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The new European Union Ambassador to Australia, Michael Pulch, presented his credentials to the Governor-General at Government House in Canberra on 13 September 2017.
Dr Pulch said he was pleased to take up the appointment at an exciting time in the EU-Australia relationship.
"We are about to hopefully start negotiating a free trade deal which will significantly enhance our economic relationship. We also recently signed a Framework Agreement that upgrades our bilateral political cooperation and held our first EU-Australia Leadership Forum that brought together leaders from all sectors," Dr Pulch said.
"Our interaction is expanding fast, to our mutual benefit. A clear example of this is the growing Australian involvement in the EU's $A120 billion Horizon 2020 innovation program where more than 80 Australian researchers are participating in programs worth more than $A300 million.
"I would also encourage as many Australians as possible to participate in the Erasmus+ education program that has so far seen more than 360 Australians study in Europe since 2015."