Special Lecture Series. It is believed that the EU enlargement in May 2004 was a new chapter of the global economic integration. It was the biggest expansion of the EU itself, 15 to 25 countries, since it was established. The expansion covered the wide range in the European continent from the Eastern Europe to the Middle Europe throughout the Middle Europe, which was formerly ruled by the Communist regimes during the Cold War period. In addition, the EU enlargement have emerged the multi-dimensional in spacious areas; politics, economic, history, social and culture of all the member countries under the one EU umbrella. The enlargement has significantly brought about new opportunities for EU to have a reunification once again. Also, it is believed to strengthen the stability of politic, economic and social as a whole, particularly the use of Euro currency in the global financial markets. At the present time, the EU has 25 member states; Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands and United Kingdom. It can be regarded that this enlargement would be a powerful beginning step to create a higher of the global trade volumes; as well as, a closer co-operation in other relevant areas. In addition, in the year 2007 the EU will accept two new countries – Bulgaria and Romania. This is the movement of the widening process that would lead to the other co-operation areas among the member countries. Of course, those remarkable movements have triggered the tremendous effects to the global community especially to Thailand both politically and economically. That means we would have to face many new challenges from the enlargement. Centre for European Studies, as a centre of excellence, in the European affairs, agrees upon to organise the special seminars in order to provide knowledge and create a better understanding of the European affairs in multi-dimensional levels; politics, economic and social, to the diplomats, academics, bureaucrats and general public. The knowledge and information from seminars will encourage the participants to have a broader perspective in the European dynamic movements. As a result, they can use the knowledge to analyse the situations and apply for their career and study for the time to come. On this occasion, it is an auspicious time to organise the Special Lecture Series 2006-2007 that is aimed to add the further momentum to its prior success of Special Lecture Series 2005-2006, which has comprised of four sessions each year with reference to the relevant European affairs and current events. In the part year, CES had great honors to welcome several ambassadors as the honorable speakers.
31 May 2006: The Roles and Foreign Policy of Romania for becoming a New EU Member Next Year By Romania Ambassador
19 June 2006: Austria’s roles as the EU Presidency By Austria Ambassador
18 July 2006: The French’s Roles and It’s Foreign Policy towards the EU By French Ambassador
25 September 2006: Latin America Economic Integration (MERCUSUR) Comparing with the EU By H.E. Mr. Felipe Frydman
15 November 2006: ASEAN’s Viewpoints, Perceptions and the Policy toward th EU By Dr. Jingjai Hanchanlash