There has been a minute's silence at the Asia-Europe meeting in Mongolia in the wake of the terrorist attack in the south of France on Bastille Day. Fifty three leaders attending the 11th ASEM summit have stood and paid their respects on the opening morning of the event being held in Mongolia.
The European Union has underlined the strategic importance of the Asian region in its global strategy.
The strategy, which is titled "Shared Vision, Common Action: A Stronger Europe ", said there was a direct connection between European prosperity and Asian security. The strategy says peace and stability in Asia are a prerequisite for European prosperity.
06/06/16 - EU takes part in Europe Now interview series
A new interview series focused on European issues has been told the world's largest investor in science and research, the European Union, has signed or is preparing 80 innovative collaborations with Australian experts worth more than $300 million. The EU's investment in Australian innovation is one of the topics discussed in an online interview series put together by the Hawke EU Centre for Mobilities, Migrations and Cultural Transformations at the University of South Australia.
- 30/05/16 - EU and Australia: Investing for a greener future
The NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres, will join four European ambassadors in Sydney tomorrow for the start of EU Green Week to highlight the role investment can play in a brighter and greener future. Minister Ayres, the ambassadors from the European Union, France, Finland and Denmark, as well as Sustainable Business Australia, will participate in a public panel event in the CBD titled, "Investing for a greener future".
- 30/05/16 - European Union-QANTAS Journalist Award calls for entries
Journalists are invited to apply for the 2016 European Union-QANTAS Journalist Award. The award is open to an Australian journalist with more than three years working experience in print or electronic media. They will need to satisfy the selection panel that he or she would benefit from a working visit to the European Union 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 themes relevant to an Australian audience.
- 24/05/16 - 33 percent of Australians born in the EU
Migration data published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveals that of Australia's estimated resident population born overseas of 6.7 million at 30 June 2015, 33 per cent, or 2.2 million people, were born in the EU.
- 10/05/16 - Innovating Europe Day at the National Museum in Canberra
Innovation was the prized guest at a Europe Day event in Canberra on 9 May, with the spotlight on EU-Australian Partnerships in innovation. These included space, research and science among the many others that Australia and the EU collaborate on.
- 22/04/16 - Signing on to a more secure and stable world
On the occassion of the singing of the Paris Climate Agreement in New York on 22 April, EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Canete together with the HR/VP Federica Mogherini have penned an opinion piece on what is needed to continue to build a safer, greener and globally active world. Highlighting the climate diplomacy work accomplished in the last year with the EU mobilising its network of 3,000 EU delegations and member state embassies across the globe, in the lead up to the Paris Climate conference. Full op-ed below.
- 07/04/16 - Six ways the EU is fighting terrorism and managing migration
EU Ambassador to Australia H.E. Sem Fabrizi has penned a piece published on Australian think tank The Lowy Institute's website focusing on migration and the European Union. "The recent terror attacks in Brussels shocked Europe and the world. In the aftermath, there has been considerable debate over the link between terrorism and migration. This is not surprising, given the refugee crisis, and that the two problems are connected with the conflict in Syria and the threat posed by ISIS, Ambassador Fabrizi begins in his piece, Six ways the EU is fighting terrorism and managing migration . "There is a need for a better understanding of the European Union strategy to fight terrorism, and the separate policy to manage migration."
- 23/03/16 - Diplomats, Governor General gather at Belgian Embassy in Canberra
The European Diplomatic Corps including the European Union's Ambassador to Australia H.E Sem Fabrizi gathered at the Belgian Embassy in Canberra to pay their respects by signing a condolence book and expressed their shock at the Brussels attacks which took place on 22 March. The EU Ambassador to Australia relayed the joint statement released on 22 March of the EU Heads of State of Government and the leaders of the EU institutions on the terrorist attacks in Brussels.
- 21/03/16 - EU - Australia FTA Consultation launched by the European Commission
The European Commission has opened a public consultation intended to gather detailed views relating to the future trade and economic relationship between the European Union and Australia and New Zealand, respectively. The results of the consultation will feed into the Impact Assessment which Commission services are currently preparing with regards to potential Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) between the European Union and Australia and New Zealand. The online consultation will be open for 12 weeks, closing on Friday 3 June 2016. For more information or additional questions please contact: TRADE-CONSULTATION-AUSTRALIA-NEW-ZEALAND@ec.europa.eu Direct link to the consultation
- 21/03/16 - European Union Visitors Programme - call for applicants
The European Union Visitors Programme (EUVP) is open for application for two Australians to visit the European institutions and get to know 'the heart of Europe' in person. The EUVP Secretariat in Brussels organises an individually-tailored five to eight-working day programme for participants. Eligibility is extended to those working in youth leadership, politicians, journalists foreign affairs specialists, academics specialising in EU and international affairs, trade union leaders, scientists etc. If interested or know someone who would benefit from such a trip further details can be found here. Applications close on 8 April, 2016.
- 16/03/16 - EU Smart Specialisation innovates Australian region with RDA Hunter
EU Ambassador to Australia and New Zealand H.E Sem Fabrizi spoke at the launch of the Smart Specialisation Strategy in the Hunter Valley at Parliament House on 16 March 2016. "Smart specialisation Strategy (S3) is a key public-private/EU-regional partnership for economic development through targeted support to research and innovation.. a 'gateway' to funding support for regions and sectoral development," Ambassador Fabrizi said. He congratulated Regional Development Australia Hunter Vallery region (RDA Hunter) as well as the austrlaian government, "particularly the Prime Minister for bringing forward the NISA "ideas boom""
- 15/03/16 - Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on Recent Developments in the South China Sea
The European Union 's HR/VP Federica Mogherini has released a declaration on behalf of the European Union addressing the recent developments in the South China sea. In this declaraction she reminds that the European Union is committed to maintaining a legal order for the seas and oceans based upon the principles of international law, as reflected notably in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) . This includes the maintenance of maritime safety, security, and cooperation, freedom of navigation and overflight.
- 08/03/16 - EU relentlessly combats inequality, sexism, gender based violence
The European External Action Service's HR/VP Federica Mogherini, the First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans and seven other Commissioners have signed a joint statement to mark International Women's Day 2016. "Today we celebrate women. We celebrate their role in society, at work, in our families and lives. We also remember their suffering, hardship and injustice, which for many is still a reality today. It is also true that we must promote gender equality not just today, on International Women's Day, but every day," notes the joint statement. "Since the very start of our European project, the European Union has been committed to achieving gender equality both within our borders and across the globe. We are proud of what we have achieved so
- 01/03/16 - New survey shows highest support for development aid amongst EU citizens in 6 years
A new European Union study has found Europeans overwhelmingly endorse using development aid to tackle some of the Continent's greatest challenges. New figures show that almost nine out of ten EU citizens support development aid (89% - a 4 percentage point increase since 2014). More than half say that promised levels of aid should be delivered by the EU, with a further 16% saying aid should be increased beyond what is already promised. EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, has presented the results from the EU's International Cooperation and Development Eurobarometer survey. Figures show the vast majority of Europeans hold a positive view about the benefits of international cooperation and development.
- 23/02/16 - EU funds ambitious Square Kilometre Array study
The world’s largest radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array, is one step closer to reality thanks to European Union funding announced today. The international SKA project is one of the largest scientific endeavours in history, bringing together scientists and engineers with industry and governments around the world, to design a mega-science facility that will transform the way we understand the Universe. The EU has allocated funding of $A 8m under its Horizon 2020 science and research program to help support the detailed design of the infrastructure required at the two SKA co-host sites – the Murchison region of Western Australia and the Karoo region of South Africa. The funds will come from the EU's $A 120 billion science and research program, known as Horizon 2020.
- 11/02/16 - Call for Australian European University Institute Fellows
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 2017. One three-month Postgraduate Fellowship will be offered for the period September-December 2016. In addition, one fellowship will be offered for a Visiting Scholar from an Australian university for one month during the period January-June 2017.
- 11/02/16 - National Multicultural Festival your "Passport to the EU"
The European Union Delegation to Australia has teamed up with the National Multicultural Festival to create a pop-up EU Village on Saturday 13 February in the heart of Canberra. At 9:45am 13 February EU Ambassador to Australia, H.E. Sem Fabrizi and the ACT Minister responsible for Multicultural Affairs Yvette Berry MLA will officially open the EU village. Ambassador Fabrizi invites everyone,“to come and visit the EU Village – where else will you experience the diversity of a whole continent without having to travel thousands of miles to do so?” Collect your EU Passport from the EU Delegation marquee and 'stamp' your way around Europe by visiting each of the stalls represented in the EU Village (see below for a full list of participating countries). Those stamped by all countries present will receive a prize from the EU marquee.
- 22/01/16 - Happy New Year 2016 from Ambassador Fabrizi
It has been a busy start for what looks to be a busy year! Happy New Year to all. Beginning in January with 'Windows on Europe' at the Flickerfest International short Film Festival we looked at the audiovisual sector and increasing EU short film participation to such an iconic Festival on Bondi beach. Furthermore, we are looking to deliver an intense series of activities throughout this year, starting with the EU village at the National Multicultural Festival in February, Europe Day in May and the EU Qantas Journalism Award at the National Press Club, to name but a few. At policy level, in 2016 we will seek the signing of the European Union - Australia Framework Partnership following on from six years of negotiations; the launch of the innovative and brand new EU Australian Leadership Forum, and the advancement of the trade talks for a possible European Union - Australian