Group, a non-aligned, all party, registered charity founded in 1954, is renowned as one of the foremost platforms for high level interaction in the field of international relations. Most of the EAG’s meetings are held at Westminster in House of Commons Committee Rooms, but when Parliament is not sitting meetings may be held in the City of London or elsewhere in London.

Members of the Group include diplomats, parliamentarians, officers of the armed forces, business people, students of international relations and defence and security matters, and the informed and interested general public. Few matters of moment in Europe or America can remain untouched by wider world affairs, so countries such as Afghanistan and South Sudan as well as Lithuania and Ukraine, and many others around the world, have been the subjects of expert discussion and analysis. EAG speakers have include royalty and presidents, the ambassadors of America, China and Russia, ministers, shadow ministers, the head of MI5, and the chiefs of our armed forces.

The EAG aims to strengthen trans-Atlantic links, and to bring together experts from the political, military, security, diplomatic, economic, and academic fields from NATO or OSCE and allied countries.

The EAG was the brainchild in 1954 of Mrs Dangerfield, and she and the other founders, including The Rt Hon Lord Abinger and The Lord Layton CH CBE, originally saw in the Group a means of facilitating contacts between Congressmen and Senators visiting the UK and the Council of Europe. E-AG Presidents have included The Lord Layton CH CBE, The Rt Hon Earl of Listowel, Sir Geoffrey de Freitas KCMG MP and, since the 1990s, The Earl of Bessborough DL, Sir Frank Roberts GCMG GCVO, The Rt Hon Lord Rippon of Hexham QC, The Lord Dahrendorf, Lord Judd, The Earl of Limerick KBE, The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein CMG CBE, Sir Michael Burton KCVO CMG, The Baroness Hooper CMG, Lord Dykes and the Rt Hon Baroness Symons of Vernam Dean.

The Trustees of the EAG are Lord Hamilton of Epsom and Mr Christopher Arkell.

The future of the EAG depends on the support of those who care about issues such as defence and security, Europe, the UK relationship with America, sustainable development, and other important international challenges. The EAG is a ‘broad church’ and is classified as educational by the Charity Commission.

Its aspirations include the speaking of truth to power. The EAG welcomes all who can contribute to and help with its work.


The current Director is Charles Bennett -]

The Membership Secretary is Celia Matthews -]





Director - Charles Bennett

Arab News Network

November 2014