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Two months later, Mr Blair and Mr Mimica met again. Established in December 2016, the Institute aims to help make globalisation work for the many, not the few. The effort to remove the option of a no-deal Brexit this year, which he supported, was successful, meaning there was no need to activate TBI’s contingency plans. On Saturday a TBI spokesman insisted that the institute was “perfectly entitled to seek EU funding for work relevant to EU funding streams”, adding: “As a matter of fact we have not yet ­submitted a formal application so no funding has been received.”. View our online Press Pack. Tony Blair was bidding for contracts with the European Union for his “institute for global change” as he publicly campaigned to overturn Brexit, The Telegraph can disclose. According to them, this is what makes TBI different to other entities that carry out similar work.”.

Documents obtained by this newspaper show that the former prime ­minister held talks with officials about striking a funding agreement between the European Commission and the not-for-profit Tony Blair Institute (TBI). Mr Blair had set up the not-for-profit Tony Blair Institute and he was seeking EU funding for some of his work. Mr Blair and his staff held meetings with EU officials earlier this year, as he was separately campaigning against a no-deal Brexit and insisting the referendum was “reversible”.

Zusammen mit … The close relationship formed between Blair and the Saudi regime is in sharp contrast to his successor as Labour leader. All rights reserved. To inquire about a licence to reproduce material, visit our Syndication site.

For other inquiries, Contact Us. The Sun website is regulated by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). The Tony Blair Institute (TBI), an organisation set up by the former British prime minister, has revealed, in accounts released Wednesday, that it received financial donations from Saudi Arabia. To see all content on The Sun, please use the Site Map. They took place as Mr Blair, 66, publicly lobbied for a second referendum on Brexit, insisting that leaving the EU would be disastrous for Britain. SRMG had been chaired by Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed al Farhan, now Saudi Arabia’s culture minister. In emails seen by The Telegraph, Mr Blair’s staff explained that the institute wanted to “explore opportunities to ­receive financial support” and said Mr Blair had “unique” connections with leaders of developing countries. ARCH Remainer Tony Blair held talks with the European Commission to fund his not for profit institute while campaigning against Brexit. Timeline | Tony Blair's business deals after leaving office, Politics latest news: London facing 'difficult winter ahead', says Sadiq Khan, as capital is put into tier 2, Andrea Jenkyns reveals friend she spoke of in Commons was former guitarist in her band '7AM', EU leaders could hold emergency Brexit summit in November, Covid shielding: The latest government advice for vulnerable people, explained, Boris Johnson dubbed Theresa May a 'silly cow' during water cannon row, Rishi Sunak: New Covid lockdown would inflict terrible harm, Consultants paid 'equivalent of £1.5 million' salary for work on test and trace system, Nicola Sturgeon examining Wales-style cross-border travel ban if Boris Johnson refuses to act, Manchester and Lancashire heading towards top-tier lockdown restrictions, SNP claims independence now Scots' 'settled will' after poll shows support rising to 58 per cent, Boris Johnson will delay decision on quitting Brexit trade talks, Spies face block on licence to kill under cross-party plan, Dominic Cummings must start to pay council tax on Durham lockdown bolthole, Wales will put police on border to stop people from lockdown areas visiting, Boris Johnson defends three-tier system - but won't rule out circuit breaker. Tony Blair is the sole owner and Executive Chairman of the Institute, and, as set out in the Articles of Association, he receives no remuneration for his work at TBI, to which he devotes at least 80% of his time. As a matter of fact we have not yet submitted a formal application, so no funding has been received.”, The spokesman added: “The idea there is a connection with Mr Blair’s opposition to Brexit is absurd.”. Posting a picture on Twitter of the pair shaking hands in front of the EU flag, Mr Mimica declared that he and Mr Blair had had an “excellent discussion” on how to improve governance in Africa, where the former prime minister’s efforts have been focused for some years. “At a request of [the office of] Mimica, yesterday I participate[d] in a meeting with the Tony Blair Institute of Global Change, chaired by Ana Gallo,” wrote the unnamed official. Blair faced criticism this week for meeting with far-right Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who recently announced plans to create a register of Italy’s Roma and Sinti inhabitants. TBI insist they are “committed to working for modernisation and reform” of Saudi Arabia, and claim no money goes directly to the controversial former PM, who they say, works for his institution without a salary.

I wanted to follow up with you on the proposal for us collaborating with the EU on effective government, policy dialogues and the economic agenda.”, Mr Blair said that, following meetings between his team and Commission officials, “Ethiopia and Uzbekistan have emerged as priorities for us to focus on right now.”, He continued: “Based on our teams’ discussions, there seems to be alignment between the EU’s strategic priorities and the institute’s work in Africa and Asia in many areas.”.

The memo of the July 2018 discussion notes that some countries pay TBI directly for its work, but the institute also receives “financial contributions” from charities and the US government. 679215 Registered office: 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF. The rest is spent on several lucrative business roles - including chairing the JP Morgan International Council and sitting on the advisory panel of the Southern Gas Corridor pipeline. The institute insisted all meetings had been properly declared in the Commission’s transparency register. He set up the Institute to support leaders and governments, and he draws on his deep crisis management experience from his time in government and work with African countries during the Ebola crisis to drive the Institute’s response to Covid-19. Emails seen by The Sunday Telegraph reveal he held talks with Neven Mimica, an EU commissioner, and Ana Gallo-Alvarez, who previously worked with Mr Blair when he was Middle East envoy. Mr Blair’s efforts to secure EU support for his institute are set out in a cache of emails obtained by The Sunday Telegraph. We do this by helping countries, their people and their governments address some of … The article quotes a spokesperson saying while the Institute was under no duty to disclose donors or donations they confirmed receiving a donation from Media Investment Ltd, a subsidiary of the Saudi Research and Marketing Groupregistered in Guernsey, to fund their work for modernisation and re…