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The Enlargement of the European Union -- What Will It Mean?

On May 17 international experts will gather at UCLA for a conference on the coming expansion of the EU, a move intended to increase European and global stability.

By Vera Wheeler

Europe is in the process of healing from almost half a century of political and economic division between East and West. Intended to increase stability in Europe and the rest of the world, the expansion of the European Union is being considered. Currently negotiations are under way with 13 countries from central and eastern Europe ( Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Turkey) to join the European Union, with the first candidates joining as early as the summer of 2004.

On Friday May 17, a distinguished group of historians, economists, politicians and legal experts will examine the impact and discuss the legal and financial issues of the EU's expansion as well as the US's interest in this endeavor. The Coming Enlargement of the European Union is organized by the UCLA Center for European and Russian Studies, and sponsored by the German Consulate General, Los Angeles/German Information Center, New York, and the Goethe-Institut Inter Nationes, Los Angeles.

The conference is free of charge and open to the public. It will take place at UCLA's Kerckhoff Hall Grand Salon, 8:30 am to 5 pm. Speakers include:

  • Ivan T. Berend, Director of UCLA's Center for European and Russian Studies
  • Kalman Mizsei, Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations
  • Jacek Kochanowicz, Professor of History at the University of Warsaw
  • Daniel Daianu, Professor of economics and Finance, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest
  • Istvan Gyarmati Vice President of the East-West Institute, New York
  • Bojan Bugaric, State Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior of Slovenia
  • Ann-Christina Knudsen, visiting lecturer, UCLA History.
  • Keynote speaker: Ruediger Lentz, Bureau Chief, Deutsche Welle Radio and TV, Washington DC bureau.

For more information please contact (310) 825-4060 or visit the CERS webpage.

Center for European and Eurasian Studies