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Europe Day: Celebrating 15 Years EU Enlargement

woensdag, 16 oktober, 2019 - 11:00 to woensdag, 16 oktober, 2019 - 19:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Building D - ground floor and 1st floor
D.2.01 Promotiezaal
thematic day

Europe Day 2019EUROPE DAY 2019: Celebrating 15 Years EU Enlargement

On Wednesday 16 October 2019 the VUB International Relations office in collaboration with the Institute of European Studies at VUB (IES) will organise its first Europe Day and this year's focus will be on the 15th anniversary of the EU's biggest enlargement in 2004 when 10 additional countries joined the European Union: Cyprus, Malta, Czech Republic, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. 

The day will start at 11 o'clock with a fair in building D with stands from the embassies of the countries in question and cultural organisations with some food/drink corners. The idea is also to look a bit deeper into the options the VUB has with educational institutions there in terms of student exchange, staff mobility and internships. At 3pm we start with an academic session in the 'promotiezaal' (D.2.01), entitled, "15 years after the Eastern enlargement, are we growing together or moving apart?", and we will conclude with drinks at 5pm in building D. 

We'll also be organising some Language Try-outs for Czech and Hungarian. If you've ever wondered how these two languages sound, and whether they truly are as difficult as they seem, judging by their spelling, then come along for some fun, free of charge, and engaging language try-outs. All information is available on the Facebook Event - no registration is required but we'd ask you indicate 'going' if you are planning to attend so we can gauge numbers (for the room)!

Academic Panel Discussion: The panel discussion will look at this milestone event in the history of the European integration project, which at the time generated a feeling of a 'reunited' Europe. The enlargement has resulted in closer socio-economic ties between Eastern and Western Europe. In the educational sector specifically, Eastern Europeans now make up some 20% of all Erasmus students at the VUB, and the numbers at other Belgian universities are comparable. However, 15 years later the relationship has also become more complicated with some member states struggling to overcome their differences e.g. on issues like asylum seekers, and guaranteeing the independence of democratic watchdogs (courts and media). The panel will therefore ask: 15 years after the enlargement, are we growing together or moving apart? 

=> Get involved in the debate! Send in a question you would like like to ask the panel members & join the event to find out what they have to say! Send in your question with your registration form below! 


11:00-15:00 : Fair in Building D with stands from embassies and cultural organisations


=>15:00 Welcome & Introduction

  • Prof Alexander Mattelaer, Vice Dean Research, Institute for European Studies at VUB
  • Dr Rado Genorio, Ambassador of Slovenia to the Kingdom of Belgium

=>15:20-17:00 Panel Discussion

  • Ms Kamila Partyka, Policy Officer Innovation, International Cooperation & Sport, European Commission
  • Prof Gergana Noutcheva, Associate Professor International Relations, University of Maastricht (the Netherlands)
  • Prof Amandine Crespy, Associate Professor Political Science, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)
  • Dr Rafał Szmytka, Erasmus+ Coordinator, Jagiellonian University (UJ) (Kraków, Poland)
  • Chair: Prof Florian Trauner, Jean Monnet Chair, Institute of European Studies at VUB

17:00 DRINKS!

Attendance is free but please register below for the Academic Panel and the drinks

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