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  • Popplestone, Ann
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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
      and discussed.
      * 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´┐Żdtirol/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
      Weggensteinstrasse 12/a
      I-39100 Bozen/Bolzano
      Tel: +39 0471 306122
      Fax: +39 0471 306199

      (http://www.eurac.edu <http://www.eurac.edu> )
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