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Welcome to the website of the Delegation of the European Union to Australia

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Dear visitor,

A very warm welcome to the website of the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Australia.

This website is intended as a source of information and news on the latest developments in EU-Australia relations.

The EU is a unique political and economic integration of 28 countries who have decided to work closely together for greater prosperity and security. The EU is the world’s largest economy, the biggest trade player, the first global development aid donor, and a major innovation hub.

The EU and Australia have a strong bond. Diplomatic relations were established in 1952, with the opening of the EU Delegation in Canberra in 1981.

Our shared values are rooted in common cultural and historic heritage. Together, the EU and Australia are promoting and defending democratic principles, human rights, the rule of law and good governance globally. We are seeking bilaterally and in multilateral fora solutions to global problems.

The bilateral relations are being deepened and widened with the conclusion of a new bilateral treaty, the EU – Australia Framework Agreement, which we are planning to sign in the course of 2016.

This Treaty will  form the new basis for the many components of our bilateral cooperation, namely in the area of foreign policy, defense and security, trade, transport and climate action, research and innovation, energy security, regional stability and education.

The EU and Australia are also strong trade and investment partners. With two-way trade worth over $AUD 80 billion the EU remains the second largest trade partner of Australia, and first in services. With AUD$ 958 billion the EU is the first foreign investor in Australia. The EU remains one of the main destinations for Australian investments overseas amounting to AUD $ 170 billion.

This strong and dynamic trade and investment partnership will further intensify with the work towards a launch of the negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) agreed by Presidents Donald Tusk and Jean Claude Juncker together with the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in November 2015, on the margins of the G20 Summit in Antalya (Turkey). This important step recognises the importance of Australia as a like-minded partner in this important part of the world. The prospective FTA will boost trade, investments and jobs for both parties.

The success of CoP 21 in Paris in 2015 will open new possibilities for EU-Australia cooperation on climate action, while the strong partnership on research and innovation embedded in the EU's flagship Horizon 2020 program will benefit from the renewed focus on innovation expressed by the Australian government.   

Throughout this site, you will find relevant information about the European Union, its institutions, policies and global actions. In particular, you will find a dedicated press and media section which will help you to stay regularly updated with the latest news and events on EU Australia relations through our newsletters, press releases, and our main publications.  

You can follow me and my team on our social media.

As the EU Ambassador to Australia it is my mission to strengthen the unique Euro-Australian partnership.

I invite you to visit our website and hope you will find it useful.

I look forward to your involvement and feedback.

Thank you for your interest in the European Union!

Sem Fabrizi

Ambassador of the European Union to Australia