EU ambassador to speak March 15 at UI

EU ambassador to speak March 15 at UI

CHAMPAIGN — The European Union's ambassador to the United States will discuss Europe's refugee crisis, the "Brexit" process and Europe's response to the new U.S. administration in a talk March 15 at the University of Illinois.

Ambassador David O'Sullivan is scheduled to give a "State of the European Union" address at 10 a.m. March 15 in the ballroom at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center, 601 S. Lincoln Ae., U. The speech will be followed with a reception. Both events are free and open to the public.

It's the central event of the 15th annual "EU Day" sponsored by the UI's European Center, intended to give participants a chance to learn about the European Union, its relationship with the U.S. and its role in promoting international relations.

This year's EU Day has added significance, as 2017 marks the 70th anniversary of the drafting of the Marshall Plan, a U.S. aid effort that assisted in Europe's recovery after World War II; and the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, which laid the foundation for what would become the European Union.