European Union ambassador to speak at AU

AUBURN – The European Union ambassador to the United States, John Bruton, will speak at Auburn University at 2 p.m. April 25 in 113 Lowder Building, presenting “How Globalization Will Impact the Future of EU-US Economic and Political Relations.”

“Ambassador Bruton’s visit is a wonderful opportunity for Auburn students and the community to hear from a world leader about the dynamics of the global economy and the importance of our relationship with European Union nations,” said AU President Ed Richardson.

Bruton was appointed EU ambassador to the United States in November 2004. Previously, he served as a leading member of the convention that drafted the first European Constitution, which was signed in Rome on Oct. 29, 2004, and is now before the 25 EU member states for ratification. He was also vice president of the European People’s Party from 1999 to 2005.

Bruton served as the Irish prime minister from 1994 to 1997 and helped transform the Irish economy into one of the fastest growing economies in the world. In the year before he took office, the Irish economy grew by 2.7 percent. During his time as prime minister, the economy grew at an annual average rate of 8.7 percent, peaking at 11.1 percent in 1997.

He addressed a joint session of the U.S. Congress in 1996 as only the 30th head of state or government of an EU country to do so since 1945.