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Government Officials and Leading European Scholars to Discuss the Upcoming Englargment of the European Union

A two-day conference, held April 23-24, 2004, to focus on the latest developments in the European Union

The historic enlargement of “a Europe of 15” to “a Europe of 25” will change the character of the Union.

The UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies will present a two-day conference on the new enlargement of the European Union, set to take place on May 1, 2004.   The conference will explore how the historic enlargement of  “a Europe of 15” to “a Europe of 25” will change the character of the Union, focusing on the following sets of issues:

First, What are the likely new features of the Union? Will a successful cohesion policy “assimilate” the new members in a historically short period of time, or will a two-tiered system emerge? What are the economic, political, and social differences between the old and new member countries? What types of cohesion policies are required for a relatively rapid catching-up process of the new members with the old ones, for example in terms of agricultural policy? Will there be homogenization or polarization in new European Union?

Another set of questions arises from the global economy and the evolving international system. In the short term, is the conflict between Europe and the United States over the Iraq war an episode or a milestone in the formation of a new world order? In the long term, what is Europe’s role as an economic superpower, both today and in the future? How will Europe address the issue of immigration? What are the likely next steps in European integration: the further expansion of the Euro-zone; a common foreign policy, or a common military force?

All these questions will be discussed in four half-day sessions with the participation of American, French, German, Polish, Hungarian, and Slovene experts. In addition to these leading scholars, the ambassadors from the respective countries will be invited, and leading European Union politicians will act as keynote speakers to present official standpoints.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Delegation of the European Commission to the United States, and the Goethe-Institut, Los Angeles, with the cooperation of the European American Business Association.

The New European Union:
An International Conference
April 23-24, 2004
UCLA Faculty Center
California Room

Co-sponsored by the Delegation of the European Commission to the United States
and the Goethe-Institut, Los Angeles,
with the cooperation of the European American Business Association

Friday, April 23

9:00am: Opening Remarks

"The EU in a Globalized World" - Geoffrey Garrett, Vice-Provost International Institute

First session 9:30am - 12:00noon

“The EU - an Economic Superpower” - Ivan T. Berend, UCLA History

“The Euro After Enlargement" - Benjamin J. Cohen, Political Science, UCSB 

“European Security and Defense in the Enlarged European Union” - Ramiro Cibrián, EU Visiting Scholar at the University of Southern California and former EU Ambassador the Czech Republic

12:00-1:30 pm: Lunch (Sequoia Room)

Keynote Speaker: German Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger - "The US and the New EU after Enlargement"

Second Session 2:00pm - 4:00pm

"From 'special case' to 'common good': New challenges to the EU's farm policy" - Ann-Christina Lauring Knudsen, UCLA History

“The EU and the USA - Towards a New World Order?” - Ron Rogowski, UCLA Political Science 

Saturday, April 24

Third Session 9:00am - 12:00 noon

“Economic Gaps Between the 10 and 15: the Economic Preparedness of the New Member Countries" - András Vértes, President, GKI Economic Research Co., Ltd.

“Social Preparedness of the New Member Countries, especially of the Ex-Soviet Block Countries, particularly Hungary” - Erzsebet Szalai, Sociologist, Institute of Political Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Researcher (Scientific Advisor)
“Europeanization of National Administrations: the case of Central and Eastern Europe” -
Bojan Bugaric, University of Ljubljana, Law

12:00-1:30 pm: Lunch (Sequoia Room)

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Erhard Busek, former Vice Chancellor of Austria and Special Coordinator of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe since 2002

Fourth Session: 2:00pm - 4:00pm

"Accession of the Baltic States to the European Union" - Heather Conley, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs

“Russia and the New Europe” - Stephen Hanson, University of Washington, Political Science; Director, Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies Center 

Closing Remarks
Ivan T. Berend, Director of the Center for European and Eurasian Studies

Center for European and Eurasian Studies