Delegation of the European Union to Australia

Newsletter 460 - Europe Day Edition

04/05/2018 - 04:04
EU Delegation to Australia - Newsletter

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

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 events in Canberra for World Bee Day on 20 May, an EU-Australian business networking opportunity at CeBIT Sydney and the German Film Festival which begins later this month. To find out more look for the events calendar tab on our website or download the EU in the World APP direct to your smart phone. We also share these events on our Facebook and Twitter accounts so feel free to follow these for all our news including cultural events.

Canberra's National Carillon to be lit blue for Europe Day!

If you are in Canberra this week you may see the National Carillon turn blue in the evenings to celebrate Europe Day on 9 May. Europe Day celebrates peace and unity in Europe and also marks a famous speech in 1950 where the then French Foreign Minister, Robert Schuman proposed merging the French and German steel industries and set in motion the creation of what we know today as the European Union.

European Parliament backs EU partnership agreement with Australia

The European Parliament gave its consent to the EU-Australia framework agreement last month, opening up the possibility for deeper cooperation on foreign policy, trade and other sectors. Negotiations on the EU-Australia framework agreement were launched in 2011 and concluded in 2015. It was then signed by both sides in August 2017. The final agreement will form the basis for wider relationships between the two parties in areas spanning from foreign and security policy to maritime affairs and culture. MEPs backed the deal by 482  votes to 59, with 33  abstentions. For more on this from the European Parliament see here.


EU budget 2021-2027 invests more in external action, security and defence

The EU budget looks to implement its priorities globally, including through security operations and multilateral solutions. The new proposed budget reflects the EU's updated priorities, with increased funding for research and innovation, for youth (including a doubling of the budget for Erasmus+), for climate and environment, for managing migration and integration. The proposal foresees an increase of investment in external actions up to 26 percent to reach €123 billion in the future long-term EU budget, along with a major restructuring of the EU’s external action instruments to provide better coherence, build on cooperation effectiveness, simplify processes and use economies of scale. Read more.


EU sends young filmmaker to Belgium

The EU has teamed up with the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium to award a young Australian filmmaker with a trip to Europe. Imogen McCluskey won the 2018 EU Film Award for her production 'Gem' which she made while studying a Bachelor of Arts for Screen at AFTRS in Sydney. The EU's Media Advisor, Nick Pedley, presented the award to Imogen at the AFTRS graduation ceremony. The award will send Imogen to Belgium to attend Film Fest Gent in October. Imogen is the latest Australian to be sent to Europe as part of the EU's efforts to boost exchanges and includes not only filmmakers but also more than a 1000 students who have participated in the Erasmus+ education program and more than 80 Australian researchers who are part of the EU's Horizon 2020 program. 


EU Partners with NFSA and Embassy of Portugal for Eurovision party in Canberra

The EU Delegation to Australia, the National Film and Sound Archive and the Embassy of Portugal in Australia have partnered to bring you the Eurovision song contest final on the big screen. The Arc Cinema at the NFSA will be showing the SBS Broadcast on Sunday 13 May but get in quick, the second round of tickets are going fast!


Final call: EU-Qantas Journalism Award 2018

Journalists are invited to apply for the 2018 European Union-QANTAS Journalist Award. Now in its 26th year the award is open to an Australian journalist with more than three years working experience in print or electronic media. They will need to satisfy the selection panel that he or she would benefit from a working visit to the European Union institutions and up to three Member States. While the subject of the working visit proposal is open to the journalist's particular interests, it must be based on current European themes relevant to an Australian audience. The deadline is Wednesday, 9 May.


Call for Emerging Leaders: EU-Australia Leadership Forum

Applications are now open for the 2018 Emerging Leaders Forum! Young leaders from and the European Union are invited to apply for the opportunity to participate in the Brussels edition of the EU Australia Leadership Forum on 18-22 November. The event which also includes the EU-Australia Senior Leaders Forum, promotes ideas which seek to diversify and intensify the EU-Australia relationship. For more details:  


Sentinel Australia website offers free regional access to Satellite Data from the EU's Copernicus Earth Observations Program

The Sentinel Australia Regional Access (SARA) portal or website provides free access for those interested , e.g. managers, researchers and SMEs in the South-East Asia and South Pacific region, to data from the Sentinel satellites which are part of the Copernicus programme. The Sentinel missions are part of the Copernicus programme that is coordinated and managed by the European Commission. The data products are generated by the European Space Agency and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites. SARA is hosted at the National Computational Infrastructure and operated by the Regional Copernicus Data Hub consortium formed by Geoscience Australia, the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage, Queensland Department of Environment and Science, Western Australian Land Information Authority and the Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation. More information about Copernicus Australia can be found here. For general inquiries, please contact


World Cup revelry in Canberra as Eurostars compete in Diplomatic Corps Cup

Capital Football, Sports ACT and volunteer diplomatic corps members have begun competing in the 'Diplomatic Corps Cup' which includes the Eurostars, a team made up of EU delegation representatives and staff from 9 Member States competing against DFAT and other national and intranational groups. The Eurostars' players include EU Ambassador to Australia, Dr Michael Pulch, Belgian Ambassador to Australia Marc Mullie and two deputy heads of mission. Capital Football created the tournament to coincide with the FIFA World Cup to showcase diversity, community and sportsmanship. For more on where to see the Eurostars playing football (soccer) next see here.


Energy lab callout for Climate KIC Australia's Launchpad

Would you like to turn your clean tech idea into a business and compete globally? Do you have a cleantech solution that needs wings? Or are you about to launch your own green business? Then apply to ClimateLaunchpad and join the world's largest green business ideas competition. ClimateLaunchpad is offered by EnergyLab's partner, Climate-KIC Australia, and is available in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. The program is free of charge and open to anyone with an innovative green idea, whether it's fully fledged or sketched onto a napkin. For all information see here; entries close 30 May.