Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner to visit Australia
The EU's impressive list of high-level visitors to Australia continues in early February when Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan travels to Canberra, Sydney and Queensland. The EU-Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) will be the focus of Commissioner Hogan's three-day visit. In 2018, the EU Delegation to Australia welcomed HR/VP Federica Mogherini, Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Elżbieta Bieńkowska, among others.
Perth gears up for European business week
The lithium battery industry, space opportunities and innovation are just some of the diverse topics to be explored during the West Australian European Business Week, beginning 18 March. Organised by the West Australian European Business Association, the program includes ministerial engagements, business briefings, site tours and a public event on the benefits of geographical indications – a key part of the EU-Australia FTA.
EU Short Film Showcase @ Flickerfest
European film is well known for its ingenuity and cultural diversity. The EU Delegation to Australia is bringing some of the most exciting short films from across Europe to audiences in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and beyond! 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. Touring nationally January through May. Program times and tickets on the website.
EU Village @ the National Multicultural Festival
Back by popular demand! The EU Delegation together with Member States, Norway, and for the very first time Switzerland, are bringing back the EU Village to Canberra on 16 February. More than 200,000 people flock to the nation's capital each year for the festival. Situated right in the heart of it, the EU Village Square will be alive with activities and entertainment. Festival-goers can pick up their very own EU Passport and stamp thier way across Europe. The National Multicultural Festival runs from 15-17 February. More information.
Trade Talks: Round 2 of the EU-Aus FTA negotiations
The ambitious EU-Australia FTA continues to move ahead following the conclusion of the second round of negotiations in Canberra. A team of EU negotiators held wide-ranging discussions with their Australian counterparts from 19-23 November. "Discussions were held in a good and constructive atmosphere and showed a shared commitment to negotiate an ambitious and comprehensive agreement," the DG Trade report reads. The EU is Australia's second-biggest trading partner and the FTA could see trade in goods increase by 37% and services by 8%, according to a European Commission impact assessment.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says EU trade deal will get 'accelerator'
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has agreed to speed up the EU-Australia FTA agreement. He met with EU leaders and the heads of major European countries at the G20 in Argentina in early December where he raised the issue. European Council President Donald Tusk welcomed the commitment describing Australia as a "close partner and friend" on Twitter. SBS media coverage.
EU-Australia Leadership Forum
"Europe and Australia are closer than ever in terms of direct cooperation, regional and global issues," says HR/VP Federica Mogherini. "That is why we are investing in a new generation of Australian and European leaders and in a renewed friendship." The EU's foreign policy chief made the remarks at the EU-Australia Leadership Forum which brought together 150+ policymakers, business leaders, young professionals, innovators, educators and media in Brussels from 18-22 November. Together they worked to brainstorm new ideas and identify policy recommendations in key areas of the bilateral relationship. Read more here.
Top EU & Australian chefs put Geographical Indications on the menu
Australia's pioneer of modern Greek cuisine Peter Conistis and Michelin-star Italian chef Matteo Vigotti showcased their culinary skills and their go-to European-sourced ingredients in Canberra. The world-class chefs cooked up a storm at the 'Food for Serious Thought: Geographical Indications Day' at the Italian Embassy on 24 November. The degustation followed a high-level panel discussion on geographical indications, a crucial part of the EU-Australia FTA. Media: Greek City Times report. Scroll: Facebook photo album.
Human Rights Awards 2018
A national network of communities embracing new migrants, two women working tirelessly to promote tolerance and two school-based programs helping to erase racism – what do they share in common? They were all finalists for the joint EU Delegation to Australia and Australian Human Rights Commission 'Racism. It Stops with Me.' award. Nyadol Nyuon, a passionate advocate of social justice and human rights, won the prestigious award that was presented at a special ceremony in Sydney on 14 December. Meet: the award nominees.
The 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was recognised globally on 10 December. To help mark the important occasion, the EU, together with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, ran the #StandUp4HumanRights social media campaign showcasing stories of human rights defenders around the world, including Australian Sarah Dale who provides free legal advice to refugees.
Watch: Sarah's story below.
Keeping track for the European Space Agency
Australia's national science agency, CSIRO, has been selected to support the European Space Agency's (ESA) all important deep space tracking station at New Norcia, 130 km north-east of Perth, Western Australia. The facility includes a 35m telescope which provides crucial coverage of lift-offs from the ESA space facility in French Guiana. It also beamed in the first images of Europe's joint mission to Mercury, BepiColumbo, in October this year. More on the CSIROscope blog.
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Culture & Community
EuroVisions: Contemporary Art from the Goldberg collection
The EU Delegation to Australia is a proud partner of this major exhibition, part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage. On show at the Canberra Museum and Gallery, the exhibition offers insight into the diverse work of a new generation of artists working in Europe today: from traditional painting and sculpture, to the use of found objects and incorporation of industrial materials, innovative photographic and digital works. Read more here.
EuroVisions is on show until 24 February, 2019.
The 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage is coming to an end. The dedicated pan-European campaign included more than 11,500 events across Europe, supported 8,000 projects and ten EU-led major European initiatives. The Year involved large and diverse audiences and dedicated activities that reached more than six million people across Europe and beyond! The EU Delegation to Australia supported the initiative through a range of cultural events and activities throughout 2018 and will continue to promote cultural diplomacy in 2019.
Speaking our language: EU Delegation honours Telopea's best linguists
The EU Delegation to Australia is a keen promoter of European language study and this month sponsored a number of awards at Telopea Park School in Canberra. The EU's Media Advisor in Australia Nick Pedley was pleased to present the awards to Year 10 students who have excelled in language studies. Adele Louchart-Fletcher won the Spanish prize, Rosie Hughes was awarded the German prize, Yvonne Rambeau claimed the Italian prize and Joseph Boke received the French prize.
The Gold Standard Awards 2018
The launch of the EU-Australia FTA in June was shortlisted for the Gold Standard Award for 'Diplomatic Engagement' in the Asia-Pacific region. It achieved this recognition for transforming an important news story into a multifaceted range of events that received international attention and generated significant goodwill and momentum for the bilateral relationship. More about the awards.
EU Summer School for secondary school teachers
This two-day intensive program offers a unique opportunity to engage with a diverse set of expert speakers on topics relating to contemporary Europe that complement secondary school curricula. Running from 21-22 January 2019 in Melbourne, the program is presented by Swinburne University and the EU Centre at RMIT. More information.
Fellowships at the EU's international research institute
Would you like to undertake research at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy? Fellowships are open for researchers at Australian universities currently researching history, law, economics, social and political sciences. More information.
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