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Press Release: Consulate Generals of Germany and Portugal to visit UMass Dartmouth March 13

Consulate Generals of Germany and Portugal to visit UMass Dartmouth March 13

50th anniversary of European Union subject of symposium

Author:  John Hoey
Date:  March 8, 2007
Department:   News & Public Information
Dr. Wolfgang Vorwerk, Consulate General of the Federal Republic of German-Boston; and Dr. Manuela Bairos, Conuslate General of Portugal- Boston; will visit UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday, March 13 and participate in a symposium on the 50th anniversary of the European Union scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at the Claire T. Carney Library Browsing Area.

Germany currently holds the rotating Presidency of the European Union's Council of Ministers and in July that role will shift to Portugal.

"This is a chance for members of the public and campus community to interact directly with two representatives of the member states of the EU," said Political Science Department Chairman Michael Baum. "Given the German Presidency's current efforts to revive the process of approving a Constitution for the EU, the ever-impending question of Turkish membership, the fact the EU is the largest trading partner of the United States and recent troubles in the trans-Atlantic relationship, this event should clearly be of great interest to the community."

The symposium, sponsored by the Department of Political Science, will feature Dr. Vorwerk and Dr. Bairos leading a discussion of key issues, followed by a question and answer session with students, faculty and the public.

At 12:45 p.m., the consulate generals will meet with UMass and German exchange students in the Board Room in the Foster Administration Building.

At 2 p.m., the consulate generals will speak to political science students in Group I-109.





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