A panel of European Ambassadors and scholars of Europe will present their views on the historic 2014 European Parliamentary Elections, what they mean for European integration and for the EU's role in the world. It is part of the commemoration of the 64th Europe Day, the 10th anniversary of EU Enlargement to Central and Eastern Europe and the tenth anniversary of the establishment of an EU Delegation in New Zealand. The event is hosted by Mr Paul Goldsmith, MP, NZ Institute of International Affairs and the NZ European Union Centres Network with support from EU Heads of Mission.
Date: Wednesday, 7 May 2014
Time: 6.00 p.m., followed by a reception
Venue: The Grand Hall, Parliament Buildings, Wellington
RSVP: required to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, 5 May
On the agenda this month: the eighth annual Alliance Française French Film Festival is returning to screens around New Zealand from 20 February to 23 April 2014; Poland and Turkey celebrate the 600th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations; celebrations of King Willem-Alexander’s first birthday as a King of the Netherlands.
The EUVP (established in 1974) enables young, promising leaders from countries outside the European Union to gain first-hand experiences of the EU's goals, policies, institutions and achievements. The programme also serves to increase mutual understanding between professionals from non-EU countries and their EU counterparts. Successful applicants will have a unique chance to take part in an individual five-to-eight-day programme of meetings with EU officials at the EU institutions in Brussels, Strasbourg and /or Luxembourg. Don't miss a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and apply now!
03/01/14 - 10/03/14 - Video Competition: We Are Europe. Every Day.
At a key moment in the history of European Construction and ahead of the European elections next May, the European Commission, in partnership with the United Nations, is launching a video competition on the theme of the European project and the support of its citizens for this project.
11/12/13 - Calls for projects under Horizon 2020
The European Commission presented calls for projects under Horizon 2020, the European Union's €80 billion research and innovation programme. Worth more than €15 billion over the first two years, the funding is intended to help boost Europe's knowledge-driven economy, and tackle issues that will make a difference in people's lives. This includes 12 areas that will be a focus for action in 2014/2015, including topics such as personalised healthcare, digital security and smart cities. Most calls from the 2014 budget are already open for submissions, with more to follow over the course of the year.
Over the next years, 90% of world demand will be generated outside the EU. That is why it is a key priority for the EU to open up more market opportunities for European business by negotiating new trade and investment agreements with key countries.
A new call to establish an exchange between Europe and Australia/New Zealand for academic staff and students has been launched. €1.8m is available for one project to allow a minimum of 36 individual exchanges targeting doctorate and post-doctorate level as well as staff in the fields of economics and business administration, law and political science, science and technology plus the crosscutting area of regional integration. The deadline for submission is 3 March 2014 and the project duration is 48 months.
In his first official speaking engagement after presenting his credentials to His Excellency, Lieutenant General The Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae, Ambassador Fabrizi reflected on the current economic situation in Europe, where Europe stands in the global arena, and the EU-New Zealand relationship.
13/11/13 - EU Ambassador to Australia and New Zealand Sem Fabrizi presents his credentials in Wellington
Newly appointed EU Ambassador to Australia and New Zealand Sem Fabrizi presented his credentials to The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, on 13 November 2013 in Wellington.
18/10/13 - United Nations Handbook 2013-14
An invaluable source of all the details on the UN, it's structure, organs and bodies the UN Handbook is published every year by the Government of New Zealand. You want to know which countries sit on the executive committee of the UNHCR? Or what the structure of UNIDO's Industrial Development Board is? This is your go-to-guide! Published as a book every year, in keeping with the times, it is now also available as a handy App for your iPhone or Android Smartphone available through iTunes and GooglePlay.
The 2014 European Studies Summer School for Secondary School Teachers will be held in Melbourne, Australia, from 21–23 January 2014. Participation is free for all teachers from Australian and New Zealand secondary schools.
16/09/13 - 29/11/13 - Call for Proposals: Developing the Network of EU Centres in Australia and New Zealand
The present Call for Proposals draws on the ICI’s 2013 Annual Action Programme and is intended to support the development of the EU Centres in Australia and New Zealand. It is estimated that up to 5 grants will be awarded to support the activities of EU Centres, depending on the quality and the number of the proposals received and on the availability of funding (at least one of which in New Zealand). Each grant will be of up to € 800.000 for stand-alone applications (with or without partners), and up to € 900.000 for consortia.
16/09/13 - 01/11/13 - Young voices against poverty: What would you change? Have your say!
Make a short video answering the following question: If you could have your say, how would you fight poverty? You could be one of four lucky winners to win a paid trip to Brussels to attend the European Development Days, 26 – 27 November 2013, where your video will be screened. This contest is open to all youth between the ages of 13 and 24 worldwide.
15/10/13 - Publication: Travelling in Europe 2013-14
Europe: a continent with thousands of years of history, a rich cultural heritage and some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery. So much for the traveller to discover and explore and all made much easier thanks to the European Union (EU). You can cross many borders within the EU without being checked and the euro makes it easier to shop around for bargains. You have easy access to healthcare should you need it and your dog or cat can travel with you. If you drive, your driving licence and motor insurance policy issued in one EU country are valid in all the others. And using your mobile phone abroad is getting much cheaper.
30/08/13 - 30/09/13 - European Heritage Days: 50 countries offer free access to historic sites
Millions of people will enjoy free access to thousands of rarely opened historic and cultural sites in 50 countries throughout September as part of the annual European Heritage Days, a joint initiative of the European Commission and Council of Europe. An interactive website provides details of the sites which are open to the public, as well as information about special events taking place in each country to tie in with the Heritage Days.
On his final trip to New Zealand in his role as the European Union Ambassador to Australia and New Zealand, H.E. David Daly presented to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs (NZIIA). His presentation, entitled "The European Union and New Zealand, the Pacific and Asia", provided some insightful remarks on the geopolitical shifts across the Asia Pacific region and the EU's response.
16/08/13 - Delegation closed due to earthquake
Central New Zealand was hit by a 6.6 magnitude earthquake on 16 August. No casualties have been reported and damage in Wellington is restricted to some buildings in the CBD. However, some Wellington buildings remain closed, pending structural checks by engineers. The EU Delegation to NZ was closed on Friday afternoon after continuing aftershocks and will be closed until Monday 26 August.
12/08/13 - PACE-Net and PACE-Net Plus Information
The main objective of the PACE-Net projects is to strengthen Pacific-EU collaboration and dialogue in Science and Technology (S&T). Pace-Net Plus will replace PACE-Net when it is launched in September 2013. It is a 3 year project (2013-2016) with a budget of €3 million. New Zealand plays an important auxiliary role for this project, using its in-depth knowledge of the Pacific region and historical ties to Europe to facilitate cooperation between the two parties.
A €28,000 grant has been awarded to NCRE lecturer, Dr Katharine Vadura, for her research project on human rights and disaster risk management in the Pacific. The project will run for six months from September 2013 till February 2014. The main outcomes of the project will be a series of workshops and a conference to be held in December 2013 at University of Canterbury in Christchurch, as well as the establishment of a research network cutting across sectors focused on rights of vulnerable groups in the Pacific in relation to Disaster Risk Management.
The G20 Summit will take place from 5 to 6 September in Saint Petersburg under Russian Presidency. The EU will be represented by President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso.
01/07/13 - Croatia, Welcome Aboard the EU!
1 July 2013 landmarks Croatia's accession to the European Union - the 28th EU member country - good news for Croatia, the EU and the remaining aspirant countries in the Western Balkans!
On Monday 1 July Croatia will become the 28th Member State of the European Union. Torn by conflict only two decades ago, Croatia is now a stable democracy, capable of taking on the obligations of EU membership and of adhering to EU standards.
25/06/13 - EU Climate Diplomacy
José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, and Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Energy, received Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Governor of California and Founding Chair of the "R20 Regions of Climate Action".
21/05/13 - Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM)
The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) was initiated in 1996 when the ASEM leaders met in Bangkok, Thailand. ASEM is an informal trans-regional platform for dialogue and cooperation between the two regions.
Commissioner Piebalgs and Minister McCully agreed today to work together to turn pledges into joint work, hand-in-hand with partners in the region, to rapidly deliver real projects on the ground providing renewable electricity to citizens.
The New Zealand Europe Business Council is hosting a luncheon in Auckland on 25 March at which European Union Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, will address the Auckland business community. Commission Piebalgs is co-host with the New Zealand government of the Pacific Energy Summit which runs in the city from 24 to 26 March.
The European Union and New Zealand Government together will host the Pacific Energy Summit in Auckland from 25-27 March
08/03/13 - International Women's Day
Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, issued a statement on International Women's Day, 8 March 2013
A free and open Internet is at the heart of the new Cyber Security Strategy by the HR/VP Catherine Ashton and the European Commission. The new Communication is the first comprehensive policy document that the EU has produced in this area.
19/12/12 - EU Children of Peace initiative
President Barroso announced the Nobel Peace Prize projects to help children affected by war and conflicts. The Prize money will be topped up to 2 million euros by the EU, and will fund access to basic education and child-friendly spaces.
01/11/12 - Helga Schmid in New Zealand
Helga Schmid, Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs in the EU's European External Action Service, has concluded her visit to New Zealand, from 8-9 November.
Ms Schmid is a highly experienced diplomat. She is currently deeply involved in the international negotiations on the Iranian nuclear issue, which the EU High Representative Catherine Ashton conducts on behalf of the E3+3 group (US, Russia, China, France, UK and Germany) and has in the past year represented the EU in the Middle East Peace Process Quartet.
She gave a public talk on the European Union's response to security challenges in its neighbourhood and Asia. It can be read here [65 KB] .
01/11/12 - 2012: The EU in Asia Year
The upcoming Asia-Europe meeting (ASEM) will be held in Laos, 5-6 November 2012 with the theme: "Friends for Peace, Partners for Prosperity". Established in 1996, the key regional dialogue is made up of the 27 member states of the EU, the EU itself, members of ASEAN+3, as well as India, Mongolia, Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand and Russia. This meeting will be particularly important, as 2012 is the year of the EU in Asia, where Europe seeks to align itself more closely with the region, on economic, political and social grounds. 50 out of 51 participant countries are attending the upcoming talks. Participants also include EU representatives President Van Rompuy and President Barroso.
25/09/12 - Thoughts from the European in Residence
Every year, the European Union Centres Network invites to New Zealand a distinguished EU practitioner. This year, Sir Michael Leigh toured the country from 7-18 September. Until a year ago, he was the Director-General of DG Enlargement and prior to that, Deputy Director-General for External Relations.
20/08/12 - Top EU diplomat to visit New Zealand
David O'Sullivan, the Chief Operating Officer of the European External Action Service (the European Union's diplomatic service), will visit Wellington this week, on 22-24 August. Prior to joining the EEAS, Mr O'Sullivan served in the European Commission as Director-General for Trade from 2005-2010 and as Secretary-General from 2000-2005. While in the country, Mr O'Sullivan will be sharing information and views on global events and regional developments, such as Syria, Iran and across Asia and the Pacific.
The first round of negotiations towards a Framework Agreement between the European Union and New Zealand was held on 23 & 24 July 2012 in Wellington, New Zealand. Framework Agreements are a tool that establishes a permanent legal basis for the future bilateral relationship between the European Union and the partner country. They cover all areas where the countries have dealings with each other. The EU already has a Framework Agreement with Korea and is currently negotiating FAs with Australia, Canada and India. This first Round was an opportunity to exchange initial views on the Agreement's potential content. The next talks will be later this year in Brussels.