European Union Center 20th Anniversary


Welcome to the European Union Center’s 20th Anniversary page. Founded in 1998 through the vision and leadership of Professor Emeritus Larry Neal, the European Union Center (EUC) at the University of Illinois has become a comprehensive and nationally recognized center that supports teaching, research, and public outreach on European integration and its implications for the US and transatlantic relations.


To mark this important milestone, we have planned a full range of events/activities during our EU Week: Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the EUC,  scheduled for November 5 – 10, 2018.


The highlight of the week is the 17th annual European Union Day on November 9, 2018, which, this year, will be celebrated as part of 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 mark this very special occasion. Ambassador O’Sullivan will speak on the “State of the European Union and Transatlantic Relations” in a conversation moderated by William Bernhard, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Professor of Political Science, University of Illinois.


A historic timeline is included in this site to document the growth and development of the Center. We invite you to explore this site and we welcome your participation at all public events.


The European Union Center looks forward to connecting and reconnecting with faculty, staff, alums, K-16 educators, and all those interested in contemporary Europe during our 20th  Anniversary year. As we contemplate our trajectory for the years ahead, EUC plans to continue advancing dialogue and scholarly research on the European Union, as well as educating future generations of experts on EU policies and EU-US relations.

EU Week Schedule   |   Historic Timeline   |   Alumni Highlights


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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.