Music enthusiasts turned out in force on 6 December at Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica in Ottawa for the 6th annual European Union Christmas Concert – a unique occasion to enjoy Christmas carols and songs in various European languages.
Minister-Counsellor Manfred Auster, Head of the Political and Public Affairs Section at the European Union Delegation to Canada, visited Maple Ridge Elementary School in Orleans on 3 December to talk about the EU to 40 students.
European Union Ambassador Marie-Anne Coninsx and her colleagues from the EU Member States met on 28 November with the Honourable Chris Alexander, Canadian Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, at the EU Delegation in Ottawa.
European Union Ambassador Marie-Anne Coninsx made an official visit to British Columbia 20-23 November, which coincided with the launch of the 16th edition of the European Union Film Festival in Vancouver.
19/11/13 - Ambassador Coninsx meets Premier Wynne
European Union Ambassador Marie-Anne Coninsx met with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne during her first official visit to the Ontario Legislature on 18 November.
The European Union Delegation hosted a gala to mark the inauguration of the 28th edition of the EU Film Festival on 13 November with the screening of the Lithuanian film "The Other Dream Team." In her remarks, European Union Ambassador Marie-Anne Coninsx spoke of the EU Film Festival as a reflection of the close collaboration between the EU and EU Member States and of the strong cultural ties between Canada and the EU.
12/11/13 - EU-Canada Political Dialogue 12 November
The Political Directors of the EU and Canada, Helga Schmid and Kerry Buck, conducted the EU-Canada Political Dialogue in Ottawa on 12 November. These high-level talks are a regular event between the Strategic Partner countries. As like-minded partners, Canada and the EU compare notes on main international issues like the Sahel zone, the Middle East and North Korea. Counter-terrorism and non-proliferation issues were also discussed.
Ottawa's diplomatic corps joined Canadian dignitaries in marking Remembrance Day at the War Memorial on 11 November. Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Governor General David Johnston and Senate Speaker Noël Kinsella were also in attendance.
European Union Ambassador Marie-Anne Coninsx was one of the keynote speakers at the 12th annual edition of Carrefour Europe in Montreal on 6 November. The event was organized by the European chambers of commerce and the European Union Centre of Excellence.
The 28th edition of the European Union Film Festival (EUFF) was officially launched on 5 November at a media lunch hosted by the European Union Delegation to Canada. The festival runs from 14 November to 1 December. This year, the EUFF presents films from 27 European Union Member States, all Ottawa premieres. Two other editions of the European Union Film Festival will be held in Toronto (14-27 November) and in Vancouver (22 November - 5 December).
European Union Ambassador Marie-Anne Coninsx was among the guests at a reception hosted by Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, and Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister Responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec on 29 October on Parliament Hill.
European Union Ambassador Marie-Anne Coninsx embarked on a three-day official visit to Alberta on 16 October with stops in Edmonton and Calgary. In Edmonton, Ambassador Coninsx met with the Honourable Alison Redford, Premier of Alberta, and senior government officials.
European Union Ambassador Marie-Anne Coninsx presented her credentials to Governor General David Johnston on 3 October during an official ceremony in Quebec City. "Over the next four years, I intend to reach out to Canadians to inform about the European Union and to advocate the importance of the European Union's strategic partnership with Canada," said Ambassador Coninsx.
The European Union Delegation to Canada was among the participants at the Study and Go Abroad Fair in Ottawa on 22 September – an opportunity for EU representatives to present study and career opportunities in the EU. The European Union provides study opportunities for all international students and promotes student mobility, higher education and intercultural exchanges.
European Union Ambassador Marie-Anne Coninsx welcomed a group of European students on 11 September, as part of a Trans-Atlantic study tour known as "Thinking Canada." The visit to the EU Delegation featured welcome remarks by Ambassador Coninsx as well as presentations by Manfred Auster, Head of the Political and Public Affairs Section, and Karsten Mecklenburg, Head of the Economic, Commercial and Trade Section.
16/09/13 - EU Delegation joins annual Northern tour
The EU Delegation's Chargé d'Affaires recently joined 21 other heads of diplomatic missions on the annual Northern tour organized by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affaires, Trade and Development. Manfred Auster congratulated the organizers on an intensive programme "that gave the participants deep first-hand impressions of the chances and challenges for further economic development 'North of sixty.'
04/07/13 - EU welcomes Croatia as its 28th Member State
To mark Croatia's accession to the European Union, H.E. Matthias Brinkmann, European Union Ambassador to Canada, and H.E. Veselko Grubišic, Ambassador of Croatia to Canada, co-hosted a flag ceremony at the European Union Delegation on July 3.
European Union Ambassador Matthias Brinkmann met with Prince Edward Island Premier Robert Ghiz on 14 May during an official visit to the Atlantic province. While in Charlottetown, Ambassador Brinkmann also met with Allen Roach, Minister of Innovation and Advanced Learning, George Webster, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, and Ron MacKinley, Minister of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development.
15/05/13 - Celebrating Europe Day in Canada
The European Union Delegation and the Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association held a joint reception at the Government Conference Centre on 9 May to mark the 63rd anniversary of the Schuman Declaration.
Christian Leffler, Managing Director for the Americas with the European External Action Service, concluded a four-day visit to Canada on 24 April. The visit included stops in Iqaluit (Nunavut) and Ottawa.
First Counsellor Maurizio Cellini, Head of the Economic, Commercial and Trade Section at the European Union Delegation to Canada, joined an open table discussion on 10 April in Calgary, which focused on the EU-Canada negotiations for a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).
About 30 international baccalaureate students at Michaëlle-Jean primary public school in Ottawa received an exceptional visit on 15 April by Mr. José Antonio Torres Lacasa, Minister-Counsellor, Political and Public Affairs Section at the European Union Delegation to Canada.
15/04/13 - Young Architects of Spain coming to Canada
"Young Architects of Spain" - a travelling exhibit showcasing the extraordinary work of several emerging Spanish architects - is coming to Canada. The official opening (featuring a lecture “on reuse” by Iñaqui Carnicero) takes place on April 25 at Carleton University, Azrieli School of Architecture. The exhibition runs through May 15.
The 6th German Language Filmfest gets underway on 18 April with the screening of Austrian film “Die Wand [401 KB] ” (The Wall) by Julian Pölsler. Germany will present "Die Kriegerin" (The Warrior) on 20 April, followed by Swiss film "Der Verdingbub" (The Foster Boy) on 25 April.
Award-winning Polish Canadian author Eva Stachniak will present her latest book "The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great" at the 17 April European book club. The event is organized in collaboration with the Ottawa chapter of the European National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC).
The European Union organized a day-long conference on 20 March that looked at the greening of economies as a growing global trend. The conference offered an opportunity for Canadians and Europeans to share best practices and discuss ways of enhancing environmental cooperation.
The EU Delegation to Canada was among the 160 exhibitors at the 19th annual Travel & Vacation Show at the Ottawa Convention Centre 9-10 March.
15/03/13 - Trade mission to Toronto
European Union First Counsellor Maurizio Cellini, Head of the Economic, Commercial and Trade Section, led a delegation of diplomats representing 23 EU Member State Embassies on a trade mission to Toronto on 5 March.
Hundreds of Canadian students attended the 22nd edition of the Study and Go Abroad fair in Montreal to learn more about study opportunities in Europe. It was an excellent opportunity for European Union Delegation representatives to meet young professionals and their families to discuss study and career options in the European Union.
European Union Chargé d'affaires Manfred Auster travelled to Iqaluit 25-27 February to meet with Nunavut government officials, Inuit organizations and high school students. The visit is part of ongoing efforts to reach out to Canadians in all corners of the country.
15/02/13 - European book club 20 February
The European book club returns for another exciting season, this year in partnership with the Ottawa Public Library. The first session gets underway Wednesday, 20 February with Aurorarama, a novel by French author Jean Christophe Valtat.
Educated at Ecole Normale Superieure and the Sorbonne, Mr. Valtat lives in Paris and teaches comparative literature. He has written short stories and novels, in addition to award-winning radio-plays and a movie, which he also co-directed.
The third annual edition of Bright Nights: The Baltic-Nordic Film Festival gets underway 8 February and runs through 1 March. The festival opens with the screening of the Swedish film Simon and the Oakes (Simon och ekarna) and features a broad selection of contemporary films from Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
For a second consecutive year, staff at the European Union Delegation to Canada successfully organized a food drive to benefit the Ottawa Food Bank.
On 10 December, the European Union and the Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association jointly celebrated the awarding of the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union with a reception at the Government Conference Centre in Ottawa.
23/11/12 - Belgian Ambassador Bruno van der Pluijm visits L’Odyssée public elementary school in Orléans
International baccalaureate students at L’Odyssée elementary school in Orléans had the opportunity to learn more about the European Union during a special visit by Belgium's Ambassador Bruno van der Pluijm on 22 November.
European Union Ambassador Matthias Brinkmann and representatives of EU diplomatic missions welcomed European cinema lovers to the 27th annual European Union Film Festival on 14 November. The EU Film Festival Opening Gala also included speeches by Irish Ambassador Ray Bassett and Cypriot General Consul Jacovos Giragosian.
14/11/12 - Ambassadors Speakers Series
European Union Ambassador Matthias Brinkmann gave a speech at Carleton University on 13 November, as part of the Ambassadors Speakers Series.
European Union Ambassador Matthias Brinkmann joined Remembrance Day commemorations in Ottawa on 11 November.
European Union Ambassador Matthias Brinkmann made an official visit to Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 22 October. The visit included meetings with Premier Darrell Dexter, the Lieutenant Governor J.J. Grant, Fisheries and Aquaculture Deputy Minister Rosalind Penfound, and the Honorary Consuls of the EU Member States based in Halifax.
22/10/12 - European Union Ambassador Matthias Brinkmann speaks about the EU at Omer-Deslauriers secondary school
About 30 international baccalaureate students at Omer-Deslauriers secondary school had the opportunity to learn more about the European Union during a special visit by European Union Ambassador Matthias Brinkmann on 18 October.
European Union Ambassador Matthias Brinkmann and Ambassadors of EU Member States met with Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, and Steve Verheul, Canada’s chief trade negotiator, on 2 October.
28/09/12 - European Union Delegation joins Arctic forum
European Union Ambassador Matthias Brinkmann was part of a panel discussion at "Circumpolar Challenges: An Ambitious Agenda for the Arctic Council" conference on 27 September.
The European Union Delegation to Canada was among participating diplomatic missions at the Study and Go Abroad Fair in Ottawa on 26 September. The event offered a chance to meet Canadian students, young professionals and their families and discuss study and career opportunities in the European Union.
Students enrolled in the international baccalaureate program at Gisèle-Lalonde secondary school in Orleans received a special visit on September 26 from Mr. Philippe Zeller, Ambassador of France to Canada.
The European Union Delegation to Canada hosted on 7 September a group of 27 European university students on a four-week EU-Canada study tour called Thinking Canada.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Stephen Harper expressed their support for a successful conclusion of the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) negotiations during an official visit by the Chancellor 15-16 August 2012.
European Union First Counsellor José Antonio Torres Lacasa delivered a speech on 6 August at the opening ceremony of the 15th edition of Simulation du Parlement européen Canada-Quebec-Europe (SPECQUE) – the largest French-speaking simulation exercise of the European Parliament.
First Counsellor Maurizio Cellini, head of the Economic, Commercial and Trade Section at the European Union Delegation to Canada, was a guest speaker at the Global Petroleum Show in Calgary on 13 June.
Internal Market and Services Commissioner Michel Barnier spoke on the opening day of the 18th International Economic Forum of the Americas on 11 June in Montreal.
The European Union Delegation to Canada organized a visit to Montreal on 5 June, as part of a series of working sessions focusing on trade.
Press, Information and Cultural representatives from the European Union Delegation and the diplomatic missions of EU Member States visited the Parliamentary Press Gallery on 6 June.
The Embassy of Sweden in Ottawa is showcasing the talent of two young Swedish artists at an Evening of Nordic Music on 7 June.
01/06/12 - EU First Counsellors Giovanni Di Girolamo and Maurizio Cellini address Canadian Library Association conference
First Counsellor Giovanni Di Girolamo, Head of the Political and Public Affairs Section, and First Counsellor Maurizio Cellini, Head of the Economic, Commercial and Trade Section at the EU Delegation, addressed the annual Canadian Library Association conference on 31 May 2012.
Ambassador Martin Eichtinger, Director General for International Cultural Policy and Austrian Head of the Network of European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), met with representatives of EUNIC Ottawa cluster on 23 May.
17/05/12 - Ambassador Brinkmann welcomes Honourable Ministers John Baird and Ed Fast to the traditional Europe Day celebration on 9 May
The Honourable John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, were special guests at the annual Europe Day reception at the EU Official Residence in Ottawa on 9 May. The reception was hosted by H.E. Matthias Brinkmann, European Union Ambassador to Canada, and Mrs. Madeleine Brinkmann.
08/05/12 - Celebrating Europe Day
Sixty-two years ago on 9 May, French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman proposed a new model of political cooperation for Europe, in a bid to make wars among European nations unthinkable.His vision was the creation of a supranational European institution that would manage pooled coal and steel production (the European Coal and Steel Community). Schuman’s proposal is considered to be the beginning of what is now the European Union.
First Counsellor Giovanni Di Girolamo, who heads the Political and Public Affairs Section at the European Union Delegation to Canada, joined panel discussions on 28 April at the 9th Biennial Conference 2012 in Ottawa.
The European Union Delegation to Canada held a breakfast meeting with journalists on 26 April, in anticipation of 9 May Europe Day.
The Austrian Embassy, in collaboration with the Austrian Cultural Forum, is presenting a performance by electronic singer/songwriter Florian Kmet on 4 May.
Representatives from the European Union Delegation to Canada and the European Commission's Directorate General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) attended the 2012 edition of the International Polar Year Conference (IPY), which took place 22-27 April in Montreal.
European Union Ambassador Matthias Brinkmann was the guest speaker at the 6th Annual European Union Centre of Excellence (EUCE) Conference 11-13 April at Dalhousie University in Halifax.
For the second consecutive year, Canadian moviegoers will get the chance to enjoy unique European film productions thanks to Bright Nights: The Baltic-Nordic Film Festival.
The five-day film festival gets underway on 19 April at Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, in Ottawa.
11/04/12 - Austrian Cultural Forum events
The Austrian Cultural Forum is pleased to present a number of cultural activities in April, including a flute concert, a German-language film screening and a book presentation.
European Union Ambassador Matthias Brinkmann travelled to Vancouver 14-16 March to attend the GLOBE 2012 conference, a biennial trade fair on business and environment that attracts thousands of participants.
12/03/12 - First Counsellor José Antonio Torres Lacasa joins Travel & Vacation Show opening ceremony
EU Delegation First Counsellor José Antonio Torres Lacasa joined the Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs, and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson for the opening ceremony of the 18th annual Travel & Vacation Show.
Mr. Maurizio Cellini, First Counsellor and Head of Economic, Commercial and Trade Section at the European Union Delegation to Canada, made a presentation on the current state of EU-Canada CETA negotiations. His comments came at a roundtable discussion organized by the European Union Chamber of Commerce in Toronto (EUCOCIT) on 29 February.
The European Union Delegation to Canada hosted a presentation by Mr. Leszek Balcerowicz, former Polish finance minister and deputy prime minister, on 27 February.
The European Union Chamber of Commerce in Toronto is hosting a roundtable discussion on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the EU.The day-long event gets underway Wednesday, 29 February 2012, at 9:30 a.m. at Ontario Investment and Trade Centre, 250 Yonge St., 35th floor, in Toronto.
Ottawa - The Embassies of Finland, the Netherlands, Sweden and Norway joined the Governor General's traditional Winter Celebrations at Rideau Hall on 28 January 2012.
25/01/12 - European Book Club 22 February
Ottawa - The Network of European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) is holding its first book club on 22 February at Saint Paul University.
On this occasion, literature enthusiasts will have the chance to hear about and discuss We are doing fine (Es geht uns gut), a prized post-war novel by Austrian author Arno Geiger. The book examines the life of three generations of a Viennese family. Born in 1968, Geiger is the recipient of the 2005 German Book Prize for We are doing fine.
20/01/12 - EEAS Director for the Americas and EEAS Head of Division for Canada and the U.S. on official visit to Ottawa
Mr. Tomás Dupla del Moral, Director for the Americas at the European External Action Service, and Mr. Fernando Andresen Guimaraes, Head of Division for Canada and the United States of America at the European External Action Service, made an official visit to Ottawa 16-20 January 2012.
Mr. Giovanni Di Girolamo, First Counsellor and Head of Political and Public Affairs at the European Union Delegation to Canada, was invited to speak at Ashbury College on 15 December.
09/12/11 - EU Christmas Concert draws crowds
Ottawa - Classic music enthusiasts crowded the majestic Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica on 9 December to listen to European Christmas carols and songs brilliantly performed by Chorale De La Salle and Christ Church Cathedral Girls' Choir.
01/12/11 - Romania hosts Union Day at Ottawa City Hall
Romanian Ambassador, H.E. Elena Ştefoi, hosted a reception at Ottawa City Hall to mark the country's National Day on 1 December. Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson was among the evening's special attendees.
30/11/11 - European Union Christmas Concert 9 December
For the fourth consecutive year, the EU Delegation to Canada and the Diplomatic Missions of EU Member States will host a Christmas Concert on 9 December at Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica in Ottawa.
The Austrian Embassy, in collaboration with the Centre for European Studies at Carleton University, hosted a talk on 28 November by Dr. Valentin Inzko, High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina. A second speech was held on 29 November at University of Ottawa.
A piano concert featuring jazz and Portuguese contemporary music will get underway Tuesday, 29 November. The solo concert will be performed by renowned composer and pianist Mário Laginha.
M. Giovanni Di Girolamo, Premier Conseiller et Chef de la section politique et affaires publiques à la Délégation de l'UE, a fait une allocution au Collège Ashbury le 15 décembre. Dans son discours, M. Di Girolamo a parlé de l'Union européenne, de son évolution, de sa procédure de prise de décisions et de sa mise en application des politiques.
Pina, a 3D dance film featuring the legendary Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch ensemble, will be shown Tuesday, 22 November at 7:30 p.m. at Rideau Cinema. The film is among the titles vying for "Best Foreign Language Film" at the 84th Academy Awards.
EU Ambassador Matthias Brinkmann joined representatives of the diplomatic community to mark the inauguration of the 26th edition of the European Union Film Festival on 16 November.
Ottawa – For nearly three decades, moviegoers in the National Capital Region have experienced Europe's rich film heritage thanks to the EU Film Festival, a unique opportunity to watch European films – all Ottawa premieres.
An official visit by the International Trade Committee of the European Parliament (INTA) took place between 31 October and 4 November. The delegation was led by Mr. Vital Moreira, Member of the European Parliament (MEP) and INTA Chairman.
The European Union Chamber of Commerce in Toronto (EUCOCIT), in collaboration with the EU Delegation to Canada, will welcome a delegation of Members of the Standing Committee on International Trade of the European Parliament with a reception on 3 November. The Committee is visiting Ottawa and Toronto between 31 October and 4 November 2011 as part of its study of the ongoing EU-Canada negotiations for a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).
Ottawa - The 9th round of negotiations towards a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada came to a close on Thursday with remarks by the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway.
The European Union Film Festival (EUFF) Working Group met on 12 October to decide the winner and two runners-up of this year's poster contest.The official poster of the 26th EUFF edition in Ottawa will be unveiled on Tuesday 8 November at a media launch at the EU Delegation office located at 1900-150 Metcalfe St.
The Slovak Embassy in Ottawa hosted on 11 October the release of a new bilingual book of photographs taken by award-winning Slovak photographer Jozef Mýtny during the Nežná Revolúcia - or the "Velvet Revolution of 1989."
French professor Frédéric Charillon will be giving a speech at Carleton University on "After Arab Revolutions: First Strategic Insights."
07/10/11 - Managing migration in Europe
Dr. Martin Geiger of the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS), Germany, is scheduled to give a talk at Carleton University, Wednesday, 12 October.
The Viessmann European Research Centre at Wilfrid Laurier University hosted a conference entitled "Challenges for the European Union Beyond 2011" on 5 October in Waterloo, Ontario.
Mr. Tomás Dupla del Moral, Director for the Americas, made his first official visit to Canada 25-29 September 2011.Mr. Dupla del Moral's visit marked the beginning of negotiations to renew EU-Canada relations under a new pact called the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA). The two-day official trip included stops in Ottawa and Quebec City where he participated in a series of high-level meetings with both provincial and federal authorities.
EU Ambassador, His Excellency Matthias Brinkmann, met with the Honourable David Alward, Premier of New Brunswick, during an official visit to the capital city of Fredericton on 29 September.
EU Delegation joined the academic community at University of Ottawa to mark the first edition of the International Languages Day on 28 September.
Design for the Future, an annual joint project between Canada and the Netherlands, will get underway Monday, 5 October at the School of Architecture at Carleton University.
EU Ambassador, His Excellency Matthias Brinkmann, joined His Excellency Zenon Kosiniak-Kamysz, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland, in opening the conference, entitled "The EU, Canada and the Arctic: Challenges of International Governance," at Carleton University on 22 September.
European classical musicians Mauro Bertoli and Wolfgang David are currently on a tour of Canada and will be performing at Tabaret Hall at University of Ottawa on 26 September.
EU Ambassador, His Excellency Matthias Brinkmann, received on 9 September a delegation of 32 European students on a three-week Study Tour of European and Canadian institutions on both sides of the Atlantic
Ottawa - Every year, the EU Delegation to Canada organizes, in collaboration with the Canadian Film Institute and the Member State country holding the EU Presidency (currently Poland), a contest among graphic art students from La Cité collégiale, with the winning design to become the official poster of the European Union Film Festival (EUFF).