First International Conference on the Future of Europe

JUNE 6-7, 2003, Athens, Greece


Organized by the





VENUE: European Parliament Office in Athens, 8 Amalias Street




Friday June 6, 2003


08:00-08:30  Registration (European Parliament Office in Athens, 8 Amalias Street)

08:30-08:35 Welcome and Opening Remarks by
Dr. Charalambos Tsardanidis, Director, IIER
Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, Director, ATINER

08:35-10:00  SESSION I  

 Chairperson: Tsardanidis, C., Director, IIER, Greece.

1.    Rummel, R., Deputy Head, SWP-CPA, Germany. The EU25’s Foreign and Security Policy in a Globalized World.

2.    Sztumski, W., Professor, Silesian University, Poland. Are we Ready for the Integration?

3.    Luo, C-M., PhD Candidate, University of East Anglia, U.K. Promotion or Demotion for the Economic Sovereignty? The E.M.U. Membership in an Age of Globalization.


10:00-12:00 SESSION II

Chairperson: Rummel, R., Deputy Head, SWP-CPA, Germany.


1.    Janackova, H., Senior Lecturer, VSB Technical University Ostrava, Czech Republic & Zemankova, I., PhD Candidate, VSB Technical University Ostrava, Czech Republic. Real Estate Investment Decision-making Process and the Impact of E.U. Enlargement.

2.    Talani, L., Lecturer, University of Bath, U.K., London School of Economics, U.K. Globalisation and Regionalisation: European Migratory Policy and Illegal Migration from the MENA Area: the Theoretical Context.

3.   Spampinato, D., Researcher, University of Catania, Italy, Mazzulo, R., University of Catania, Italy. The Impact of E.U. Enlargement in Mediterranean Area. The Sicily Case.


12:00 – 14:00 SESSION III

Chairperson: Talani, L., Assistant Professor, University of Bath, U.K.

1.      Gilarek, K., Professor, Jagiellonian University, Poland. On the Eve of the European Integration: the Future of Polish State is Far from Certain

2.      Sillanpaa, L.,. Docent, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland. EU Enlargement and Political Marginalization. The Impact of Economic Development on the Traditional Livelihood of the Indigenous Minorities of Northern Russia.

14:00-16:00 LUNCH ( Delfi Restaurant, 13 Nikis str. )



16:00 – 18:00 SESSION IV

Chairperson: Passaris, C.E.,  Professor, University of New Brunswick, Canada.


1.      Belke, A., Professor, University of Hohenheim, Germany & Setzer, R., Dipl. Oec., University of Hohenheim, Germany. The Costs of Exchange Rate Volatility for Labor Markets: Some Empirical Evidence from the CEE Economies.

2.      Erkkila, L., Ph.D. Researcher, Helsinki School of Economics, Finland & Seristo, H., Professor, Helsinki School of Economics, Finland. The Impact of EMU Membership and Euro Currency on Business –Experiences of Finnish Firms.

3.      Sterzynski, M., Professor, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium & University of Economics in Poznan, Poland. Liberalization and Deregulation on the Single Insurance Market of the European Union.

4.      Szegner, H.D., Lecturer, Berzsenyi Daniel College, Hungary. Sport Structure in the E.U.


21:00 DINNER - GREEK NIGHT (Tavern STAMATOPOULOS, 26 Lissiou Street, PLAKA, Tel.: 210 3228722)


 Saturday June 7, 2003

09:00-11:00  SESSION V

Chairperson: Papanikos G.T., ATINER, Greece.


1.      Eschenbach, F., Ph.D. Student, Tinbergen Institute Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Financial Sector Competition, Services Trade and Growth.

2.      Khodavaisi, H., Ph.D. Candidate, University of Exeter, U.K. Commodity Taxation and International Trade under the Imperfect Competition: Cournot and Bertrand.

3.      Kim, H., Research Fellow, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy, Korea. Implications of E.U. Enlargement for Trade and Investment: from an East Asian Viewpoint.

4.       Sokolowski, J., Ph. D. Candidate, University of Heidelberg, Germany. What Direction will the Company Law in Europe Take? Recent Developments and Future Possibilities.


11:00-13:00  SESSION VI

Chairperson: Sdogati, F., Professor, Politecnico di Milano, Italy.


1.      Christou, G., University of Manchester, U.K. The Accession Process as a Catalyst to a Solution of the Cyprus Issue.

2.      Lindstrom, M., Researcher, The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy, Finland. Finnish Companies International Business Operations in the Baltic Sea Region: Locational Sources of Competitiveness.

3.      Fisher, J., President of Educology Research Associates, USA. Towards an Ecologically Oriented Philosophy of Educology for Future Challenges of the Globalization of Europe and the World.

4.       Albi, A., Lecturer, University of Kent at Canterbury, U.K. Referendums in Eastern Europe: Impact on E.U. Treaty Amendment Procedure.


13:00-15:00 SESSION VII

Chairperson: Christou, G., Professor, University of Manchester, U.K.

 1.      Langer, J., Professor, University of Klagenfurt, Austria. Globalisation and Democracy – Deteriorating the Environment of Business? The Case of the European Union.

2.       Passaris, C.E.,  Professor, University of New Brunswick, Canada. The Business of Globalization and the Globalization of Business.

3.      Sdogati, F., Professor, Politecnico di Milano, Italy. E.U. Enlargement to the East: from Trade to production Integration for Growth, Competitiveness and Welfare.


15:00-16:30 LUNCH ( Delfi Restaurant , 13 Nikis str. )

21:00 DINNER (Rozalia, 58 Valtetsiou str., Exarcheia Square)