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The European Academy's Summer School 1999
"Trans-national Regionalism and Minority Protection in Europe. A challenge
for Eastern Enlargement?"
I. Aim and contents:
Minority Protection, Crossborder Co-operation and Eastern
each of these three catch-words stands for a political development
which might change the face of Europe as we perceived it up to now. The
trend towards regionalisation and trans-national co-operation and the
growing public perception of the minority-conflict's destructive potential
relate in many and diverse contexts to the main project of the European
Union - its enlargement towards the East. The main objective of this
innovative and ambitious Summer School is to elaborate this different
Both the European Council in the criteria of Copenhagen and the
Commission in its recent reports emphasise the striking significance of
resolving minority problems for the further Eastern Enlargement of the
European Union. Minority protection is becoming an European issue and
determines important decisions on the European level. On the other hand
regional trans-border co-operation is an important mean for integrating the
economies of East-Central Europe into the internal market, thereby
pro-viding welfare-creating effects in the East and offering the opportunity
to overcome the economic division between Western and East-Central Europe.
The border-crossing areas have also the potential to settle minority
conflicts in a positive and peaceful way and contribute, thus, to the
consolidation of political stability in the Eastern part of Europe.
Taking into account these new circumstances it seems to be very
crucial to create forums where researchers, experts, political and
administrative figures and representatives of minorities originating from
Eastern and Western Europe come together and discuss these most current
issues. Be-cause of its history and geographical location, South Tyrol has a
leading role to play in questions relating to the protection of minorities
and to forms of trans-border co-operation. For that the research institute
European Academy of Bolzano/Bozen offers an ideal background for pro-viding
a legal and practical training on the issues headed by this Summer School.
The European Academy's Summer School 1999 represents a forum which aspires
to foster a multidisciplinary East-West dialogue on the developments of
regionalism, minority protection and Eastern Enlargement. Through a
combination of theory and practice in seminars and excursions, models and
possibilities for the future EU-Enlargement are discussed.
II. Structure and course:
The Summer School 1999 is organised as follows:
* Lectures by international experts examine the international legal
standards of minority protection, the work of the Council of Europe in this
field and the different constitutional settings in the member and the
applicant states. Furthermore, the role of the European Union and the
Community Law concerning the legal protection of minorities will be examined
* Round tables with politicians, researchers, civil servants and
officials of the European Commission show the broader framework of the
problems associated with the process of the Eastern Enlargement.
* Workshops such as "The Styrian Automobile-Cluster" as an example for
trade-cooperation between industries within the EU and applicant countries
(Austria, Slovenia, Hungary) provide both theoretical and practical insights
into the inner-workings of trans-border cooperation.
* Visits to local politicians, bilingual legal proceedings and
sessions of the regional parliament gives a lively example of how a
minority-system like that of the autonomous region S�dtirol/Alto-Adige
works. Participants have the opportunity to discuss with internationally
recognised experts from Western and Eastern Europe whether this system may
give some guide-lines for resolving the eminent minority problems in CEEC.
* Excursions to several state institutions, enterprises, local
authorities and chambers of commerce in the Euregio Trentino/North-/South
Tyrol illustrate the problems and benefits in establishing and maintaining
regional trans-border co-operation.
III. Who can join the Summer School 1999?
We invite civil servants, qualified students and representatives of
minorities to apply for our Summer School. The staff of local and national
governments in the CEEC play the key role in adapting their countries to
Western standards thereby providing the circumstances for a successful
enlargement of the European Union.
Students in their last year of university showing good credits may
use the Summer School as a possibility for multisciplinary specialisation in
the field of regional economies, the legal, political and sociological -
background of minority protection as well as in the field of Eastern
Representatives of minorities may gain from this Summer School the
legal background of minority protection in Europe, its possible further
developments and the role it will play in the near future of European
IV. Information and application:
Please visit our website http://www.eurac.edu <http://www.eurac.edu>
to get to know the European Academy. The section Ethnic Minorities and
regional autonomies established a website (http://www.eurac.edu/summerschool
<http://www.eurac.edu/summerschool> ) where you find general informations,
the programm, a list of our lecturers and the application form for the
Summer School. If you need further information do not hesitate to write an
e-mail to the following e-mail account:
Summerschool@... <mailto:Summerschool@...> . We are also
at your full disposal under the telephon number 0039 0471 306121 (Secretary)
or 0039 0471 306122 (Gabriel Toggenburg).
European Academy Bozen
Tel: +39 0471 306122
Fax: +39 0471 306199
(http://www.eurac.edu <http://www.eurac.edu> )
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