18th Annual European Union Day: February 20-21, 2020


“The New Cold War: Liberal Democracy vs. Authoritarianism: Why the EU is today more important than ever before”


Keynote by Wolfgang Moessinger, Consul General of Germany in the Midwest



CG Moessinger will use the recent 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall as a starting point to elaborate on the history of liberal democracies and the need to fight for them. He’ll discuss current threats to democracies, both internationally and within Western societies. He’ll also discuss why the European Union should serve as a model of how to cooperate peacefully on an international level, as well as within democratic societies. Moessinger served as Germany’s consul general in Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine, from 2015-19, and said much of the inspiration for his theme comes from witnessing the Ukrainians’ struggle there against Russian-backed separatists. For more background and relevant library resources, check out the EU Day 2020 lib guide.


EU Day 2020 Schedule of Events 


February 20, 2020 | EU Day of Art

11:30 am – Reception prior to Jupiter Quartet performance

12:15 pm – Jupiter Quartet performance (INVITATION ONLY)

Heritage Room, Funk ACES Library, 1101 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana, IL 61801 (map)

4:00 pm-Poetry Reading by Angie Estes

Illini Union Bookstore, Author’s Corner, 809 S Wright St, Champaign, IL 61820 (map)

February 21, 2020

10:00 am – Welcome Reception

10:30 am – Keynote by Wolfgang Moessinger, Consul General of Germany in the Midwest

Levis Faculty Center, Third Floor, 919 W Illinois Street, Urbana, IL 61801 (map)




Video Recording of the State of the European Union conversation:





Video recording of the 2018 roundtable:

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

View photos from past EU Days:


Past EU Days:


20182017 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 Robert Evans’ visit is made possible by the European Parliament Former Members Association’s “EP to Campus” program and Candriam.