Delegation of the European Union to Australia

Newsletter 459 - 28 March, 2018

19/03/2018 - 06:34
EU Delegation to Australia - Newsletter

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Events Calendar online and app keep you up to date on cultural events

Our Cultural Events Calendar allows you to see at a glance what EU activities are happening near you. 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 in your area. Among those listed currently for example are the "Colours of Impressionism" at the Art Gallery of South Australia and the "Cartier Exhibition" at the National Gallery of Australia. To find out more on these events and to access the calendar, look for the events calendar tab on our website or download the EU in the World APP direct to your smartphone. We also share these events on our Facebook and Twitter accounts so feel free to follow these for all our news including cultural events.

EU moves to expel Russian diplomats in wake of Salisbury Attack

Sixteen EU Member States decided to expel Russian Federation diplomats on 26 March after the European Council discussions last week on the . There may be more expulsions in the coming days and weeks. The European Council summit held in Brussels on 23 March included conclusions condemning the attacks which took place in the UK. In the meantime the EU Head of Delegation to Russia was recalled at the request of the Council of Europe to consult with the High Representative Federica Mogherini on this issue.


World Water Day: sustainable water and sanitation for all is key

To mark World Water Day which occured on 22 March the EU reaffirmed that all its Member States are expected to fulfil their obligations regarding access to safe drinking water, which must be available, accessible, safe, acceptable, and affordable for all without discrimination. The EU reminded that the right to safe drinking water is a human right essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights. This year the UN's theme for World Water Day was "Nature for Water". Environmental damage, together with climate change, is driving the water-related crises around the world. Floods, drought and water pollution are all made worse by degraded vegetation, soil, rivers and lakes. As the declaration by the EU on World Water Day points out, "Already, one of Africa’s largest lakes, Lake Chad, has decreased by 90 per cent as a result of climate change, over use of water and extended drought."


WA European Business Association gathers business, policy and govt

EU-Australian business, policy makers, diplomats and Western Australian government representatives were present for the Western Australian Business Association Forum held in Perth on 23 March. EU Ambassador to Australia Dr Michael Pulch spoke at the conference on how Perth should become Europe's gatweway to Australia, targeting tourism and business links. Also present was Western Australian Minister for Tourism, Small Business, Defence and Gaming Paul Papalia MLA who mentioned the -WA collaboration in space, science and trade as well as FTA opportunities. The Ambassador also spoke to The West Australian newspaper about opportunities in WA.


EU Ambassador talks science, trade and tourism in Perth

EU Ambassador to Australia Michael Pulch met the Western Australia Governor Kerry Sanderson in Perth in March 2018.

Apart from attending the business lunch in Perth, the EU's Ambassador to Australia, Michael Pulch, made a separate trip to Western Australia earlier in the month to officially visit the state. The main themes of the official visit were EU-Australia science collaboration, trade and tourism. His trip included meeting the WA Governor, Kerry Sanderson, pictured, as well as WA Premier Mark McGowan, and the Leader of the Opposition, Mike Nahan. The Ambassador also visited the European Space Agency's deep space tracking centre at New Norcia (but didn't visit the famous bakery much to his chagrin!) as well as the WA Government's Landgate Agency that accesses for free the EU's ground breaking Copernicus satellites.


Horizon 2020 events strengthen EU Australia relationship

The long-standing research and innovation cooperation between Australia and the European Union is set to continue to thrive and expand: over 200 researchers and innovators gathered last week to learn more about new possibilities for collaborating in projects under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The new Horizon 2020 Work Programme – launched in October 2017 – provides fresh opportunities for EU-Australian research and innovation cooperation. These opportunities were discussed and emphasised in a series of information days that took place in Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane on March 19, 21 and 23. Read more about Australia and the EU's long history of productive research collaboration here.


World cities project encourages smart-city initiatives in Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide and Hobart

Better crowd management in Melbourne, green infrastructure in Adelaide, climate change initiatives in Hobart and nurturing start-ups in Canberra were all discussed at last week's European Union-Australia World Cities conference in the nation's capital. Canberra hosted a closing review of cooperation between four Australian cities – Canberra, Adelaide, Melbourne and Hobart - and four European cities – Prague (Czech Republic), Hamburg (Germany), Manchester (UK) and Katowice (Poland). Cooperation is possible within the World Cities project of the European Union (EU) implemented by the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy of the EU Commission (DG REGIO). The initiative – supported by the European Parliament - promotes long-term working relations and short-term pilot projects between cities of the EU and cities in other countries, such as Australia, with whom the EU shares a Framework Agreement. Following the meeting ACT Government's Fleur Flannery and the EU's DG REGIO Director for International Urban Cooperation Ronnie Hall spoke to ABC Canberra about the Canberra-Prague pairing.


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 objective of the EUVP is 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. The EUVP is jointly sponsored and administered by the European Parliament and the European Commission and has been in operation since 1974. 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 five working days in Brussels, though visitors with a political profile are exceptionally invited to attend a three day plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, in which case the tour will last a maximum of eight working days.  For all further details, application process and deadline see here.


Jean Monnet funded intensive course for secondary school teachers comes to Sydney

A 2018 European Studies Intensive Short Course will offer a unique opportunity to engage with diverse expert speakers on topics that complement the secondary school curricula between 16-17 April in Sydney. The two day conference funded by the Jean Monnet programme of the European Commission will be intense at the venue and be accompanied by optional online materials and support. For more information and registration of secondary school teachers interested see here. The course is presented in partnership between the University of Sydney, Swinburne Institute of Technology, the EU Centre at RMIT, supported by the European Commission and the Contemporary European Studies Association of Australia.


Where to find EU publications online

Ever wanted to know more on how the EU works? Have a class full of students asking questions on the EU? Or policy experts needing more facts on the EU? Then this is the place for you! Explore the publications and download the pdfs of those most appropriate for your use. Feel free to ask us any questions on these.