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European Union Day
to focus on post-Sept. 11 world
Mitchell, News Editor
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Interrelated
issues facing the United States and the European Union since Sept. 11
will be the focus of this years European Union Day activities
on April 3 at the University of Illinois.
The annual event, hosted by the UI's European Union Center and International
Programs and Studies, is intended to bring noted European leaders to
campus to interact with faculty members, students and the public in
an effort to promote understanding about the European Union and its
relations with the United States.
A treaty-based institutional framework for the construction of a unified
Europe, the European Union comprises 15 nations: Austria, Belgium, Denmark,
Germany, Greece, Spain, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg,
the Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
The focal point of E.U. Day at the UI is the state of the European Union
address, which this year will be given by John B. Richardson, ambassador
of the European Union to the United Nations. Richardsons talk,
which is free and open to the public, is to begin at 11 a.m. in Illini
Rooms A, B and C of the Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., Urbana. His
main topic of discussion will be the role that the European Union has
played in regional and world security as well as its challenges in the
years to come.
Before being assigned to his current post, Richardson had been Minister
and Deputy Head of the European Commissions delegation in Washington,
D.C., since 1996. Prior to that, he held various posts over the course
of 23 years at E.U. headquarters in Brussels, where much of his professional
career has been devoted to the cause of European integration.
Richardson began his career with the European Commission by working
on economic aspects of environmental policy. In subsequent posts, he
tackled issues related to international energy policy, relations with
the Gulf States, and external aspects of the European Unions Single
Market. From 1983-89, he worked on international trade in services,
for which he was E.U. negotiator in the Uruguay Round. In 1989, Richardson
became head of the division for relations with the United States, then
in 1993, for relations with Japan.
Following Richardsons address and a private luncheon, the UI's
E.U. Day will continue with two workshop sessions, also free and open
to the public. The first, on "The Coalition Against Terrorism:
U.S.-E.U. Cooperation," in Illini Union Rooms 405 and 406, will
run from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The workshop will be chaired by Edward A. Kolodziej,
professor emeritus of political science. Also participating will be
Jeremiah D. Sullivan, head and professor of physics; UI mathematics
professor Julian Palmore; and Glyn Ford, member of the European Parliament.
From 3:45 to 5:15 p.m., a workshop on "Global Security and Arms
Control: The European Role," will be held at the same location.
The chair of that workshop will be Clifford E. Singer, professor of
nuclear, plasma and radiological engineering, and director of the Program
in Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security. Participants
will include Sullivan; Col. David LaRivee, ACDISs U.S. Air Force
National Defense Fellow; and Malcolm Savidge, a member of the British
The UIs E.U. Center, directed by urban and regional planning professor
Kieran Donaghy, is one of 10 established at U.S. universities and funded
by an initial grant from the European Union in 1998. The center was
awarded a new three-year grant in 2001, and was among 15 such centers
funded during that period.
At the UI, the center is administered by IPS and includes faculty members
from the colleges of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences;
Commerce and Business Administration; Communications; Engineering; Fine
and Applied Arts; Law; and Liberal Arts and Sciences.