The University American College Skopje (UACS), in cooperation with Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Macedonia, successfully organized the Seventh Annual International Conference on European Integration entitled "Europe 2020: Towards Innovative and Inclusive Union", which was held at the Holiday Inn hotel in Skopje on the 17th of May, 2012.
For the official opening of the conference, the auditorium was addressed by Mr. Nikola Popovski, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia, and H.E. Mr. Jean Claude Schlumberger, Ambassador of France to Macedonia. Official speakers at the opening of the conference consisted of Dr. Matthias Kollatz-Ahnen, Vice-president of the European Investment Bank (EIB), and Dr. Corina Stratulat from the European Policy Centre in Brussels.
The goal of this year's International Conference on European Integration was to analyze the different components of European political and institutional architecture in search for sustainable solutions to the current fundamental challenges of the European Union. The issues are particularly important at a time when the European Union takes series of important policy measures. Based on the previous six years of experience in organizing academic conferences, we managed to create an atmosphere of intense dialogue on common European future.
About 40 scholars and professionals from 13 countries gathered to exchange ideas about the latest European trends and offer solutions to many challenges in different areas, such as politics, economics, business, culture and education. Twenty academic papers were presented, divided into two parallel sessions. Besides participants from Macedonia, there were speakers and guests from the USA, UK, Germany, Belgium, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia, Montenegro, Serbia and Bulgaria. Also, more than 220 guests attended - ambassadors, professors, scholars and students. For more information visit the official conference website at www.uacs.edu.mk/conference.