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EU Expansion - three years later

The Impact of the European Union on Central Europe Challenges and Opportunities of the 2004 Accession Decision

Wednesday, April 18, 2007
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Korn Convocation Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

This first part of an EU symposium series will focus on the mutual economic, political and social impacts of the accession and integration of the Central European countries into the European Union. The decision of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary to join the EU was historically momentous, full of promise and somewhat uncertain in expected outcomes. Now, three years later the integration of these countries into the EU can be viewed as generally successful and still quite promising.

Opening Welcome:

  • Dean Judy Olian, Dean of the UCLA Anderson School
  • Dr. Robert Spich, UCLA Anderson School of Management, director of Anderson CIBER

Keynote speakers:

  • Hannele Tikkanen, Trade Counselor, European Commission in Washington
  • Rockwell Schnabel, former US Ambassador to EC in Brussels


  • Dr. Ivan Berend, UCLA, History Faculty


  • Hungary, Miklos Merenyi, State Secretary at the Ministry of Economy and Transport 
  • Poland, Jerzy Kwieciñski, Deputy Minister of Regional Development
  • Slovakia, Ol'ga Algayerová, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Expert on Economic Relations
  • Czech Republic, Daniel Kumermann, Consul General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles 
  • Discussion will focus on 3 years experience of Central European countries in European Union structures, summarizing first results of 2004 Enlargement.


  • Keynote speaker Ph.D. Nicholas Cull - USC Center on Public Diplomacy
    "European Union and Public Diplomacy"


Buffet: Hors d'oeuvres

Cost : Free

Jim Robbins

Sponsor(s): Center for European and Eurasian Studies, UCLA Anderson School of Management, University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy, European Commission Delegation in Washington, Consulate General of Czech Republic, Consulate General of the Republic of Hungary, Consulate General of Republic of Poland, Consulate General of the Slovak Republic

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