Past Program

Jun 29 - Jul 04, 2005

The European Union: Challenges of Integration and Expansion


The last fifteen years have been a period of extraordinary consequence for Europe-and yet the coming decade has the potential to rival it in terms of historical importance. The central question of the years ahead is whether the extraordinary growth and maturation of the European Union will continue, or whether the processes of European integration and expansion will be arrested-and, perhaps even in some important ways, reversed.

The purpose of this session of the Salzburg Seminar is to consider broadly the future of Europe, and the extent to which Europeans will continue to move in the direction of an "ever closer Union." The session will focus specifically on three key issue areas:

  1. the euro-zone and its economic impact within the union and among the neighboring states
  2. the European constitution and the political dynamics surrounding the ratification process
  3. the continued enlargement of the union, especially in relation to the prospects and implications of Turkish accession.

Participants will deal in-depth with one of these issues in a working group dedicated to that subject. But the session is broadly designed to foster discussion across narrow lines of specialization, by examining the complex interrelationship between politics, economics, and social issues in how Europeans come to accept, or reject, further expansion and integration.

The fee for this session is 3,000 EURO. The fee covers the cost of the program, accommodations, and meals.

Limited financial aid is available and is awarded based on need. Applicants who believe they qualify for assistance should explain their circumstances in a letter, which should be submitted with their application.

NOTE: Offered in association with the Center for International Legal Studies (CILS), this conference is recognized by the Law Society of England and Wales, the General Council of the Bar of England and Wales, and the Netherlands Bar for Continuing Professional Development Credit (CPD), the states of New York, California, and Colorado under the approved jurisdictions rule, as well as West Virginia, New Hampshire and South Carolina for Continuing Legal Education Credit (CLE).

In addition, due to CILS' recognized sponsorship with the above states, lawyers from the following jurisdictions will qualify for CLE credits: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington State, Wisconsin, and Wyoming and Hong Kong. There is an additional fee of EUR170 to register for CLE credit.