Vol. 8.1 March 2004


ANNOUNCEMENT


ENLARGEMENT AND THE FUTURE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION: PARALLEL PATHS OR CROSSROADS?

Having secured the financial support of the European Commission under A-3022, the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands, in cooperation with the European Institute of the University of Ghent, Belgium (both Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence) and the Chair for European Law, Faculty of Law, at the University of Warsaw, Poland, are organising a research seminar in law for young researchers on Enlargement and the Future of the European Union at the University of Warsaw at the beginning of July 2004 (prospective dates: 1-4 July 2004).

The parallel processes of enlargement and constitutionalisation will certainly affect the future of the European Union. On 1 May 2004, ten new Member States (Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, the Slovak Republic and Slovenia) will enter the European Union. It is the single most ambitious project of the European Union so far and the pre-accession strategy will continue for many years to come, notably to take in Bulgaria and Romania in 2007, but also Turkey and potentially a number of other countries of proximity including Croatia and Macedonia. The European Union has also embarked on a further ambitious programme to 'constitutionalise' the Union's structures, which will most probably culminate in a Constitution for Europe.

The aim of the research seminar will be to provide an opportunity to analyse the developments in Future Debate in individual countries more in depth. Ultimately, this research seminar will result in a book publication of the papers presented at the seminar. The primary content of this seminar will comprise the input of young scholars on the main themes and developments in the Debate on the Future of the Union. Those submitting papers will present their findings and opinions before opening their papers to group discussion. Having obtained their degrees in law, the young scholars of this project are likely to bring to the debate perspectives that are more open to further integration, leading to more diversity in the general debate in the new member countries.

Over the three days of this seminar, the following streams will be explored in different panels with paper submissions and discussion:
1. THE ENLARGEMENT AND FUTURE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION (including Pre-accession strategy, Accession treaties and current institutional reforms);
2. THE ENLARGEMENT AND EU'S POLICIES AND PILLARS (Impact of Enlargement on Social Policy, Environment, Health and Consumer Protection, Competition, EMU and Asylum and Migration, etc.)
3. THE FUTURE OF THE UNION AND ITS CONSTITUTIONAL PROCESS (Convention and Draft Constitution)
4. THE EXTERNAL DIMENSION (Enlargement and third counties)

Applications should consist of an abstract of 500 words and a short CV. Applications should be submitted by 15 April 2004 at the latest. Notification of acceptance will be given after 1 May 2004. Travel costs will be reimbursed on the basis of second class flight ticket Apex fare (to be confirmed upon acceptance for participation). Reimbursement will include accommodation and meals. Please send applications and enquiries to Andrea Ott (A.Ott@IR.unimaas.nl).



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