April 24 – The Role of the BENELUX Region in Europe

The importance of the BENELUX region in Europe is often underestimated. At once diverse and interconnected, it is a crucial political, legal, academic, and economic nexus in Europe. Despite the small size of the countries, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg represent the world’s fourth largest export economy. Strategically located along the North Sea coast, Europe’s two largest seaports—Antwerp and Rotterdam—are located in the BENELUX. With Brussels and Luxembourg, the BENELUX is home to the EU Commission, the EU Parliament, the EU Court of Justice, the European Investment Bank and can legitimately be considered Europe’s political power center. Culturally, the linguistically diverse BENELUX area is home to some of the world’s most renowned art museums in cities such as Amsterdam, The Hague, and Bruges, which are interconnected by the world’s densest public transportation system.

A discussion on the role of the BENELUX in Europe will serve as the inauguration of the BENELUX Program at the Institute of European Studies in the presence of His Excellency Johan Verbeke, Belgian Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Hugo von Meijenfeldt, Consul-General of the Netherlands in California, and His Excellency Georges Schmit, Consul-General of Luxembourg in California.

Time and Location: 201 Moses Hall, 12:00 – 1:30 PM


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