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Day one of the Open Europe / Fresh Start #EUreform conference covered an enormous amount of ground – kicking off with UK Chancellor George Osborne’s widely cited “reform or decline” speech.

300 reformers eager to get on with it, and it was all about substance.

Below are some pictures from the first day.

The Rt Hon. George Osborne giving the opening keynote speech

Reform Lesson from Central and Eastern Europe: Open Europe Berlin’s Nora Hesse, Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin, Estonia’s Foreign Minister Urmas Paet, and former Slovakian PM Iveta Radičová
The Fresh Start MPs giving a press conference 
The breakout sessions discussed a range of ideas for how to make the EU more competitive. 
The Rt Hon. William Hague addressing the “Reformers’ Reception” in the evening 
William Hague talking to a group of Swedish MPs


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