Vice president Roger Sainsbury (LEFT) congratulates Dr Philippe Jean after the Annual European Lecture.
Jean, of the European Union Enlargement Unit, lectured on new opportunities for UK civil engineers in eastern Europe. Applicant countries from eastern Europe will need to be spending money on public infrastructure as part of their pre-accession agreement and once accepted they could be beneficiaries of the new social fund, said Jean.
There could also be much demand for private construction projects. 'Even in the coming year, a demand for construction is going to be strong in this part of the world. All figures state that this is going to continue at least for the next few years,' said Jean.
Negotiations on joining the EU started in April with Cyprus, Estonia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovenia. Applications from Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, Latvia and Lithuania will be considered later.