The British Embassy to Bulgaria along with the Center for the Study of Democracy, which acts as the Executive Secretariat of the Southeast European Legal Development Initiative (SELDI), co-hosted a discussion at the Residence of the British Ambassador, Mr. Ian Soutar on June 10, 2002. Mr. William Wallace (Lord Wallace of Saltaire), professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics, delivered a lecture on the “Structure of Europe after EU and NATO Enlargement”.
In his speech Lord Wallace pointed out that enlargement of the EU is a process which has been underway since years although large questions had being raised as of whether countries from Central Asia and North Africa could apply for a membership and where in fact “Europe ends.
According to Lord Wallace there is a shortage of strategic leadership in the EU at present with all member states being engaged mostly with domestic policy. He also expressed hope that Bulgarian political leaders will succeed in convincing the European member states of how important the accession for our country is. A broad debate on the future of the EU and NATO is needed throughout all European countries and the initiative has to be taken by the EU institutions as regards to the further development of the European Security and Defense Policy with view to the new priorities in the US foreign and defense policy, Lord Wallace added.
The lecture was followed by a discussion on the attitude of Britain towards the Eastern enlargement of both organizations with participants from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, MPs, diplomats, representatives of international organizations, and journalists.
Professor William Wallace
Professor Wallace became member of the House of Lords’ Select Committee on the European Communities and Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Justice and Home Affairs in 1997. He was made a Peer in 1995 and became a Liberal Democrat spokesman on Foreign Affairs and Defence. Professor Wallace has been a lecturer at the London School of Economics since 1995. He was international relations reader at the LSE between 1995-99; lecturer in government, Manchester University in 1967-77; director of studies, Royal Institute of International Affairs in 1978-90; Walter F. Hallstein Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford in 1990-95. He is a member of the International Steering Board of the Southeast European Legal Development Initiative (SELDI).