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Position Vacant : Policy Officer Media, Public Affairs and Culture

17/02/15 - 09/03/15 - Position Vacant : Policy Officer Media, Public Affairs and Culture

An opportunity is available for a Policy Officer, Media, Public Affairs and
Culture at the Delegation of the European Union to Australia and
New Zealand in Canberra. [read more]...

EU Ambassador briefs the Parliament's JSCFDT

16/02/15 - EU Ambassador briefs the Parliament's JSCFDT

EU Ambassador briefs the Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and TradeOn 11 February, EU Ambassador H.E. Sem Fabrizi briefed the Australian Parliament's Joint standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade. In his opening remarks, he addressed economic and geo-strategic state of affairs in the European Union, the perspectives for deepening EU-Australian relations and common international challenges for the EU and Australia such as Counter Terrorism and Security in Europe and the Asia-Pacific. [read more]...

  • 12/02/15 - Media Release : EU Village at the National Multicultural Festival, Saturday 14 February 2015

    On Saturday, 14th February, we are delighted to welcome you to the EU Village, which will be located in Civic Square in front of the Canberra Theatre. Our marquee will house 24 EU Member States* as well as the EU Delegation. We invite you to come and explore a little bit of Europe, take the popular EU Quiz and earn yourself an EU memento.

  • 09/02/15 - EU Delegation to Australia Newsletter 401
  • 06/02/15 - Australian European University Institute Fellowships Association Inc

    Applications are now invited for Australian European University Institute Fellowships which provide the opportunity to carry out research at the European University Institute in Florence – the high profile research institute established by the Member States of the founding European Communities in 1972.  [read more]...

  • 16/01/15 - EU Delegation to Australia Newsletter 400
  • 15/01/15 - The EU Ambassador's message for 2015

    2015 will be another important year for the European Union and Australia partnership. With a new leadership team in the European Union and a number of important upcoming initiatives and events, there will be a continued dynamism in the of EU-Australian relations. [read more]...

  • 09/01/15 - Press release on the nomination of Alain Le Roy as Secretary General of the EEAS.

    The High Representative / Vice President Federica Mogherini appointed Mr Alain Le Roy as the new Secretary General of the EEAS. [read more]...

  • 18/12/14 - EU Delegation to Australia Newsletter 399
  • 17/12/14 - EU Launches Melbourne based centre to tackle world challenges

    Ms Helga Schmid, Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service and H. E. Sem Fabrizi, European Union Ambassador to Australia, opened on 9 December 2014 the University of Melbourne's EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges.

  • 11/12/14 - EU-Australia Security Dialogue, 11 December 2014

    EEAS Deputy Secretary General Helga Schmid was in Australia to lead the annual EU-Australia Strategic Security Dialogue hosted by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

  • 10/12/14 - EU-Australia 'science week'

    Commenced on 1 December with an innovation dialogue reflecting the political narrative in both Australia and in the EU on the importance of having linkages between researchers and companies to ensure that the fruits of research are realised through innovation and leading to greater growth and employment and progress in addressing global societal challenges, like healthy aging, food security, good mobility and clean energy.

  • 10/12/14 - Declaration by High Representative Federica Mogherini

    on behalf of the European Union on Human Rights Day

  • 09/12/14 - The importance of addressing climate change

    An open letter from European Union's Federica Mogherini, High Representative for the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Miguel Arias Cañete Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy.

  • 08/12/14 - Media Release : EU launches Melbourne based centre to tackle world challenges

    EU launches Melbourne based centre to tackle world challengesMs Helga Schmid, Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service and H. E. Sem Fabrizi, European Union Ambassador to Australia, will open the University of Melbourne's EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges on Tuesday 9 December 2014.   

  • 04/12/14 - EEAS and DFAT arrangment

    Tuesday, 02 December 2014 - 16:30The EEAS has signed the administrative arrangements with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade establishing a diplomatic exchange program.

  • 02/12/14 - EU Delegation to Australia newsletter 398

    date of issue: 2 December 2014

  • 25/11/14 - Joint Statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

    Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality and Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development made  a statement on 25 November "Discrimination and violence against women continues around the world, in all societies and regions. Women are harassed, raped, mutilated, beaten or murdered, even in their own homes. In the EU, one in three women has experienced physical and/or sexual violence since the age of 15. ..... " 

  • 24/11/14 - Windows on Europe Film Festival 2014

    This week in Canberra: Wednesday 26 November In the Courtyard, Thursday 27 November Land of Storms, Friday 28 November 10,000KM and Northwest

  • 21/11/14 - 12/12/14 - Position Vacant : Accounting Assistant

    We are looking for an energetic and highly motivated Accounting assistant to support the Administration team of the EU Delegation to Australia to perform accounting work and financial and budgetary tasks.  Applications close 12 December 2014.

  • 20/11/14 - Windows on Europe Film Festival Opening

    Ambassador Sem Fabrizi, speech at the opening of the 9th Windows on Europe Film Festival, Sydney, 17 November 2014

  • 19/11/14 - EABC/ACE/EU Centres reception : President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, and the Vice President of the European Commission, Valdis Dombrovskis

    Speech by Ambassador Sem Fabrizi, 16 November 2014, at Newstead House, Brisbane, at European Australian Business Council / Australian Council for Europe / EU Centres reception.

  • 17/11/14 - November Foreign Affairs Council: Ukraine/Ebola & Middle East Peace Process dominate

    High Representative Federica Mogherini chaired the Foreign Affairs Council on 17 November for the first time. Ukraine was the main focus of discussion with EU Foreign Ministers.

  • 17/11/14 - Windows on Europe Film Festival 2014: Land of Storms (Viharsarok)

    SYD: Tue 18 Nov 6:30pm | CBR: Thu 27 Nov 6:30pm.  Footballer Szabolcs leaves Germany following an argument with a teammate to return to his Hungarian homeland, where he’s inherited his grandfather’s farm. A mutual attraction forms with local villager Áron, an apprentice stonemason. Impulse, lust and shame give way to a powerful if fragile relationship. + In Sydney, SPECIAL SNEAK PEEK at the 2015 Mardi Gras Film Festival line-up, presented in association with Queer Screen!

  • 17/11/14 - Statement on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership in the margins of the G20 Summit pdf

    We, the Leaders of the United States and the European Union, and the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Spain meeting in the margin of the G20 Summit reaffirm our commitment to comprehensive and ambitious negotiations, in a spirit of mutual benefit, leading to a high standard Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement.

  • 17/11/14 - G20 Leaders’ Communiqué - Brisbane Summit, 15-16 November 2014

    Ambitious goals for the G20 leaders summit

  • 17/11/14 - President Jean-Claude Juncker's Speaking Points at a Joint Press Conference at the G20 in Brisbane

    Joint Press Conference with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy at the G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia

  • 17/11/14 - Remarks by Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, on the global economy at the G20 Summit's first working session

    Economic recovery is not happening as fast and as strongly as we expected after we overcame the existential crisis of the euro zone. This is due partially to external factors, geopolitical tensions,  which are affecting a return of confidence. People have the feeling of living in a dangerous world. Another external factor is the slowing-down of some of our export markets.

  • 16/11/14 - Windows on Europe Film Festival: Fair Play

    Windows on |Europe Film Festival opens tonight in Sydney with "Fair Play".  Gifted young sprinter Anna is hoping to represent Czechoslovakia at the 1984 Olympics.  Andrea Sedlackova’s drama is a compelling insight into life behind the Iron Curtain and a celebration of ordinary folk who take a stand against totalitarianism.

  • 13/11/14 - Joint Statement by the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on the US-China climate announcement pdf

    We welcome the announcement today by the Presidents of the United States and China on their respective post-2020 actions on climate change. This comes ahead of the G20 Summit in Brisbane, and well in advance of the Conference of the Parties 21 in Paris next year.  This announcement shows that the call by EU Leaders on 24 October to other countries to come forward quickly with their intended greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets is being answered. [Both Presidents will attend the G20 Summit in Brisbane]

  • 12/11/14 - EU explainer : The Business, ABC tv tonight at 8.30

    Emily Stewart was recently in Europe as a guest of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany and the EU Delegation.  This is one of many programs produced as a result of her trip.

  • 12/11/14 - Live updates: Rosetta mission comet landing

    On 12 November, Rosetta’s Philae probe is set to make the first-ever landing on a comet when it touches down on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.  Separation of the lander is planned for about 09:03 GMT (10:03 CET), and touch down should follow about seven hours later, at 16:02 GMT (17:02 CET, 04.00 on 13 November AEST).  See live updates from the European Space Agency.

  • 11/11/14 - EU Delegation to Australia Newsletter 397
  • 11/11/14 - Facts and figures about the European Union and the G20 pdf

    EU participation in the G20, Brisbane, Australia, 2014

  • 10/11/14 - The EU at the G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia – Supporting global recovery

    On 15 and 16 November 2014, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy will participate in the 9th edition of the G20 summit in the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia.  At the G20 summit in Brisbane (Australia) the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, will push for the adoption of a strong Brisbane Action Plan on Growth and Jobs to put the G20 collectively on a higher growth trajectory.

  • 05/11/14 - "We are all part of a team" - Federica Mogherini addresses EEAS staff

    On her first day in office High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini spent almost two hours discussing her priorities for the next five years with her staff. "We are all part of a team" she said to a full house of EEAS and FPI staff from Brussels headquarters as well as to thousands of staff in EU delegations who followed via livestream.

  • 03/11/14 - Juncker Commission takes office

    On 1 November the Juncker Commission officially began its term of office that will run until 31 October 2019.  On this occasion, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: "Thanks to the democratic support of European citizens, the European Parliament and Heads of State and government, today the new Commission takes office. Now it's time to roll up the sleeves and get down to work. Europe's challenges cannot wait. As of today, my team and I will work hard to deliver Europe the new start we have promised. Together with a strong and experienced team I look forward to deliver for Europe during the next five years."

  • 29/10/14 - Council calls for a 'greener' Europe 2020 strategy

    Meeting in Luxembourg on 28 October, environment ministers adopted conclusions on 'greening' the European Semester and the Europe 2020 strategy.

  • 28/10/14 - The European External Action Service – Europe speaking with one voice internationally

    The European Union plays important roles in diplomacy, trade, development aid and work with global organisations like the United Nations and NATO. One of the key tasks of the EEAS is to ensure that all the different activities that the EU performs abroad are consistent and effective. This is particularly important because many of the EU's foreign programmes are organised by different divisions of the European Commission.

  • 28/10/14 - European Union and University of South Australia tackle immigration and social change

    The Hawke European Union Centre for Mobilities, Migrations and Cultural Transformations was launched by former Prime Minister Bob Hawke, H.E. Sem Fabrizi Ambassador for the EU in Australia, and the University of South Australia on 27 October 2014. 

  • 24/10/14 - EU Delegation to Australia Newsletter 396
  • 24/10/14 - European Council : Conclusions on 2030 Climate and Energy Policy Framework pdf

    The European Council on 23 October reached conclusions on the 2030 Climate and Energy Policy Framework.  Substantial progress has been made towards the attainment of the EU targets for greenhouse gas emission reduction, renewable energy and energy efficiency, which need to be fully met by 2020.  On the basis of the principles identified in the March 2014 European Council conclusions, the European Council agreed on the 2030 climate and energy policy framework for the European Union.

  • 17/10/14 - 2014 Hunter Innovation Scorecard launch : Remarks by Ivano Casella

    Remarks by Ivano Casella, Counsellor, Trade and Economics, EU Delegation Australia.  When: 10.30am – 11.30am Thursday 16th October 2014 Venue: Shangri-La Hotel, Harlequin Room, Level 1, 176 Cumberland Street, Sydney

  • 17/10/14 - Speaker of the House of Representatives

    Early in October, Speaker of the House of Representatives, The Hon Bronwyn Bishop led a delegation of Australian MPs to Europe. While in Brussels, the Delegation met with President of the European Council, M. Herman Van Rompuy and discussed international security challenges including Ukraine and ISIL as well as climate change and EU-Australia relations.

  • 13/10/14 - Hunter Region Measures up Against the European Union pdf - 502 KB [502 KB]

    Regional Development Australia (RDA) Hunter’s 2014 Hunter Innovation Scorecard measures the Hunter (NSW) region’s performance against international leaders in the European Union. This makes the Hunter the first Australian region to measure its performance on a world scale.Hunter Innovation Scorecard

  • 12/10/14 - PhD scholarships - call for applications pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]

    The University of Melbourne EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges invites applications for six PhD scholarships for 2015 commencement. The EU Centre will provide a platform for industry engagement and international research collaboration by high quality Australian graduates seeking research training in an international context

  • 11/10/14 - Presentation on Horizon 2020 at University of Queensland

    Remarks to the Horizon 2020 Information Event "Perspectives on the importance of EU–Australia research and innovation collaboration: The European view" by H.E. Sem Fabrizi, European Union Ambassador

  • 10/10/14 - European and World Day against the Death Penalty, 10 October 2014

    Joint Declaration by the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe on the European and World Day against the Death Penalty, 10 October 2014Read more

  • 10/10/14 - The opportunities for collaboration with the EU under Erasmus+

    An address by H.E. Sem Fabrizi, European Union Ambassador to Australia at the Australian International Education Conference (AIEC), Brisbane 9 October 2014.

  • 10/10/14 - EU Delegation newsletter
  • 09/10/14 - EU welcomes Asia to ASEM in Milan

    The 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) will be chaired by European Council President Herman Van Rompuy. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi will host the summit on 16-17 October 2014 in Milan that will also be attended by the President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso.

  • 09/10/14 - Education Conference

    H.E. Sem Fabrizi, European Union Ambassador to Australia and Professor Ian Chubb, Chief Scientist of Australia co-chaired a panel discussion titled 'The opportunities for collaboration with the EU under Erasmus+ at the Australian International Education Conference (AIEC), Brisbane 9 October 2014.

  • 03/10/14 - Security Jam: Brainstorming Global Security

    ISIS. Syria. Iraq. What would you do?  You have 54 hours and these VIP Jammers listening: Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander Europe and Commander of the U.S. European Command; Anna Elżbieta Fotyga, Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Security and Defence, European Parliament; Alexander Vershbow, Deputy Secretary General, NATO;  Gen. Jean-Paul Palomeros, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, NATO Allied Command Transformation; Csaba Hende, Minister of Defence, Hungary; Maciej Popowski, Deputy Secretary General, European External Action Service (EEAS); James Stavridis, President of the Fletcher School, Tufts University.  Join the online debate from your desk, sofa or local café! Register now!  Registration is free and takes under a minute.  Your ideas matter. So make sure your voice is heard on October 14-16.

  • 01/10/14 - Ambassador Sem Fabrizi: Speech at the EABC 2014 Annual General Meeting

    Remarks by His Excellency Sem Fabrizi at the European Australian Business Council's AGM on 23 September

  • 25/09/14 - Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Economic and Monetary Affairs, Jyrki Katainen, in Cairns for the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting

    Jyrki Katainen, Vice President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro represented the EU at the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting, Cairns 19-21 September 2014.

  • 25/09/14 - European Union Heads of Mission at Parliament House

    On Wednesday 24 September, The Hon Greg Hunt, Minister for the Environment and The Hon Bronwyn Bishop, Speaker, House of Representatives, separately addressed the European Union Heads of Mission meeting at Parliament House.

  • 25/09/14 - UN Climate Summit

    The impacts of climate change are being felt on all continents of the world: temperatures are rising, glaciers are melting and extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and intense. There is no doubt that urgent action is needed to avoid further risks for our planet and for future generations. But taking climate action is also an opportunity, a chance to transform our economy and create a more climate-resilient, low-carbon environment.  The European Union has long been a driving force in climate action, both domestically and internationally. Indeed, the EU is taking action to curb greenhouse gas emissions in all areas of its activity.

  • 22/09/14 - Commissioner Šemeta welcomes G20 Finance Ministers' agreement on new measures to combat corporate tax avoidance

    EU Tax Commissioner Algirdas Šemeta has welcomed the package of measures to tackle international corporate tax avoidance, which was endorsed on 21 September by the G20 Finance Ministers in Cairns, Australia.

  • 18/09/14 - EU Delegation to Australia Newsletter 394
  • 12/09/14 - Further economic sanctions on Russia

    The EU took new sanctions targeting sectoral cooperation and exchanges with Russia. They will enter into force on 12 September.  In view of the gravity of the situation on the ground in Eastern Ukraine, the Council decided to reinforce the measures adopted on 31 July against Russia.

  • 11/09/14 - Commissioner Andor interviewed about G20 Employment Ministers' meeting

    European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, and Inclusion, László Andor, represented the EU at the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers' meeting in Melbourne on 10 and 11 September 2014.  He was interviewed  for "The World Today" on ABC Radio National, saying "we'll ensure that young people are not allowed to remain umemployed for longer than four months but they would get a quality offer a job apprecenticeship, a traineeship, or for a learning opportunity".

  • 10/09/14 - High Representative Ashton addresses Annual meeting of EU Heads of Delegations

    EU High Representative Ashton gave a keynote address to EU Heads of Delegation and Heads of Mission who came together in Brussels for their annual conference from 1-5 September.

  • 10/09/14 - Freedom? Scotland, Nationalism and the Independence Referendum 2014

    Monash Roundtables on Independence and Separatism presented by the Monash European and EU Centre: Freedom? Scotland, Nationalism and the Independence Referendum 2014, Time: 6.00-7.30 p.m., Friday 12 September 2014

  • 08/09/14 - 'People and Climate Change: Science from Europe' public forum

    Monday 8 September 2014 5.15pm to 7.30 pm.  The University of Melbourne’s recently established European Union Centre on Shared Complex Challenges held a public forum to mark Climate Day, a joint day of climate action by the governments of the United Kingdom, Germany and France.  Climate Day in Europe celebrates global efforts around the world in preparation for an ambitious, achievable and sustainable global deal on climate at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) in Paris in November 2015.

  • 08/09/14 - European Union sees G20 Employment meeting as great opportunity

    The European Union (EU) will collaborate for universally better employment outcomes at the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers' meeting in Melbourne on 10 and 11 September 2014.  European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, and Inclusion László Andor will represent the EU at the meeting to contribute for positive outcomes for all.

  • 08/09/14 - ANU Centre for European Studies Doctoral Scholarship

    The Australian National University’s Centre for European Studies invites applications for a PhD Scholarship for 2015 commencement.  Applications close 17 October 2014.

  • 05/09/14 - Medal of Merit for Australia

    The Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, has received the prestigious Medal of Merit of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She was given the Medal of Merit at the NATO Summit in Newport (Wales) by Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, Frans Timmermans, as a token of appreciation for the fantastic cooperation in the aftermath of the disaster with flight MH17. Since its inception, the Medal of Merit has only been rewarded ten times.

  • 04/09/14 - EU Delegation in Australia newsletter 393

    Date of issue: 4 September 2014

  • 03/09/14 - EUVP recipient Monica Osuchowski

    In 2011, Monica Osuchowski was appointed Geoscience Australia’s Emergency Management Coordinator, responsible for coordinating the implementation of Geoscience Australia’s vision for supporting Emergency Management.  In 2013, Monica participated in the European Union Visitors' programme.

  • 01/09/14 - Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States: statement delivered by Mr Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Development pdf - 51 KB [51 KB]

    Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS)  1 – 4 September 2014.  Plenary Statement on behalf of the European Union and its Member States delivered by Mr Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Development.  Commissioner Piebalgs joined Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, NZ Foreign Minister Murray McCully, UNDP Administrator Helen Clarke and the Governor of the Samoa Central Bank to discuss financial inclusion challenges and progress in the Pacific region. The EU is co-funding the Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP), implemented by the UNDP.

  • 27/08/14 - EU Heads of Mission meet Opposition Leader the Hon Bill Shorten at EU Residence

    'On Tuesday 26 August I was very happy to welcome the Leader of the Opposition the Hon Bill Shorten as guest of honour at a dinner at the Residence with the EU Heads of Mission' : EU Ambassador Sem Fabrizi

  • 21/08/14 - Speech delivered by HE Ambassador Sem Fabrizi to the Trade Commissioners' Group

    The Hotel Windsor, Melbourne, 21 August 2014 

  • 21/08/14 - EU diplomacy tackles multiple challenges mp3

    Ambassador Sem Fabrizi interviewed by Waleed Aly for Radio National's "Drive" programme.  "We are trying to solve diplomatically the crisis in Ukraine" said Ambassador Fabrizi, also touching on the situation in Iraq, trade with Asia and even the World Cup. Listen to the audio here.

  • 21/08/14 - Female Entrepreneurship, European unity, international business

    Speech by HE Sem Fabrizi, EU Ambassador to Australia, to "European Women in Business" Melbourne, 20 August 2014 18.30. 

  • 20/08/14 - EU steps up mobilisation on Iraq crisis

    The severe deterioration of the security and humanitarian situation in Iraq was one of the main focuses of EU foreign ministers who met in Brussels on 15 August at the invitation of High Representative Catherine Ashton.

  • 20/08/14 - Cultural Event, Melbourne Festival: When the Mountain changed its clothing

    Germany + Slovenia. Vocal Theatre Carmina Slovenica: This is an epic-scale production featuring 40 young singers from world-renowned Vocal Theatre Carmina Slovenica, and offers is a remarkable meditation on the transition from youth to adulthood, an enigmatic vision of the end of innocence. 23-26 October 2014

  • 19/08/14 - Australian and New Zealand Students in Europe

    Presentation by Will Shannon - ANU Centre for European Studies.  Tuesday 26 August 2014 11.00am – 12.30pm. This paper will give an overview Will's dissertation, which documents and explains the different experiences of 21 students who spent a semester or more on exchange in Europe.

  • 18/08/14 - World Humanitarian Day 2014: Honouring relief workers in danger around the globe

    Today's World Humanitarian Day is an occasion to pay tribute to humanitarian workers who risk their lives in bringing assistance to victims of wars and natural disasters worldwide. It is a time when we commemorate all those who were target of attacks and as a result were wounded, kidnapped or even killed. It is an opportunity to reiterate the importance to respect international humanitarian law (IHL).

  • 18/08/14 - EU urges Russia to stop border hostilities

    At a meeting in Brussels on 15 August, EU foreign affairs ministers urged Russia to withdraw its forces from the border with Ukraine and to stop hostilities.  Following the dispatch of a Russian convoy to Ukraine, EU ministers warned Russia against using any pretext, including humanitarian, for military intervention in the country. They also urged Russia to stop border hostilities, withdraw its forces from the border with Ukraine and to halt the flow of arms, military advisers and armed personnel into the conflict region.  

  • 14/08/14 - Launch of the book 'China and the EU in context'

    Launch of the book China and the EU in context, NSW Parliament, 12 August 2014.  Speech by H.E. Sem Fabrizi, EU Ambassador to Australia

  • 12/08/14 - Pacific Islands Forum

    HE Sem Fabrizi took part in the 45th Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) meeting in Koror, Palau, from 29 July to 1 August 2014. The theme was "The Ocean: Life and Future".

  • 08/08/14 - EU Delegation to Australia Newsletter 391

    Launch of six EU Centres in Australia and New Zealand on 8 August 2014

  • 08/08/14 - Official launch of EU Centres

    Speech by Ambassador Sem Fabrizi at the official launch of the EU Centres in Australia and New Zealand, 8 August 2014

  • 08/08/14 - Statement by the Spokesperson on the occasion of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, 9 August 2014

    Statement on behalf of the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs & Security Policy / Vice-President of the European Commission, Catherine Ashton

  • 07/08/14 - Study in Europe booklet available for download

    Welcome to Study in Europe.  There are more than four thousand higher education institutions in Europe, from top-level research establishments to small, teaching-focused colleges. Europe itself is no less diverse, extending from the Arctic Circle to the coast of Africa, where tiny principalities sit side-by-side with many of the world's leading economies.  Please contact us if you would like a hard copy of this publication.

  • 01/08/14 - EU strengthens sanctions in response to situation in Ukraine

    In response to the tragic loss of lives following the downing of Malaysians Airlines flight MH17 and in view of Russia's continuous actions destabilising the situation in Ukraine the EU decided on a strong package of new restrictive measures.

  • 30/07/14 - Book launch 12 August : China and the EU in context

    This book launch, at NSW Parliament House, is co-presented with the European Australian Business Council, hosted by the Hon Don Harwin MLC, President of Legislative Council of New South Wales.
    Speakers:
    Kerry Brown, Professor of Chinese Politics Director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney; Rebecca Fabrizi, Senior Strategic Research Fellow for the Australian Centre on China in the World at the Australia National University Bates Gill, CEO of the US Studies Centre.

  • 30/07/14 - Book Launch: Nation, Memory and Great War Commemoration

    Dr Shanti Sumartojo, from the School of Architecture and Design, and Dr Ben Wellings, Lecturer in European Studies at the Monash European and EU Centre will launch their new book Nation, Memory, and Great War Commemoration: Mobilizing the Past in Europe, Australia and New Zealand next week.

  • 30/07/14 - Europeana 1914-1918 – Untold stories & official histories of WW1

    Explore stories, films and historical material about the First World War and contribute your own family history. Europeana 1914-1918 mixes resources from libraries and archives across the globe with memories and memorabilia from families throughout Europe. Discover. Learn. Research. Use. Share.

  • 29/07/14 - EU High Representative to Attend Pacific Islands Forum in Palau...

    The European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, Catherine Ashton, will be in the Pacific to attend the 45th Pacific Islands Forum meeting which opens in Koror, Palau, this week.

  • 28/07/14 - EU Delegation in Australia newsletter 390

    Roger Camilleri bids the Delegation goodbye : 'After 31 years with the EU in Australia the time has come for me to move on to a new phase of life bringing a better mix of work and leisure. Obviously I have much enjoyed my work at the Delegation and I hope I have made some difference to your understanding of EU affairs.'

  • 28/07/14 - Counterpoint on ABC Radio National: Ambassador Fabrizi interviewed by Amanda Vanstone

    Earlier this month the Former Prime Minister of Luxemburg, Jean-Claude Juncker, was elected as the President of the European Commission. Does that matter to Australia? Yes it does because the EU is our third largest trading partner and around 35% of the Reserves Banks international reserves are held in euro.

  • 21/07/14 - Commissioner De Gucht visits Australia for the G20 Trade Ministers meeting

    Commissioner De Gucht met with Australian Minister for Trade, Hon Andrew Robb MP, and United States Trade Representative Michael Froman, and participated in G20 Trade Ministers' meeting in Sydney.

  • 21/07/14 - EU-ASEAN foreign ministers to discuss key challenges in Brussels

    Daily headlines in South East Asia speak about the region's impressive economic achievements. More and more they also focus on security tensions, including those in the South China Sea. The EU supports ASEAN in the twin challenge of integrating the region's economies and addressing growing security threats. That’s why on 23 July Foreign Ministers from 28 EU and 10 ASEAN Member States will gather in Brussels to discuss how the EU-ASEAN partnership can best deliver shared security and sustainable prosperity for their peoples.

  • 18/07/14 - Connie Hedegaard: "the EU regrets the repeal of Australia's carbon pricing mechanism"

    Commenting on the repeal of the Carbon Pricing Mechanism, EU Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard said: "The European Union regrets the repeal of Australia's carbon pricing mechanism just as new carbon pricing initiatives are emerging all around the world. The EU is convinced that pricing carbon is not only the most cost-effective way to reduce emissions, but also THE tool to make the economic paradigm shift the world needs.  This is why the EU will continue to work towards global carbon pricing with all international partners. With today's repeal of the Carbon Pricing Mechanism, the discussions to link the Australian system and Europe's carbon market will evidently be discontinued"

  • 17/07/14 - EU expands public diplomacy network downunder - six EU Centres established

    The European Union (EU) has invested €4.6million (A$6.6million) to establish six EU Centres across Australia and New Zealand for the 2014-2016 period.  The EU Centres, co-funded by their host universities, include a wide variety of partners from all sectors of the community.

  • 17/07/14 - Joint statement by the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, and the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, on the crash of the Malaysian airliner in Ukraine pdf

    We are shocked by the crash of the Malaysian airliner in Ukraine and the tragic loss of so many lives. Citizens from many nationalities including from the European Union have been killed. On behalf of the European Union, we wish to convey our deepest condolences to the Prime Ministers of the Netherlands, Malaysia, to the governments of all other affected nations, and to the families of the victims.

  • 17/07/14 - Special meeting of the European Council 16 July 2014 ‒ Conclusions

    Following the election by the European Parliament of the President of the European Commission, the European Council had an exchange of views with the President-elect, Mr Jean-Claude Juncker, relating in particular to the priorities set out in the Strategic Agenda for the Union in times of change agreed on 27 June 2014.  The European Council once again stressed its support for a peaceful settlement of the crisis in Ukraine.  The Council is following with great concern the continued violence in Israel and Gaza, condemning the violence on both sides.

  • 16/07/14 - The new European Commission : Parliament elects Jean-Claude Juncker as Commission President

    Jean-Claude Juncker has been elected by the European Parliament as the new president of the European Commission. On 15 July 422 out of 751 MEPs voted to support his candidacy, with 376 being the minimum number of votes required.

  • 16/07/14 - Council agrees position on the 2015 EU budget pdf

    The Permanent Representatives Committee on 15 July reached an agreement on the Council's position on the 2015 EU draft budget, on the basis of a compromise text of the Italian presidency.  Thanks to this agreement, there will be no need to convene the ECOFIN (Budget) Council  scheduled for 17 July, and it will be possible to engage in discussions with the European Parliament later this year.

  • 15/07/14 - Y20 Summit

    The Y20 (Youth) Summit is being held in July 2014 as part of Australia’s Presidency of the G20.  Ambassador Sem Fabrizi attended the Summit's closing ceremony in Sydney.

  • 15/07/14 - The EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) explained

    The EU emissions trading system (EU ETS) is a cornerstone of the European Union's policy to combat climate change and its key tool for reducing industrial greenhouse gas emissions cost-effectively. The first - and still by far the biggest - international system for trading greenhouse gas emission allowances, the EU ETS covers more than 11,000 power stations and industrial plants in 31 countries, as well as airlines.

  • 11/07/14 - EU Delegation in Australia newsletter 389

    date of issue: 11 July 2014

  • 11/07/14 - EU-Asia Factsheet

    This Factsheet looks at the EU's comprehensive engagement with the Asia Pacific, Milestones in EU-Asia relations, economic relations, bilateral agreements and EU assistance to the region.

  • 11/07/14 - Commission awards €1 billion to kick-start 19 clean energy projects

    The European Commission on 8 July awarded €1 billion funding to 19 projects to fight climate change under the second call of the so-called NER 300 funding programme. The projects will be funded with revenues from the sale of emission allowances under the EU Emissions Trading System.

  • 11/07/14 - Reporting on the European Union - too good to be true?

    James Panichi, former ABC journalist, now freelancing in Brussels, reports on the workings of the Brussels Press Gallery.  Guests include David Ringrose, Head of Communication, DG Connect, EC, Bruno Waterfield, Brussels Correspondent The Telegraph newspaper, Ryan Heath, Spokesperson for European Commissioner Neelie Kroes, Suzanne Lynch, European correspondent Irish Times newspaper, Ignacio Fariza, Brussels correspondent El Pais newspaper, Ann Cahill, Europe correspondent Irish Examiner newspaper & President International Press Association, Teri Schultz, Freelance journalist EU/NATO/Benelux for NPR, CBS Radio, Deutsche Welle, Carl-Christian Buhr, EU Commission on the Digital Agenda, and Claire Hewitt, Head of Press and Social Media DG Connect, Media EC.

  • 10/07/14 - ABC Radio National White Paper: all things European

    In the wake of May’s European Parliament elections, the media has focused on the rise of far-right Eurosceptic parties in France, the UK and Denmark.  Stepping behind the headlines, this issue of ABC Radio National's White  Paper takes a closer look at all things European, from politics to pop music.

  • 08/07/14 - Launch of European Tertiary Education Register

    The European Tertiary Education Register (ETER) is a database of higher education institutions (HEIs) in Europe, currently including 36 countries and 2,673 HEIs; 29 countries have provided a full set of data for 2,250 HEIs. ETER presents comparable information under headings such as numbers of staff and students, subject domains covered, research activity and expenditures.

  • 08/07/14 - High level meeting to coordinate international support for Ukraine

    On 8 July, the EU institutions and member states, Ukrainian government and international donors will gather for a High Level Meeting in Brussels to discuss the key priorities and support for Ukraine going forward.The meeting will be organised by the European Commission services in cooperation with the European External Action Service and will be chaired by Štefan Füle Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy.

  • 04/07/14 - Australian Horizon 2020 Information Event

    On 25 June the Canberra Delegation led a Horizon 2020 information event to around 65 researchers from Macquarie University in Sydney.image caption: Left to right: John Tuckwell, Louise Fleck, Professor Jim Lee and Dr Ren Yi

  • 04/07/14 - The start of a new European Parliament: 2014-2019

    Following the European elections of last May, 751 Members of the European Parliament coming from 186 different national parties reunited in seven European political groups held their first plenary session this week (1-3 July) in Strasbourg.  The start of this 8th mandate of the European Parliament was marked by the re-election of Martin Schulz and the debate with the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

  • 03/07/14 - Presidents Van Rompuy and Barroso at the European Parliament following the June European Council pdf

    Presidents Van Rompuy and Barroso spoke to the European Parliament. President Van Rompuy outlined the Council's priorities.  Read President Van Rompuy and President Barroso's speeches

  • 01/07/14 - European Commission welcomes Outcome of first ever UN Environment Assembly

    The first session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA), hosted by the Nairobi-based United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) last week concluded late Friday evening with 16 decisions and resolutions and a Ministerial Outcome Document to encourage international action on major environmental issues.

  • 27/06/14 - EU Delegation in Australia newsletter 388

    Winner of the European Union Qantas Journalist Award, Aaron Patrick, of the Australian Financial Review, with the Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs, at the National Press Club

  • 26/06/14 - Declaration by the European Union on the occasion of the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, 26 June 2014

    On the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, we wish to reaffirm the EU's commitment to the prevention and eradication of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Torture is clearly and unequivocally prohibited under international law.

  • 23/06/14 - Speech delivered by Ambassador Sem Fabrizi to CEDA State of the Nation

    Speech delivered by H.E. Ambassador Sem Fabrizi, to CEDA (Committee for Economic Development of Australia) State of the Nation 2014, Parliament House, Canberra, 23 June 2014

  • 20/06/14 - Europe and Australia are essential partners

    Speech by Neelie KROES, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda, at the European Australia Business Council, and conversation with Australian Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull, Sydney, 20 June 2014

  • 18/06/14 - European Union Qantas Journalist Award 2014 : winner announced

    Winner of the 2014 EU-Qantas Journalist Award is Aaron Patrick, Deputy News Editor at the Australian Financial Review, with a project entitled “European energy policy and opportunities for Australia.”  The Award was announced at the National Press Club in the presence of the Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs.

  • 18/06/14 - European Parliament elections: Future Directions for Europe and Implications for Australia

    Speech by Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda, 18 June 2014 at the Melbourne Press Club

  • 18/06/14 - Introduction by Ambassador Sem Fabrizi to Vice-President of the European Commission, Neelie Kroes, Melbourne Press Club

    Opening Remarks by Ambassador Sem Fabrizi at the Keynote Speech by Vice-President Neelie Kroes, European Parliament Elections: Future Directions for Europe and Implications for Australia, Event at RMIT University, Kaleide Theatre (Building 8), 360 Swanston Street, Melbourne, 5.30pm - 7.30pm – 18 June 2014

  • 18/06/14 - Presentation of the 2014 EU-Qantas Journalist Award

    Presentation of the EUQJA to Aaron Patrick, Deputy Editor News, Australian Financial Review, at the National Press Club, Canberra on 18 June 2014

  • 16/06/14 - High Representative Ashton speaks out against sexual violence in conflict

    Sexual violence destroys individuals, families and communities. It is one of the most serious forms of human rights abuse, exacerbates conflict and stands in the way of reconciliation and international peace and security. The majority of crimes go unpunished. To speak out against this terrible crime, High Representative Ashton joined over 900 experts from around the world at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. "Ending the silence on this issue is the first step towards stopping it" Ashton said in London.

  • 16/06/14 - "The Lessons of European Integration for the Indo Pacific"

    Peter Varghese AO, Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Robert Schuman Lecture, Europe Centre, Australian National University, 16 June 2014

  • 14/06/14 - EU Ambassadors say it's #TimeToAct

    European Union Heads of Mission in Canberra, shown here at their regular monthly meeting, have joined the fight against sexual violence in war.

  • 14/06/14 - World Cup opponents diplomatic about Socceroos' chances

    Canberra Times 14 June: World Cup fever pitch hit Canberra as diplomats from the three nations competing  against Australia gathered for a kick and a giggle at Yarralumla Oval. From  left, Spanish ambassador Enrique Viguera, Netherlands ambassador Annemieke  Ruigrok and Chile's charge d'affaires Carlos Moran. Photo: Graham Tidy

  • 10/06/14 - Council discusses European foreign fighters

    At the Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting on 5 and 6 June, ministers discussed the issue of European foreign fighters and returnees from a counter-terrorism perspective.  The discussion was based on a report prepared by the counter-terrorism coordinator, in cooperation with the Commission and the EEAS. This document describes the work done so far on the four priority areas defined by the Council in December 2013 and includes new proposals for action.

  • 06/06/14 - European Union in Australia newsletter 387

    date of issue: 6 June 2014

  • 05/06/14 - Guest of honour Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb

    On 4 June Ambassador Fabrizi hosted a dinner at the EU Residence with the EU Heads of Missions with as a guest of honour the Hon. Andrew Robb MP, Australian Minister for Trade and Investment.

  • 04/06/14 - Europe’s elections – leaving established parties behind?

    In late May 2014, voters across Europe elected new members of the European Parliament (EP) in the largest transnational election in the world – from 28 countries and with almost 400 million voters.  Professor Philomena Murray, Jean Monnet Chair ad personam in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, takes a look at the results.

  • 04/06/14 - EU to set out major contribution to more ambitious global climate action at Bonn conference

    Connie Hedegaard, EU Commissioner for Climate Action, said: The EU will substantially over-achieve its pre-2020 Kyoto Protocol emission targets. This is thanks largely to over a decade of determined policy action by the EU and Member States. We are making a significant contribution to closing the 'ambition gap' between what the world needs to do and what countries intend to do by the end of this decade. The EU will now adopt its contribution to the post-2020 international climate deal by October.”

  • 04/06/14 - European Parliament elections: Future Directions for Europe and Implications for Australia

    Keynote Address by Vice-President Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner responsible for Digital Agenda Date: Wednesday June 18 at 17.30, Venue:  RMIT University - Kaleide Theatre, 360 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC

  • 03/06/14 - Green Week 2014

    The 2014 edition of Green Week, the biggest annual conference on European environment policy, will take place from 3 to 5 June at The Egg Conference Centre, Rue Bara, in Brussels. The theme will be Circular Economy, Resource Efficiency & Waste.

  • 03/06/14 - 2014 Schuman Lecture: Indo-Pacific Lessons from a European Experiment

    Peter Varghese AO, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Monday 16 June 2014 5.00pm – 6.00pm at the ANU Centre for European Studies.

  • 30/05/14 - Visit of General Patrick de Rousiers

    General Patrick de Rousiers, Chairman of the European Union Military Committee and Military Advisor to the EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, visited Australia this week at the invitation of Australia's Chief of the Defence Force, General David Hurley, AC, DSC.

  • 30/05/14 - European elections 2014

    With the elections over, many of the newly elected MEPs are now coming together to form or join transnational political groups in the Parliament on the basis of their political affinities. Political groups enjoy certain advantages, but to be recognised as a group, they need to meet some requirements. The official political groups forming the Parliament should be created by late June in time for the first plenary session on 1 July.

  • 27/05/14 - President José Manuel Barroso - Statement on the outcome of the 2014 European Parliament elections

    "Citizens across the European Union have exercised their democratic right and made their voice count in the European Parliament elections. I thank all those who have voted."

  • 27/05/14 - Council agrees its position on the protection of trade secrets

    At the Competitiveness Council on 26 May, EU ministers adopted the position on the improved protection of trade secrets. This paves the way to starting negotiations with the European Parliament.

  • 24/05/14 - Europe Day in Brisbane 2014

    Wednesday 21 May 2014 at the Greek Club, South Brisbane

  • 22/05/14 - EU Delegation to Australia newsletter 386

    date of publication: 22 May 2014

  • 22/05/14 - Results of the 2014 European Parliament elections

    Follow the results of the 2014 European Parliament elections on the official interactive site

  • 21/05/14 - Australia and Europe in Conversation. 1989 – 2014: The Fall of the Berlin Wall, EU enlargement and its effects on Europe, Australia and the World

    Speech by Ambassador Sem Fabrizi at the Australian National University Centre for European Studies, 20 May 2014

  • 20/05/14 - Trade in Services

    Data issued by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on 20 May 2014 revealed that the EU remained Australia's largest trading partner in services in 2013, representing 19%, or $A22.9bn of Australia's total services trade (+7.0% on 2012), ahead of the United States and China. The EU was the most important export market for Australian services last year, worth $A9.1bn (+8.6%), while it was also Australia's largest supplier of services, at $A14.8bn (+6.1%).

  • 20/05/14 - Green Talents - International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development

    Since 2009, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has held the prestigious “Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development” to promote the international exchange of ideas regarding green solutions.  The award, under the patronage of Federal Minister Professor Johanna Wanka, honours 25 young researchers from around the world each year. The winners come from various scientific disciplines and are recognised for their outstanding achievements in making our societies more sustainable. The Green Talents 2014 will be selected by a high-ranking jury of German experts and are granted unique access to the elite of the country’s sustainability research field.

  • 16/05/14 - Position Vacant: Assistant Trade Affairs Officer

    We are seeking an experienced and highly motivated Assistant Trade Affairs Officer to contribute to the achievement of Delegation objectives in the fields of regional economic, industrial and trade policy, agriculture, market access, investment and business cooperation, food standards, SPS and G20 together with effective planning, coordination and management of all facets of the Delegation’s trade mandate.

  • 15/05/14 - EU Human Rights Guidelines on Freedom of Expression Online and Offline pdf

    The Foreign Affairs Council of 12 May adopted the text of the EU Human Rights Guidelines on Freedom of Expression Online and Offline, pursuant to the relevant task under the Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy.

  • 15/05/14 - #ErasmusPlusChat on Facebook: worldwide opportunities

    Did you know that, in addition to offering 4 million grants over the next seven years for exchanges within the EU and associated countries, Erasmus+ will also fund 135 000 scholarships for short-term study or teaching opportunities involving countries worldwide? Who can apply and how?  Join the chat on 21 May at 11.00am, European time [7.00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time]

  • 13/05/14 - New information on Erasmus Plus

    In 2014, the new Erasmus+ programme replaces the previous Erasmus Mundus and brings all previous actions in the fields of Education, Training, Youth and Sport for the period 2014-2020 under one umbrella. Erasmus+ encourages individual mobility, transnational partnerships and alliances to foster cooperation between organisations and institutions and to stimulate knowledge and innovation in the field of education, training and youth. In particular key action 1 on degree mobility and joint degrees will be of interest to Australian students.

  • 13/05/14 - Australia and Europe in Conversation. 1989 – 2014: The Fall of the Berlin Wall, EU enlargement and its effects on Europe, Australia and the World

    Professor Ian Young, Vice-Chancellor of The Australian National University and H.E. Mr Sem Fabrizi, Ambassador for the European Union to Australia invite you to attend a unique event.  Date: 20 May, 2014 - 17:00 - 18:30. Venue: ANU Centre for European Studies, 1 Liversidge Street (Bldg 67C), Canberra

  • 12/05/14 - EU Enlargement: a substantial success

    "The enlargement of the European Union in 2004 marked the end of the artificial division of Europe by the Cold War. It also had a lasting economic and political impact, both internally and internationally." Ambassador Sem Fabrizi at the Australian Institute of International Affairs, 12 May 2014

  • 12/05/14 - Speech at the Canberra International Music Festival Concert

    Speech by His Excellency Sem Fabrizi, EU Ambassador, on the occasion of Europe Day, at the Canberra International Music Festival Opening Concert, Albert Hall, Canberra, on 9 May 2014

  • 09/05/14 - France and Germany, Croatia and Latvia: Where next for the European Union?

    Presentation by Professor Bruce Wilson, European Centre at RMIT, on the occasion of Europe Day, 8 May

  • 08/05/14 - Europe Day in Australia celebrates peace and unity

    Europe will celebrate Europe Day on May 9 in Canberra with the opening of the Canberra International Music Festival (CIMF) at Albert Hall.

  • 08/05/14 - European Australian Business Council: Europe Day

    Speech by His Excellency Sem Fabrizi, 6 May 2014 at the New South Wales Parliament.

  • 08/05/14 - EU Delegation in Australia newsletter 385

    date of issue: 8 May 2014

  • 05/05/14 - Ambassador's corner

    From 30 April to 3 May Ambassador Sem Fabrizi visited Western Australia, attending a conference at the University of Western Australia on Australia's engagement with Asia, entitled In the Zone 2014: a new narrative for prosperity and power.  He also toured mine sites, Aboriginal sites and a port in the Pilbara.  [Ambassador Fabrizi is pictured with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop]

  • 02/05/14 - Speech by Andrea Nicolaj to The European Union Studies Association of Asia-Pacific

    The European Union Studies Association of Asia-Pacific (EUSAAP) held its first conference, hosted by the RMIT EU Centre and RMIT University, on 1 May 2014.  Andrea Nicolaj, First Counsellor, European Union Delegation to Australia, together with Professor Bruno Mascitelli, opened the conference.

  • 02/05/14 - New cars meet CO2 target two years ahead of the deadline

    Cars sold in 2013 were 4 % more efficient than the year before, according to provisional data. Average carbon dioxide emissions per kilometre have continued to fall, so in 2013 the European Union fleet already collectively met its legal target for 2015.

  • 02/05/14 - EU is Australia's largest investment partner

    Supplementary data issued by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on 1 May 2014 revealed that at the end of 2013, the EU was Australia’s largest investment partner, with two-way investments worth $A1,172bn (+13% on 2012), or 29% of Australia’s two-way investment stocks, ahead of the United States with $A1,130bn.

  • 01/05/14 - Declaration by the High Representative, Catherine Ashton, on behalf of the European Union on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2014

    On the 21st anniversary of World Press Freedom day, the EU reiterates that free, diverse and independent media constitutes one of the cornerstones of a democratic society by facilitating the free flow of information and ideas, and by ensuring transparency and accountability.

  • 01/05/14 - Europe Day 2014

    The European External Action Service (EEAS) will be joining the other European Institutions throughout the month of May to celebrate Europe Day worldwide. EU Delegations will be leading a range of different events in their host countries on the theme of Europe in the World. Lectures, competitions, film festivals and other events organised by the EU Delegations in cooperation with Member States' embassies will demonstrate the best the EU has to offer.

  • 30/04/14 - Media release: 10th Anniversary of the Enlargement of the European Union

    1 May 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the fifth and biggest enlargement of the European Union which saw the accession of eight countries from Central and Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean countries of Cyprus and Malta. Furthermore, as part of that 5th enlargement, Bulgaria and Romania also acceded, but in 2007.

  • 29/04/14 - New EU Sanctions on Russia and Ukraine

    At an extraordinary meeting of the Ambassadors Committee in Brussels on 28 April, the Council adopted by written procedure a new set of measures against actions undermining Ukraine's territorial integrity.

  • 24/04/14 - EU Delegation in Australia newsletter 384

    date of issue: 24 April 2014

  • 23/04/14 - European Union Visitors Program: deadline extended to 30 April

    Applications now invited for the EUVP. The objective of the European Union Visitors Program (EUVP) is to enable young leaders, potential leaders and multipliers from non-EU Member States to obtain first-hand impressions of the Union's policies, Institutions and achievements and to increase the mutual understanding between professionals from non-EU countries and their EU counterparts. Australia and New Zealand have participated in the programme since 1983 sending over 136 visitors to Europe during that time.  A EUVP visit consists of an individual five-to-eight day program of meetings with officials at the EU institutions in Brussels, Strasbourg and/or Luxembourg. All programs are coordinated and arranged by the EUVP Secretariat and not by individual participants. Travel and per diem costs are covered by the EUVP.  Applications close 30 April 2014. 

  • 22/04/14 - New EU support to renewable energy and fighting climate change in the Pacific

    European Commissioner Piebalgs and New Zealand Foreign Minister McCully depart on 23-27 April on a joint mission to the Pacific to see EU-NZ renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. They will visit Samoa, Tuvalu, Kiribati (including Christmas Island) and the Cook Islands to highlight and inaugurate renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

  • 17/04/14 - Foreign Affairs Council: EU Foreign Ministers reiterate support for Ukraine

    The crisis in Ukraine dominated discussions by EU Foreign Ministers in Luxembourg on 14 April at the Foreign Affairs Council. The monthly meeting, which is chaired by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, also discussed Syria and Bosnia and Herzegovina among several issues. In a joint statement, Ministers condemned actions undertaken by armed individuals in cities of Eastern Ukraine and said that attempts at destabilising Ukraine must come to an end. The Council also decided to expand the list of those subject to asset freeze and visa ban.

  • 16/04/14 - The EU and Australia step up cooperation on Development assistance pdf

    On 15 April the EU's Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs and Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop signed a Ministerial Declaration stressing the importance of joined up approaches to development policy.  The declaration marked the commencement of  'Delegated Cooperation' which means that Australia and the EU can implement each other's development funds on a case by case basis which will enhance cooperation and aid effectiveness. For the European Union this is the first time that such an arrangement has been completed with a third country. At this stage the EU will implement Australian funds in South Sudan in a project to support the Government of South Sudan’s Ministry of Animal Resources and Fisheries. In the Pacific Australia will implement EU Funds in Fiji to improve the livelihood of the sugar cane dependent populations by promoting income generation through sugar cane farming or alternative livelihoods.

  • 16/04/14 - EU and Australia in the World: Creating Change, Driving Progress

    Ambassador Sem Fabrizi's first public lecture in Adelaide on 9 April emphasised the depth and breadth of the EU-Australia relationship as well as outlining the global nature of the EU economic, foreign and security policies. He also stressed that the re-emergence of Asia is one of the mega trends shaping our world and that the EU-Australia relationship is evolving to adapt to the changing geopolitics of the region.

  • 11/04/14 - Ambassador Sem Fabrizi: Remarks to the Horizon 2020 Information Event in Adelaide

    Perspectives on the importance of EU–Australia research and innovation collaboration: The European view - Remarks to the Horizon 2020 Information Event, by Ambassador Sem Fabrizi, 9 April 2014 Adelaide, South Australia

  • 11/04/14 - EU Delegation in Australia newsletter 383

    date of issue: 11 April 2014

  • 11/04/14 - Applications invited for the European Union-QANTAS Journalist Award

    Applications are now invited for the European Union-QANTAS Journalist Award.  The Award is open to an Australian journalist of not less than three years experience in the print or electronic media, who can satisfy the selection panel that he or she would benefit from a working visit to EU institutions and two to three Member States. While the subject of the project proposal is open to the journalist's particular interests, it must be based on European integration themes. Applications close 9 May 2014.

  • 08/04/14 - European Union Ambassador in Adelaide

    The European Union's Ambassador to Australia, H.E. Mr Sem Fabrizi, having recently arrived in Canberra, will make his first visit to Adelaide on 9-10 April.

  • 08/04/14 - EU Ambassador to deliver keynote speech at the University of Adelaide

    Ambassador of the European Union to Australia and New Zealand, Mr Sem Fabrizi, will deliver a special public lecture on April 9 at Elder Hall 11 am - EU and Australia in the World: Creating Change, Driving Progress - sponsored by the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia.

  • 07/04/14 - German Grant for Journalism: applications now open

    Awarded by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany.  Applications close 30 May 2014

  • 02/04/14 - Horizon 2020: funding opportunities for Australian researchers

    Date: Wednesday 9th April 2014, Time: 1.30pm to 3.30pm, Venue: Building 408, Room 2038 (case study room in CBS) Curtin University, Western Australia

  • 01/04/14 - European Union and Australia: Key Facts

    The 2014 updated version of the booklet European Union and Australia: Key Facts, which gives an overview of facts and statistics on this very important relationship, is now available.  Your can download it here, however, if you would like a hard copy, please contact us on delegation-australia@eeas.europa.eu

  • 01/04/14 - Living Democracy: the cultural cost of war

    Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House presents a Canberra International Music Festival preview event, Thursday 10 April 6.00pm. CIMF Artistic Director, Chris Latham, and ABC 666's Alex Sloan discuss the cultural cost of war with a distinguished panel of EU Ambassadors.

  • 28/03/14 - EU Delegation in Australia newsletter 382

    date of issue: 28 March 2014

  • 26/03/14 - Deepening the partnership between New Zealand and the EU pdf

    Joint declaration by President Van Rompuy, President Barroso and New Zealand Prime Minister Key

  • 24/03/14 - Presentation on Horizon 2020 in Adelaide

    Opportunities for Collaboration for Australian Researchers.  Wednesday 9 April, 2014, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm, The Science Exchange 55 Exchange Place Adelaide SA 5000

  • 24/03/14 - Towards closer Australia-EU Relations?

    A roundtable presented by the Monash European and EU Centre, Monash University and the School of Social and Political Sciences, the University of Melbourne, Friday 28 March 2014, 12.00 noon to 2.00pm.  Presentation by Dr Bruno Scholl, Counsellor, Head of Political, Press and Information section, Delegation of the EU to Australia

  • 14/03/14 - Ambassador Fabrizi: Remarks at the Horizon 2020 Information Event

    An event at RMIT in Melbourne on 12 March aimed at providing Australian researchers with a better understanding of the structure, objectives, instruments and work programme of Horizon 2020, and providing Australian researchers with details on how they can participate in Horizon 2020.  Ambassador Sem Fabrizi, speaking at the presentation, said "Horizon 2020 has a budget of €79bn over the period 2014 to 2020, which is around 27 per cent more than the previous financial framework period. In a budget inspired by fiscal consolidation  and budget containment, particular emphasis has been given to pro-growth policies. And R&I is one of these."

  • 14/03/14 - EU Delegation in Australia newsletter 381

    date of issue: 14 March 2013

  • 13/03/14 - EU balloon at the Canberra Balloon Festival

    The Canberra Balloon Spectacular is listed as one of the top four hot air ballooning events in the world.  The event is one of a kind and one of the few places in the world where hot air balloons can fly so close to houses of government and buildings of national significance.

  • 11/03/14 - Building research infrastructure links between Australia and the European Union

    Australia and the European Union (EU) share a common approach to investing and prioritising research infrastructure.  This year, following a successful Department of Education hosted delegation visit of 17 members from the EU in 2013, an International Conference for Research Infrastructure 2014 will be held in Athens on 2–4 April.  The Conference — co-organised by the European Commission and Greece under the Presidency of the EU — will be another opportunity to broaden international discussion of important issues in research infrastructure.

  • 11/03/14 - ABC Radio, Law Report - Hungary: Democracy Distorted?

    Tuesday 11 March 2014 5:30pm, repeated: Wednesday  12 March 5:30amWhile all eyes are glued to the cascading events  in Ukraine and Russia, within the boundaries of the European Union, there's another insidious dilemma: a number of member states are tampering with the basic EU wide laws which protect their citizens.  Presented by Damien Carrick

  • 08/03/14 - Equality for women is progress for all : Celebrating Women's Day 2014

    Originally called International Working Women's Day, 8 March started as a Socialist political event. International Women's Day was first observed as a popular event after 1977 when the United Nations General Assembly invited member states to proclaim March 8 as the UN Day for women's rights and world peace.

  • 08/03/14 - EU HR Catherine Ashton on the occasion of International Women's Day 2014 pdf

    "Today, on International Women's Day, we celebrate the real transformation the world has witnessed in women's rights, thanks both to individual achievements and our common participation in political life. Women have made great advances, but there is still a long way to go to achieve a world free from gender-based discrimination. Equal access to education and health services and the chance to become a full participant in political life is everyone’s right and an essential ingredient of democracy. Long-term stability and development can only be achieved if violence and discrimination against women are addressed. "

  • 28/02/14 - EU Delegation to Australia Newsletter 380

    Date of Issue : 28 February 2014

  • 25/02/14 - Fire and the Rose: exploring the music of war

    The arts suffered during both World Wars, but despite the turmoil, beautiful music was created.  In 2014, the Canberra International Music Festival has a theme of "Fire and the Rose".  In collaboration with the Canberra International Music Festival, the EU Delegation will present a Europe Day Concert on 9 May.  In the leadup, ABC Radio 666 Afternoons presents this fascinating series.  In the first instalment, Sem Fabrizi, EU Ambassador to Australia, joined Alex Sloan and Chris Latham in the studio to profile this unique artistic endeavour. "The European Union is based on the idea that you can reconcile and cooperate to make war impossible."  Stay tuned for more information!

  • 21/02/14 - Presentation on Horizon 2020

    Opportunities for Australian Researchers.  Wednesday 12 March at the European Union Centre at RMIT

  • 21/02/14 - The CAP Reform Explained. Drivers of a Shift in Policy Paradigm.

    Tassos Haniotis - Director, Economic Analysis, Perspectives and Evaluations; Communication, European Commission.  Thursday 6 March 2014 6.00pm – 7.00pm

  • 19/02/14 - Cooperation between the UN and the European Union

    United Nations Security Council: Statement by H.E. Mr Gary Quinlan, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Australia to the United Nations [in response to the statement by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton]

  • 18/02/14 - Ashton tells UN Security Council: EU is committed partner for UN in search for international peace

    In a wide-ranging statement to the UN Security Council in New York on 14 February 2014, High Representative Catherine Ashton spoke about ways in which the EU was working with the UN. She reiterated the "strong commitment of the European Union to support and work for effective multilateralism, with the United Nations at its core, in search of lasting solutions to critical international peace and security challenges."

  • 17/02/14 - Erasmus+ - what is new for higher education?

    Erasmus+ entered into force on 1 January 2014. It covers the different education sectors ranging from school to adult education as well as youth non-formal learning. As such, the new programme offers more opportunities for higher education to work with partners in the other education and youth sectors.

  • 14/02/14 - European Union Fellow appointed to the ANU Centre for European Studies

    The ANU Centre for European Studies and the Delegation of the European Union to Australia are very pleased to welcome Mr Simon Smith as the EU Fellow to Australia for 2013/14.

  • 13/02/14 - EU Delegation in Australia newsletter 379

    date of issue: 13 February 2014

  • 12/02/14 - EU registers record trade surplus with Australia

    December trade data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on 7 February 2014 confirmed that the EU remained Australia's third-largest merchandise trading partner in 2013 (after China and Japan), being its second-largest source of imports (18% of total Australian imports) and fourth largest market for exports (5%, after China, Japan and South Korea). The EU accounted for 11% of Australia’s total two-way merchandise trade in 2013, with bilateral trade worth $A55.2 billion, slightly down on 2012.

  • 12/02/14 - Coming to terms with the Communist Past: The Institute of National Remembrance in Poland

    Monday 17 February 2014, 6.00 - 8.00 pm, Room 237, Building H, 900 Dandenong Road, Monash University

  • 12/02/14 - Ukraine, Cuba, Central Africa Republic discussed at Foreign Affairs Council

    The political crisis in Ukraine, support for reform in Cuba and a new EU military operation to support the troubled Central African Republic were discussed by EU Foreign Ministers on Monday 10 February.

  • 12/02/14 - EU deeply engaged in helping the people of Ukraine through political crisis

    Eastern Partnership was the first topic of discussion at the Meeting of the Council of the European Union in Brussels on 10 February. EU Foreign Ministers focused in particular on the situation in Ukraine and High Representative/Vice-President Ashton debriefed them on her visit to Kyiv of the previous week.

  • 11/02/14 - Europe Street at the National Multicultural Festival

    On Saturday 8 February 2014, all 24 of the European Union member countries represented in Canberra took part in the National Multicultural Festival, forming Europe Street.

  • 07/02/14 - Encounter Europe: Call for proposals 2013 EU ICI-ECP Programme

    Call for proposals 2013 EU ICI-ECP Programme, For Joint Mobility Projects (JMP) and Joint Degree Projects (JDP) - closes 15 May 2014

  • 07/02/14 - Australian European University Institute Fellowships Association Inc

    Applications are now invited for Australian European University Institute Fellowships which provide the opportunity to carry out research at the European University Institute in Florence – the high profile research institute established by the Member States of the founding European Communities in 1972. A six-month Postdoctoral Fellowship will be offered for the period January-June 2015. Two three-month Postgraduate Fellowships will be offered for the period September-December 2014. In addition, one fellowship will be offered for a Visiting Scholar from an Australian university for one month during the period January-June 2015.

  • 04/02/14 - What future for Ukraine?

    A roundtable presented by the Monash European and EU Centre and the Mykola Zerov Centre for Ukrainian Studies, Monash University, Wednesday 19 February - 6.00-8.00pm Lecture theatre H1.25, Building H 900 Dandenong Road, Caulfield East Monash University Caulfield campus.  On 30 November 2013, demonstrators protesting against the Ukrainian government’s decision to discontinue preparations for signing an Association Agreement with the European Union were violently attacked by riot police. These actions gave rise to two months of largely peaceful protest by hundreds of thousands of people in Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities. The protests soon become expressions of popular discontent with the escalating government authoritarianism.

  • 31/01/14 - EU Delegation to Australia Newsletter 378

    Issue Date : 31 January 2014

  • 29/01/14 - EU remembers victims of Holocaust

    On the occasion of Holocaust Remembrance Day High Representative Catherine Ashton stated: "Today the international community remembers the victims of the Holocaust. We honour every one of those brutally murdered in the darkest period of European history. We also want to pay a special tribute to all those who acted with courage and sacrifice to protect their fellow citizens against persecution. On Holocaust Remembrance Day, we must keep alive the memory of this tragedy. It is an occasion to remind us all of the need to continue fighting prejudice and racism in our own time. We must remain vigilant against the dangers of hate speech and redouble our commitment to prevent any form of intolerance. The respect of human rights and diversity lies at the heart of what the European Union stands for. "

  • 29/01/14 - Geneva II Conference on Syria, Montreux

    On 22 January, Syria's government and opposition met for the first time in three years at a U.N. peace conference in Switzerland, along with delegates from international and regional powers. High Representative Catherine Ashton participated in the ‘Geneva 2’ Peace Conference, reiterating the EU's longstanding position of support to the peace process that should lead to a political solution to the conflict.

  • 23/01/14 - European Union action on climate

    2030 climate and energy goals for a competitive, secure and low-carbon EU economy

  • 22/01/14 - Sophie Di Francesco-Mayot, University of Melbourne and Monash University graduate, successful in bid for EEAS traineeship

    Sophie Di Francesco-Mayot, who has recently submitted her PhD from the University of Melbourne, having previously graduated from the Monash European and EU Centre, was recently offered an internship at the European External Action Service in Brussels.  Here is her story.

  • 22/01/14 - Council lifts certain EU sanctions on Iran

    Ministers in the Foreign Affairs Council on 20 January suspended certain EU restrictive measures against Iran, following confirmation of Iran's compliance with nuclear measures in the agreed joint action plan.  The action plan agreed by the EU+3 (China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK and the United States) and Iran in 24 November 2013 lays out a series of measures to address global concerns about Iran's nuclear programme. As a first step, it requires both sides to implement a series of voluntary measures for a period of six months. Iran committed to addressing the most pressing concerns about their nuclear activities, including suspending nuclear enrichment above 5%, freezing enrichment capacity, significantly reducing their stockpile of enriched uranium and allowing international nuclear inspectors better access to key Iranian nuclear sites.

  • 22/01/14 - Suspension of Iran sanctions, Syria, and Central African Republic dominate EU Foreign Affairs Council, 20 January 2014

    The European Union's foreign and security policy took several important steps Monday as EU Foreign Ministers meeting in Brussels agreed to suspend certain sanctions against Iran and fully support a peace conference on the civil war in Syria this week. The meeting, which was chaired by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, also agreed that the EU would launch a security and defence operation in the Central African Republic for a duration of six months.

  • 17/01/14 - EU Delegation in Australia newsletter 377

    date of issue: 17 January

  • 16/01/14 - Were the Portuguese the first Europeans to set foot in Australia?

    Australian media reports that a tiny drawing of a kangaroo in a 16th century Portuguese manuscript could rewrite Australian history. The European discovery of Australia has been officially credited to the Dutch voyage headed by Willem Janszoon in 1606, but the Portuguese drawing predates this by around 80 years. ''A kangaroo or a wallaby in a manuscript dated this early is proof that the artist of this manuscript had either been in Australia or even more interestingly, that traveller's reports and drawings of the interesting animals found in this new world were already available in Portugal,'' Les Enluminures researcher Laura Light said. ''Portugal was extremely secretive about her trade routes during this period, explaining why their presence there wasn't widely known.'' 

  • 16/01/14 - Regulation and Redress: the emerging EU model of influencing corporate behaviours, enforcement, class actions, and ADR

    Speaker: Professor Christopher Hodges, University of Oxford, Date: Monday 17 February 2014 from 5.30 - 6.30pm.  Venue: Sparke Helmore Theatre 1, ANU College of Law

  • 16/01/14 - SQuadrille dance festival

    Join us in breaking a new Guinness World Record in SQuadrille dance!

  • 09/01/14 - Greek Presidency of the Council of the EU: aims and priorities

    On 8 January in Athens Greece officially started its six-month stint in the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU.  For its fifth-time presidency programme Greece chose the motto “Europe: Our Common Quest”. The programme focuses on four main areas: growth, jobs and cohesion; further deepening of economic and monetary union; migration, borders and mobility; and maritime policy. 

  • 09/01/14 - Call for EABC-ANUCES Fellowship Program Applications

    Closing date for applications: 28 February 2014

  • 03/01/14 - A successful start for the euro changeover in Latvia

    On 1 January 2014, Latvia adopted the euro as its official currency and the changeover is running smoothly and according to plan. The previous national currency – the lat – is now being phased out during a transitional two-week dual circulation period.

  • 01/01/14 - End of restrictions on free movement of workers from Bulgaria and Romania - statement by László Andor, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

    Today marks the lifting of the last restrictions on the free movement of workers from Bulgaria and Romania. From today, Bulgarian and Romanian citizens are able to fully exercise their right to work in all EU countries without a work permit.