March 15, 2004
Davidson Institute, European Union Center to host forum on union's growth
ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The historic enlargement of the European Union from 15 members to 25 will unite nearly all the people of Europe and create an immense political and economic power.
The unprecedented enlargement, which includes several former Soviet bloc countries, presents both opportunities and challenges to Europe and the United States, especially when it comes to foreign policy and the world economy.
Those significant implications and others will be discussed at a conference, “Politics and Business as Usual? Europe and the U.S. after E.U. Enlargement,” at 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on March 24 in Washington, D.C.
• Will European companies gain a competitive edge over, and take markets away from, U.S. companies as intra-European trade barriers fall?
• Will a united Europe serve to counter-balance U.S. global political and economic power?
• Will foreign direct investments and jobs move from Western to Eastern Europe, in response to the wage differential?
The conference is sponsored by The William Davidson Institute and the European Union Center, both at the University of Michigan. It will be chaired by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who is the distinguished scholar at the Davidson Institute, which is part of the Michigan Business School.
Speakers include: Gunter Burghardt, ambassador for the European Commission to the U.S.; Tom Usher, chairman and CEO of U.S. Steel Corp.; Gary Litman, U.S. Chamber of Commerce's vice president for Europe and Eurasia; U.S. Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Delaware; and U.S. Rep. Henry Hyde, R-Illinois. The conference will be held at the Gold Room, 2168 Rayburn House Office Building, at the intersection of Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street.