17th Annual European Union Day: November 9, 2018


“State of the European Union” Keynote Address


delivered by His Excellency David O’Sullivan,
Ambassador of the European Union to the United States
Ambassador David O’Sullivan’s bio


Friday, November 9, 2018
10:30 am
300 Lecture Hall on the 3rd floor, Levis Faculty Center, 919 W Illinois St, Urbana, IL 61801 (map)
The European Union Center will host a reception at 10 am, followed by the keynote at 10:30 am.


The European Union Center is pleased to announce its 17th annual European Union Day on November 9, 2018.


This year, the annual EU Day will be celebrated as part of the European Union Center’s 20th Anniversary and on the day of the 130th birthday of Jean Monnet, one of the founding fathers of the EU who is known and celebrated as “the unifying force behind the birth of the European Union.”


We are delighted that we will be welcoming His Excellency David O’Sullivan, Ambassador of the European Union to the United States, back to the University of Illinois campus to deliver the “State of the European Union” address and to mark this very special occasion.


European Union Day at the University of Illinois is a celebration of transatlantic relations and strives to promote a better understanding between the peoples of the United States and the European Union. The highlight of the celebration is the “State of the European Union Address.”


EU Day is open to the public and provides our citizens with the opportunity to learn about the importance of the European Union to the United States and its role in promoting international relations. Invited guests and dignitaries will include members of the Diplomatic Corps from Washington, DC, members of the Consular Corps from Chicago, business leaders, state and local government officials, and faculty and students from universities and high schools throughout Illinois.


This year’s EU Day will also feature a timely roundtable on:


Elections and US-EU Relations: A Comparative Look at the Elections to the US Congress and the European Parliament and Implications for Transatlantic Relations


November 9, 2018
3:00-4:30 pm
300 Lecture Hall on the 3rd Floor, Levis Faculty Center, 919 W Illinois St, Urbana, IL 61801 (map)


Xinyuan Dai,
 Political Science, University of Illinois
Brian Gaines, Political Science, University of Illinois (invited)
Konstantinos Kourtikakis, Political Science, University of Illinois
Carl Niekerk, Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Illinois
Bob Van Den Bos, former Member of the European Parliament (MEP)
Moderator: William Bernhard, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs; Political Science, University of Illinois (invited)


followed by reception at 4:30 pm, featuring entertainment by one of our talented alums, Ms. Lauren Turk.
Location for the reception: Outside of 210 Conference Room on the 2nd Floor, Levis Faculty Center, 919 W Illinois St, Urbana

The EUC’s promotional video for EU Day can be viewed below or on Youtube.

View photos from past EU Days:


Past EU Days:


2017 October | 2017 March20162015 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2009

The EU Center is a National Resource Center funded through the US Department of Education’s Title VI Grant and a Jean Monnet Center of Excellence funded through the European Union.


The EU Day events (“State of the EU” Keynote Address and the Roundtable) are funded in part by a US Department of Education Title VI grant and a Jean Monnet Center for Excellence grant from the European Union.


This year’s very special EU Day is also part of the EUC’s 20th Anniversary Celebrations. For further information, please visit “EUC Turns 20” webpage.




Former MEP Dr. Bob Van Den Bos’ visit is made possible by the European Parliament Former Members Association’s “EP to Campus” program and Candriam.