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International conference "From the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989 to the Enlargement of the European Union in 2004" The news: Commissioners Ján Figel' and Olli Rehn will speak at the conference "From the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989 to the Enlargement of the EU in 2004 ­ the Role of Civil Society and the Idea of Europe in Democratic Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe". The conference is organised by the European Commission's Directorates General for Education and Culture and for Enlargement, together with the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The 500 invited participants include civil society representatives, politicians, diplomats, academics and media from the EU Member States as well as from the Candidate and Potential Candidate Countries. The background: The year 2009 marks a historic double-anniversary. 20 years ago, we saw the Berlin Wall come down and the Iron Curtain crumble. In May this year, we celebrate the 5th anniversary of the EU enlargement that successfully reunified Eastern and Western Europe. The conference will take place on the day of the 5th anniversary of the 2004 enlargement. It will look back on the historical events of 1989 and highlight their impact on the European integration process. The high-level panel debates of the conference will focus among others on the role of the EU enlargement in the reunification of Europe, the restoration of democracy in Europe after the fall of the Iron Curtain and the importance of civil society for the functioning of democracies. The event: The conference will be held at the Prague Congress Centre in the Czech Republic from 08:45 to 17.00. The address of the venue is 5.kvtna 65, Prague 4. The conference will be opened by Commissioner Ján Figel' and the Czech Deputy Prime Minister Alexandr Vondra. The opening will be followed by a special panel debate with Commissioner Olli Rehn on "The Role of the EU Enlargement in the Unification of Europe ­ Reflections on the Past and Perspectives for the Future". Other high-level speakers: the Czech Foreign Minister Mr Karel Schwarzenberg, the former President of Lithuania Mr Vytautas Landsbergis and the Secretary-General of the Regional Cooperation Council (South East Europe) Mr Hido Biscevi. Commissioners Rehn and Figel' will hold a press conference at 11:30. The conference is for invitees only. Interested media should contact Ms Suvi Juvonen, +32 2 29 67250 or suvi.juvonen@ec.europa.eu by 24 April at the latest. Covered by EbS The sources: European Commission's website "Five years of an enlarged EU": http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/5years/index_en.htm I-053850 Enlargement 01/05/2004 - 01/05/2007: "best of" landscapes, historical buildings and principal activities of each of the 10 countries came into EU in 2004. The contacts: Krisztina Nagy +32 2 29 88663 krisztina.nagy@ec.europa.eu Anna-Kaisa Itkonen +32 2 29 93849 anna-kaisa.itkonen@ec.europa.eu John MacDonald +32 498 983 729 John.Macdonald@ec.europa.eu 18 Document Outline þÿ þÿ þÿ þÿ þÿ þÿ þÿ þÿ þÿ þÿ þÿ þÿ þÿ þÿ þÿ

Praag, Tsjechië
© Anton Bussemaker
datum 1 mei 2009
plaats Praag, Tjechie
aanwezigen J. (Ján) Figel', O.I. (Olli) Rehn e.a.
organisatie Europese Commissie (EC)

Commissioners Ján Figel' and Olli Rehn will speak at the conference "From the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989 to the Enlargement of the EU in 2004 ­ the Role of Civil Society and the Idea of Europe in Democratic Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe". The conference is organised by the European Commission's Directorates General for Education and Culture and for Enlargement, together with the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The 500 invited participants include civil society representatives, politicians, diplomats, academics and media from the EU Member States as well as from the Candidate and Potential Candidate Countries.

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Achtergrond

The year 2009 marks a historic double-anniversary. 20 years ago, we saw the Berlin Wall come down and the Iron Curtain crumble. In May this year, we celebrate the 5th anniversary of the EU enlargement that successfully reunified Eastern and Western Europe.

The conference will take place on the day of the 5th anniversary of the 2004 enlargement. It will look back on the historical events of 1989 and highlight their impact on the European integration process. The high-level panel debates of the conference will focus among others on the role of the EU enlargement in the reunification of Europe, the restoration of democracy in Europe after the fall of the Iron Curtain and the importance of civil society for the functioning of democracies.

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Bijeenkomst

The conference will be held at the Prague Congress Centre in the Czech Republic from 08:45 to 17.00. The address of the venue is 5.kvtna 65, Prague 4.

The conference will be opened by Commissioner Ján Figel' and the Czech Deputy Prime Minister Alexandr Vondra. The opening will be followed by a special panel debate with Commissioner Olli Rehn on "The Role of the EU Enlargement in the Unification of Europe ­ Reflections on the Past and Perspectives for the Future".

Other high-level speakers: the Czech Foreign Minister Mr Karel Schwarzenberg, the former President of Lithuania Mr Vytautas Landsbergis and the Secretary-General of the Regional Cooperation Council (South East Europe) Mr Hido Biscevi.

Commissioners Rehn and Figel' will hold a press conference at 11:30.

The conference is for invitees only. Interested media should contact Ms Suvi Juvonen, +32 2 29 67250 or suvi.juvonen@ec.europa.eu by 24 April at the latest.

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Bronnen

European Commission's website "Five years of an enlarged EU": http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/5years/index_en.htm

I-053850 Enlargement 01/05/2004 - 01/05/2007: "best of" landscapes, historical

buildings and principal activities of each of the 10 countries came into EU in 2004.

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Perscontacten

Krisztina Nagy

+32 2 29 88663 krisztina.nagy@ec.europa.eu

Anna-Kaisa Itkonen

+32 2 29 93849 anna-kaisa.itkonen@ec.europa.eu

John MacDonald

+32 498 983 729 John.Macdonald@ec.europa.eu

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Europese Commissie (EC)

Deze instelling van de Europese Unie kan worden beschouwd als het 'dagelijks bestuur' van de EU. De leden van de Europese Commissie worden 'eurocommissarissen' genoemd. Elke eurocommissaris is verantwoordelijk voor één of meerdere beleidsgebieden. Momenteel zijn er 28 eurocommissarissen, voor elke lidstaat één. Samen vormen zij het college van eurocommissarissen. De eurocommissarissen moeten het belang van de Europese Unie als geheel behartigen, niet dat van hun eigen land.

De Europese Commissie mag als enige EU-instelling wetsvoorstellen indienen; zij heeft het zogenaamde recht van initatief. Daarnaast controleert de Commissie of de Europese wetgeving juist wordt toegepast in de lidstaten, onderhandelt zij in internationale organisaties als de Wereldhandelsorganisatie (WTO) over de handel van de Unie met het 'buitenland' en is zij verantwoordelijk voor het beheer van de Europese begroting van ongeveer 140 miljard euro per jaar.

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