In Europe, Australia and around the world, all minds are focused on actions to tackle the outbreak of COVID-19 and mitigate the effects of the crisis. The European Commission is coordinating a common European response. The latest information is available through the dedicated website. We take this opportunity to thank all those who are working tirelessly to contain the pandemic and care for those in need.
The European External Action Service (EEAS) has also launched a dedicated website where you can find all the latest information and developments to tackle the coronavirus crisis, including consular support and cooperation.
Consular support to EU citizens in third countries
Citizens of the EU and Schengen Area who are currently stranded in Australia should contact their Embassy/ High Commission or Consulate directly. Further information and updates for visa-holders in Australia.
In response to the coronavirus emergency, EU Leaders have agreed to the temporary restriction of non-essential travel from third countries into the EU area for 30 days. Any possible prolongation will be assessed on developments. The temporary travel restriction foresees exemptions for nationals of all EU Member States and Schengen Associated States (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland; whilst UK nationals are still to be treated in the same way as EU citizens until the end of 2020. Exceptions are also foreseen for travellers with an essential function or need.
Australia’s border controls prevent the entry of people who are not citizens, permanent residents or their immediate families. A mandatory 14 day self-isolation period applies to all Australian citizens and residents who return to the country. A ban has been placed on Australian citizens from travelling overseas under the Biosecurity Act. Some exemptions apply. In addition, a ban on cruise liners from foreign ports arriving at Australian ports is in place. Further information.
Due to the COVID-19 emergency, events that had been foreseen by the EU Delegation to Australia are cancelled/postponed until further notice. This includes the Europe Day celebrations that had been scheduled to take place in Canberra and around the country in May.
Even without the usual open doors celebrations, Europe Day on 9 May is an important occasion to demonstrate what the EU stands for: solidarity, peace and prosperity. In 2020, we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration of 1950 which proposed the creation of a European Coal and Steel Community, whose members would pool coal and steel production. The ECSC (founding members: France, West Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg) was the first of a series of supranational European institutions that would ultimately become today's European Union.
EUVP: Applications open to young and emerging leaders
Are you a mover and shaker working in government, politics, the media, civil society or other fields with a career-related interest in the EU? Would you like to see first-hand how the EU institutions work in Brussels and Strasbourg? Apply for the European Union Visitors Programme (EUVP) by 24 April 2020. More.
National Multicultural Festival: Your passport to Europe!
Thousands of festival goers made their way through the EU Village at the 2020 National Multicultural Festival in Canberra on Saturday 22 February. Stretching along Bunda St in Civic, the village featured stalls from 26 EU Member States and Norway, and performances throughout the day at the village square. ABC local radio broadcast live from the EU Village which was officially opened by EU Ambassador Michael Pulch, European Ambassadors and High Commissioners together with Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Chief Minister Andrew Barr and ACT Minister for Multicultural Affairs Chris Steel. Read the EEAS website feature.Watch as SBS national news reporter Brett Mason picks up an EU Passport and stamps his way across Europe. See the social media selfies and pics from the day on the @EUAustralia Facebook page.
EU Village hamper winners
Meet the lucky winners who were invited to the EU Delegation to collect their hampers packed full of European goodies. Manasvini is five and she's a real Euro Star! Manasvini loved seeing her friend perform as part of the Irish dancing troupe at the EU Village Square. Originally from Sri Lanka, Camila has called Canberra home for 20+ years and is a regular to the National Multicultural Festival. And finally, from one Ambassador to another! Nadine recently moved back to Australia after living in France and working in Switzerland. She's the Canberra Ambassador for Internations, a global expat community. Camila and Nadine won by signing up to the @EUinAus newsletter.
Trade Talks! 6th round of negotiations
A team of EU trade negotiators met their Australian counterparts in Canberra from 10-14 February for the 6th round of European Union-Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations. The latest round followed an exchange of offers for services and investment and public procurement. The week's discussions covered most areas of the possible agreement including technical barriers to trade, sustainable development, goods, geographical indications, rules of origin and exchanged market offers. Access the latest DG Trade report.
King Island's prestigious produce
European Ambassadors to Australia travelled to Tasmania's King Island in late January to learn more about the benefits of geographical indications (GIs) for niche Australian producers. GIs generate higher farm gate prices and provide protection against imposters. The visit coincided with the publication of an academic paper looking at the potential of GIs for King Island's iconic products: beef, lobster and dairy. Read the publication.
DANZ delegation down under
Industry 4.0, trade, climate action and bushfire response – just some of the topics covered by the European Parliament's Delegation for Relations with Australia and New Zealand (DANZ) when the group visited Canberra and Melbourne from 26-28 February. The parliamentarians met with Australian counterparts at Parliament House in Canberra and took part in an exchange of views hosted by the European Australian Business Council in Melbourne.
Tune in to hear EU Ambassador Michael Pulch discuss the FTA, climate action, Brexit and more on the latest episode of EUROPE NOW. The video series is presented by Professor Anthony Elliott from the Hawke EU Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence.
EURAXESS Worldwide launches in Australia and New Zealand
An initiative of the European Commission, EURAXESS Worldwide seeks to enhance scientific collaboration between Europe and the world. The newly established Australia and New Zealand hub provides practical advice and information about European research and career opportunities as well as international collaboration and networking opportunities in Europe. More information on the website, via the Flashnote newsletter and on social media: Facebook @euraxess.aus.nz and LinkedIn.
Study in Europe: Universities Australia Conference 2020
Exciting education and research opportunities for Australians to undertake in Europe were on show at the Universities Australia Conference 2020 in Canberra. The EU Delegation together with EU Member States: Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Slovak Republic and Spain hosted an information stand throughout the event that brought together 1000+ participants from the higher education and research sectors.
Copernicus EU: The magnitude of Australia's bushfire crisis in numbers
The Australian bushfires emitted 434 million tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere between September 2019 and February 2020. This equates to more than to 3/4 of the emissions caused by industry in Australia in 2018-19. These numbers have been calculated by senior scientist Mark Parrington from the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service. Read more in the ABC Science coverage here.
The EU's Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMS) undertook its largest emergency mapping operation of 2019 to help Australian authorities respond to the bushfire crisis. Following a request by GeoScience Australia, EU satellites provided Australian authorities with 29 maps. The EU's Copernicus EMS has been activated in five previous Australian natural disasters but the 2019-20 bushfire season was the first bushfire emergency mapped. More.
Australian Space Agency HQ launches in Adelaide
The Australian Space Agency (ASA) has launched its new headquarters, spearheading the government's vision to grow Australia’s space industry into a $12 billion sector with 20,000 jobs by 2030. EU Ambassador Michael Pulch joined Prime Minister Scott Morrison at the official opening at Lot Fourteen in Adelaide on 19 February. Future cooperation between Europe and Australia in cutting edge scientific missions and Earth observation is set to expand through the Statement of Intent signed by the European Space Agency (ESA) and ASA in September 2019. There are also plans to expand the ESA's deep tracking station at New Norcia, Western Australia. The facility, which tracks spacecraft and interplanetary missions, is supported by Australia's national science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).
EU short film showcase @ Flickerfest
European film is well known for its ingenuity and cultural diversity. The EU Delegation brought some of the most exciting short films from across Europe to audiences in Sydney and Perth in January and February. The EU Short Film Showcase is part of Flickerfest, the nation's premier short film festival that celebrates some of the world's most talented filmmakers.
EU award @ Flickerfest
As soon as Marko’s parents are on vacation some odd wall falls down and suddenly everything is in chaos. Grown-up talk doesn’t help, so it’s up to Marko to make sense of it on his own. 'The Land Over There' (Drubenland) by German writer/director Arne Kohlweyer won the EU award beating other outstanding entries from across Europe. The $1000 award was presented by Rory Conaty from the Consulate General of Ireland on behalf of the EU Delegation.
EU language awards
When Jack Killoh began learning Italian in primary school he instantly fell in love with the language and all things Italy! "I didn't begin my Italian journey out of choice but it was one of the best things that happened to me." The Year 12 student continued his studies at Willetton Senior High School (WA) and achieved an amazing 97% course average in 2019. He is the recipient of the EU Delegation to Australia Award for excellence in European language studies and $200 Dymocks book voucher. The EU Delegation partners with schools and Universities around Australia to promote excellence in European language studies. We warmly welcome more partnerships. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org