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The EU’s foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell spoke about the EU’s vaccine actions during a speech at the 25th Asia-Europe Meeting. “We are the world’s largest exporter of vaccines, with more than 300 million doses so far to 47 countries,” he said. “We have exported around half of our production.”
The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald reported this month the “federal government is being urged to use Australia’s friendship with the United States to secure supplies of the Pfizer vaccine instead of relying totally on Europe, which has so far shipped about 4.4 million doses to Australia.” Read more.
EU citizens and residents can now have a Digital COVID Certificate issued and verified across the EU which will be accepted in all EU Member States.
The certificate will show proof that a person has either been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result or has recovered from COVID-19.
EU Trade Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis, right, and Australian Trade Minister Dan Tehan met in Brussels in April. “We took stock of our FTA negotiations - which we’re eager to advance - & global cooperation on #vaccines,” Vice-President Dombrovskis tweeted. The 11th round of EU and Australia trade negotiations were held virtually with the chapter on professional services provisionally concluded. To read the report on the negotiating round click here.
Meanwhile, the campaign to explain the benefits of an EU-Australia FTA continued in Canberra in June at a diplomatic lunch organised by the Canberra Business Chamber.
EU Ambassador Michael Pulch (with microphone) joined Estonian Ambassador Kersti Eesmaa and Belgian Charge d’Affaires Arnaud Dusaucy in a panel discussion about the FTA.
Present at the function were a number of capital region producers who were interested to learn more about geographical indications!
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The European Australian Business Council (EABC) continues to intensify engagement during the pandemic with events at Parliament House Canberra with Ministers Dan Tehan, Jane Hume and others; and business roundtables on recent policy developments including the energy transition with Minister Angus Taylor, global tax reform, the EU’s CBAM proposal and Horizon Europe framework.
The EU’s Horizon Europe program has published its first Work Programmes to target a range of global challenges including the COVID pandemic and climate change. The Australian Government has the opportunity to become an associate member of Horizon Europe which would increase the funding opportunities for Australian researchers.
EURAXESS Australia and New Zealand, in collaboration with the European Union’s delegations to Australia and New Zealand, will launch Horizon Europe in Australia and New Zealand on 24 August. The event will feature an address by the Director for International Cooperation for the EU’s Research and Innovation Directorate, Maria Cristina Russo (pictured). For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Europe Day is held on the 9th May every year to mark the anniversary of the 'Schuman declaration'. This year there were events in Darwin, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart and Sydney. In Canberra (pictured), we held a reception and an exhibition on EU’s science and research program, Horizon Europe … and EU Member States donated a table full of European desserts!
Ambassador Jurij Rifelj, second from right, outlined his nation’s plans for the Presidency of the Council of the European Union at Slovenia’s national day event in Canberra in June. “Together. Resilient. Europe” will be Slovenia’s theme for the presidency. The function also included a speech from prominent Slovenian-Australian politician Tanya Plibersek, second from left.
The EU and its Member States, together with partners, exposed malicious cyber activities that significantly affected our economy, security, democracy and society at large. The EU and its member states assess these malicious cyber activities to have been undertaken from the territory of China. Read more.
The EU, the Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne (pictured) and Defence Minister Peter Dutton, as well as a number of other countries have strongly criticised the SolarWinds cyber operation, which, the United States assesses, had been conducted by the Russian Federation. The EU’s foreign affairs chief, Josep Borrell, said in a statement, the attacks could “cause significant harm to our society, security and economy”.
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The EU and Australia held a Counter-Terrorism Dialogue on 30 June in Brussels and discussed regional threat assessments, violent extremism and terrorism financing.
The meeting was co-chaired by Ms Joanneke Balfoort, Director for Security and Defence Policy at the European External Action Service, and Mr Roger Noble, Ambassador for Counter-terrorism at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia. Read more.
The WA Governor, the Honourable Kim Beazley (second from left), participated in an EU diplomatic visit to a rare earths mine site in June. The visit to WA also included learning about shipbuilding facilities, research collaborations and business opportunities.
The EU sponsored the Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Association Biennial conference which was held virtually on 5th and 6th July. The conference brought together language teachers and experts from all over the world. The EU’s motto “united in diversity” symbolises the essential contribution that linguistic diversity and language learning make to the European Project.
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