Inside the Deal: How the EU Got Brexit Done – An Egmont Expert Exchange with Stefaan De Rynck


30 May 2023




Club Prince Albert (Madou Room), Rue des Petits Carmes 20, Brussels

Type of Event

Expert Exchange


Egmont Institute

The withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union constituted a watershed moment for the process of European integration. It proved simultaneously possible for a member state to leave the Union and to maintain unity amongst the remaining member states. As such, the European institutions have passed what was arguably the most important stress test since the empty chair crisis in 1965. In his new book Inside the Deal Stefaan De Rynck elaborates on how the EU negotiation team delivered a new relationship with the UK that is in line with the integrity of the single market and other core EU interests. In this exclusive Egmont expert exchange, he will detail how the European Commission’s Brexit Task Force completed its mandate and what this tells us about the future of the European project.


About the speaker
Dr Stefaan De Rynck is Head of the European Commission’s Representation in Belgium. Until 2021 he was a senior advisor to Michel Barnier, the Brexit Negotiator for the European Union. He has worked as an EU civil servant on financial regulation, the single market, transport policy, sustainable urban development and on EU Treaty changes. He has a PhD in political and social sciences from the European University Institute in Florence and teaches at the Public Governance Institute of the University of Leuven in Belgium.



16h30             Welcome coffee
17h00              Introduction by prof dr Alexander Mattelaer (Egmont)
17h05              Opening remarks by dr Stefaan De Rynck (European Commission)
17h20              Comments by Kamiel Vermeylen (Knack)
17h30              Q&A with the audience
18h30              END


Please register by 25 May.


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