SOURCE: World Affairs Council of Orange County

September 18, 2008 12:32 ET

John Bruton, European Union Ambassador to the United States and Former Prime Minister of Ireland, to Speak at World Affairs Council of Orange County Event

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - September 18, 2008) - The event, hosted by the non-profit organization, the World Affairs Council of Orange County, is scheduled for Friday, September 26 at the Irvine Marriott Hotel at 18000 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, Ca. 92612. The topic will be "The Future for EU and US Economic and Political Relations." The reception will begin at 6 p.m. followed by a dinner presentation at 7 p.m. and a Q&A after the speech. The public is invited to attend.

John Bruton is the current European Union Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Commission to the United States. He is also former Prime Minister of Ireland and former President in office of the European Council. As the former Prime Minister of Ireland, Ambassador Bruton transformed the Irish economy into one of the fastest growing economies in the world. He also served as a leading member of the Convention that drafted the first-ever European constitution, before being appointed to the United States as Ambassador. From 1999 to 2005, he headed the European People's Party (EPP) as Vice President.

Cost: WACOC members $50; non-members $65; students $37. Self-parking is complimentary. For information and reservations, call (949)253-5751 or visit

World Affairs Council of Orange County is a member-driven non-profit organization that hosts forums on international issues and presentations by some of the world's foremost leaders. Past speakers have included: Robert Tuttle, U.S. Ambassador to the Court of St. James; Kenneth W. Starr, Dean and Professor of Law at Pepperdine University; His Excellency Ronen Sen, India's Ambassador to the United States; H.R. McMaster, 71st Colonel, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment; Dr. Hans Blix, Chairman of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission; His Royal Highness Prince Andrew and many other well known people with expertise in various world affairs with respect to political, social and economic issues. The organization also offers study field trips to foreign countries, cultural and educational institutions, and activities that support international education in local schools and universities. The World Affairs Council of Orange County was founded in 1967 and today has more than 500 members.

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