Brussels announces second Syria conference for April 2018
The second Brussels Conference on "Supporting the Future of Syria and the region" will take place on 24-25 April and focus on humanitarian support and bolstering the UN-led political peace process in Geneva. "The humanitarian situation in parts of Syria, in particular in the De-Escalation Areas of Eastern Ghouta and Idlib, has deteriorated significantly over the past eight weeks with hundreds of innocent victims, including many women and children," HRVP Federica Mogherini and Commissioner of Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides have said. "The international community should unite to stop this human suffering. The European Union calls on all parties to the conflict, as well as the guarantors of the four De-Escalation Areas, to take all necessary measures to ensure the decrease of violence, the protection of the Syrian people by respecting International Humanitarian Law, and urgent humanitarian access. There is no military solution to the conflict, we call on all parties to seriously engage in the UN-led political process." Read their full statement here.
ASEM Day 2018: Promoting cooperation, partnership and connectivity between Asia and Europe
ASEM day on 1 March is a day that promotes the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM)'s cooperation, partnership and connectivity between Asia and Europe, a day to celebrate the importance of connecting the two continents, based on the principles of equal partnership and mutual respect. The very first ASEM Summit was held in Bangkok on 1 March, 1996. Over its 22 years of existence, and with its 53 partners, ASEM has proven its worth as the key platform that brings together Europe's and Asia's leading policymakers, business representatives and civil society actors across its three pillars – political, economic and cultural - in a spirit of equal partnership, mutual respect and mutual benefit. Australia formally joined the Asia-Europe Meeting in 2010, a major platform linking Europe and Asia.
EU in Australia offers a 'passport' to Europe in the heart of Canberra's largest festival
Canberra was awash with blue and gold last month as more than 200,000 people attended the 2018 National Multicultural Festival. For the 10th year in a row, the EU Delegation and 26 EU Member States came together to form the EU Village where festival goers were able to collect an 'EU Passport' and visit each of the Member State stalls, stamping their passports as they went. The ACT Minister for Multicultural Affairs Rachel Stephen-Smith, a former EUVP, opened the EU Village with Ambassador Michael Pulch and the Heads and deputies of the EU Member State missions. She toured all the Member State booths which teemed with a wide range of creative activities, including story time with Hans Christian Andersen in the Danish booth, a live bee hive in the Slovenian booth celebrating World Bee Day coming up on 20 May and pain au chocolat courtesy of Alliance Française - Other activities and information publicised the many wonders of Europe. Photos of the day are available at www.facebook.com/EUAustralia
Understanding Geographic Indications with EU Director of Agriculture
A panel discussion and seminar will be held at the ANU Centre for European Studies on 7 March in Canberra. Mr John Clarke, Chief Agricultural Trade Negotiator for the EU-Australia FTA and Director for International Relations at DG Agriculture in the European Commission, discussion will be among the distinguished panel which includes Prof. William Van Caenegem (Bond University) Assoc. Prof. Hazel Moir (ANU Centre for European Studies) and Industry Representatives. Free and open to the public full details and registration available
ANU Climate Update 2018 extends gaze to EU green finance rules
“The European Union has the world’s most ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions; .. We would like to do better than that and even help others,” said our Climate and Environment Counsellor Caroline Lambert speaking last month at the ANU Climate Institute's 2018 Update on climate change. Invited to speak on green finance the Counsellor joined in a day's conference which looked at the status quo on climate change including policy, action and finance. According to the ANU Institute 2017 was a record-breaking year for the climate, particularly in the Southern hemisphere. So the day was dedicated to looking at how did the climate change and what has been the response?
EU Delegation calls for Australian EUVP entries
The EU Delegation in Australia is now calling for entries to next year's European Union Visitors Program (EUVP) . The opportunity to travel and have a working stay aims to enable young leaders, potential leaders and multipliers from non-EU countries to obtain first-hand impressions of the Union's policies, institutions and achievements and to increase the mutual understanding between professionals from non-EU countries and their EU counterparts. Australia has participated in the programme since 1983 sending over 140 visitors to Europe during that time. The length of the EUVP visit is normally 5 working days in Brussels, though visitors with a political profile are exceptionally invited to attend a 3-day plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, in which case the tour will last a maximum of 8 working days. For all further details, application process and deadline see here.
Latest news from the EU Australia Leadership Forum
The EU Australia Leadership Forum continues to be the premier public diplomacy outreach tool for EU Australian relations, stay up to date with all their news via their website and newsletter. Further details on last year's activities including the first EU Australia Leadership Forum in Sydney, a development workshop and the publication The EU and Australia: Shared Opportunities and Common Challenges features analysis from some of the brightest minds in EU-Australia affairs is highly recommended; A must-read for those interested in gaining insight to the relationship between the EU and Australia. The publication can be downloaded here.
European Business Forum & Expo to take place in Perth
The European Business Forum & Expo is set to take place in Perth 22 - 23 March featuring EU Ambassador to Australia Dr Michael Pulch. This year’s inaugural European Business Expo (EBE 2018) has been born of two preceding Local Business Expo 2015/16 Community Events. A biennial event of WAEBA trade support services, the event is created to foster business relations between European Union Member State representative offices in WA such as Consulates, Chambers of Commerce, Business Associations or official trade offices.
Lorenzo Natali journalism award open to Australian journalists
Are you a journalist covering issues on aid in the Pacific? Then this competition is for you! The Lorenzo Natali Journalism Award is seeking entries from journalists for this year's prize and deadline to enter is 9 March. Through this prize the European Commission recognises the dedication of journalists whose work helps to create a better world. The Natali prize will acknowledge outstanding reporting on aid/development issues and applications are open for online, print or audio-visual works. The winners will have the opportunity to attend the European Development Days event held in Brussels annually by the EU institutions which brings together a large representation of global aid and development practitioners, institutions and governments.
German-Australian Platform for Health Research events in Sydney and Melbourne
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft are set to organise two health research events in Australia in April. The events in Melbourne and Sydney target Australian researchers, university administrators and Australian companies of the healthcare sector interested in strengthening ties with German institutions. The presentations, networking opportunities, exhibition and panel discussion will be represented by participants from some of the country’s leading universities, graduate schools, research institutions and small and medium-sized enterprises working in the healthcare sector. For more information see here.
Alliance Francaise Film Festival offers a month of French film culture
This year's ANU Film Group kicked off their first semester with a bang including the 'preview' of sorts of AFFF with ODYSSEY depicting the life of well known French Oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau the closing film of AFFF 2017. Full details and the cities where this year's Alliance Francaise Film Festival will travel can be found here. The ANU Film Group in this first semester will be showing 96 different films including 16 films in a foreign language in collaboration with the diplomatic missions of Denmark, NZ, Turkey, Greece, Thailand, Czech Republic and Slovak Republic, Ireland, Canada, Norway, Portugal, Poland and Austria. For more see here.
European Cultural event calendar now online!
The EU Delegation in Australia, and its Member States have collaborated for the launch of a new on-line events calendar mobile app. as well as an 'EventsCalendar' tab on our home page, which hosts upcoming events; feel free to stay up to date at any time by clicking here - this week we feature the Alliance Francaise Film Festival, The Lady and the Unicorn exhibition in NSW, The Doll a theatrical work written by a contemporary Croatian writer and many more as cultural events abound nationally. The Calendar, a joint collaboration between the EU Delegation in Australia, and its Member States will allow you to register online for public events, select a specific event to find out more information or just plan your cultural activities around what is happening! To access the calendar please look for the EventsCalendar tab on our homepage or download the App direct to your phone (app available via Google or ITunes store). Enjoy all European events down under in one location!
'Eurostars' on side with friendly football game at Parliament House!
The Eurostars competed this past week in a friendly soccer game organised at Parliament House against parliamentarians including Peter Khalil Graham Perrett MP Pat Conroy MP and Dr Michalis Michael Maria Vamvakinou MP 's husband playing in the politicians team. Sportsmanship was high despite the 5-1 defeat to the parliamentarians... The Eurostars team included stars from the EU Delegation, the Ambassdor of Italy to Australia Pier Francesco Zaza, and colleagues from the German, Danish, and embassy of the Netherlands as well as the Deputy from the Cypriot High Commission Mr Vakis Zissimos.