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Your @EUinAus Update - Q3, 2018.

14/11/2018 - 05:26
EU Delegation to Australia - Newsletter

Welcome to your Q3 update, packed full of new, views and activities from across the @EUinAus community. We took a delegation of European envoys to Western Australia, welcomed the European Parliament's Delegation for Relations with Australia and New Zealand, strengthened EU-Australia scientific cooperation and held a memorable Centenary of Armistice at Parliament House.

EU envoys help to unveil sea of poppies installation at Parliament House


Second round of the EU-Aus Free Trade negotiations 

A team of EU negotiators will be in Canberra for round two of the EU-Australia Free Trade negotiations from 19-23 November. The ambitious FTA could see trade in goods increase by 37% and services by 8%, according to the EU Delegation to Australia's impact assessment. Successful agreements with New Zealand and Australia will contribute an estimated €4.9bn to the EU's GDP by 2030 and €4.2bn to Australia's economy. The first round of negotiations  was held in Brussels, 2-6 July. Read more here

EU-Australia Leadership Forum

More than 150 policymakers, business leaders, young professionals, innovators, educators and media are coming together to shape the future relationship between the EU and Australia. European Commission Vice President and High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and former European Council President Herman van Rompuy open the prestigious forum, which runs from 18-22 November. More than 50 young professionals will participate in the Emerging Leaders Forum before joining 100 recognised leaders for the final days of the program including discussions on western democracies, women's leadership, digitalisation, data protection, space cooperation and industry 4.0. Read more here.

EuroVisions: Contemporary Art from the Goldberg Collection

As part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, a major exhibition will showcase the diverse work of a new generation of artists working in Europe. From traditional painting and sculpture to innovative photographic and digital works, artists include Urs Fischer, Katharina Grosse, Ugo Rondinone, Wolfgang Tillmans and Rudolf Stingel. The exhibition runs from 23 November to 24 February at the Canberra Museum and Gallery. More information here

Food for Thought: Geographical Indications Day

From prosciutto to prosecco, how do geographical indications (GIs) boost branding, tourism and economic growth in Italy's regions? What can Australian producers learn from the EU experience? The Embassy of Italy, together with the EU Delegation, is hosting a GI Day on Saturday 24 November in Canberra. An expert panel wil discuss GIs in the context of the Free Trade Agreement negotiations.

Building better links between Europe and Asia 

Promoting connectivity was a central theme of the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting, chaired by European Council President Donald Tusk. The ASEM summit brought together leaders of 51 European and Asian countries, EU representatives, and the Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Brussels on 18-19 October. "While the free flow of goods, investment, information, ideas and people contributes to global growth, I strongly believe that genuine connectivity between our regions will be achieved by bringing more people together through education and exchanges, joint research programmes and tourism,” President Tusk said in his closing remarks. Read more here.


Charting the way forward for enhanced cooperation

Developing the full potential of the EU-Australia relationship was the focus of the inaugural EU-Australia Joint Committee meeting in Canberra on13 November. Gunnar Wiegand, EEAS Managing Director for Asia-Pacific and Cathy Raper, DFAT's First Assistant Secretary (Europe & Latin America), chaired the historic meeting of senior officials, observed by EU Member State Ambassadors and High Commissioners to Australia. The joint committee will guide implementation of the EU-Australia Framework Agreement, facilitating closer cooperation in areas including foreign and security policy, trade, sustainable development, climate change and economic matters. Press release here.


DANZ Delegation down under

Farming, the future of the FTA and a coveted journalism prize - just some of the things the European Parliament's Delegation for Relations with Australia and New Zealand (DANZ) covered during their Sydney-Brisbane visit from 29 October -1 November. The delegation discussed the the FTA with cattle farmers, exchanged ideas with politicians, lunched with the European Australian Business Council and awarded the coveted EU-Qantas journalism prize.

Media coverage here: Euro MPs optimistic on Aust trade deal - AAP  


EU-Qantas journalist award

The ABC's National Rural Reporter Brett Worthington has been awarded one of Australia's most prestigious journalism prizes for his detailed proposal about the EU's geographical indications system. GIs are a key part of the ongoing EU-Australia free trade negotiations. Read more here.


Centenary of Armistice at Parliament House

To help mark the Centenary of Armistice of the First World War, Ambassadors, High Commissioners and senior diplomats representing EU Member States helped to lay down an expansive garden of handcrafted poppies on the forecourt of Parliament House. The vast 800 Sq m. installation features more than 270,000 red poppies donated to the 5000 Poppies Project from people around the world, including descendants of the original ANZAC and European war veterans.

Media coverage here: Poppies memorial at Parliament House - The Australian.


Fostering world-class scientific collaboration 

More of Australia's top health and medical scientists will have the opportunity to join high-calibre research teams in Europe thanks to a new initiative funded by the European Research Council (ERC). Read more hereMeet Australian physicist Jeremy O'Brien on the ERC's Quantum Revolution: Discovery Series here.


ERC Discoveries | Jeremy O’Brien: Quantum revolution


European envoys visit European Space Agency

Eight Ambassadors, a High Commissioner and senior diplomats representing EU Member States visited the European Space Agency's all-important deep space tracking station during a three-day visit to West Australia covering the topics of trade, innovation, investment, culture and heritage.  The group explored the New Norcia facility and its 35m telescope which provides crucial coverage of lift-offs from the ESA’s space facility in French Guiana. Read more here.

#EUBeachCleanUp comes to Canberra

EU volunteers gave a helping hand to clean up Yarralumla Beach on October 27 to raise awareness of the urgent issue of plastic pollution and marine litter. The initiative, supported by Clean Up Australia, is part of the global #EUBeachCleanUp campaign run by EU Delegations and Member States. The worldwide efforts will feature in the European Atlas of the Seas - an information tool used by schools and students, professionals, policy makers and journalists. Read more here.

Volunteers @ work! #EU Beach Clean-up Canberra


EuroScience Week @ Questacon 

Space exploration, satellites and superheores of science. Ground breakling European scienitific achievements of the past and present were showcased during EuroScience Week at Canberra's Questacon 8-12 Oct. Ambassador Michael Pulch launched the event together with the Australian Space Agency's Anntonette Dailey. Read more on the EEAS intranet here. And scroll through the picture carousel on the @EUinAus facebook page here.


Supporting culture around the country

EU Ambassador to Australia Michael Pulch held a musical fundraiser featuring one of the country's leading young guitarists, Callum Henshaw, in support of the Canberra International Music Festival. A prominent feature on the ACT cultural calendar, the festival celebrates 25 years in 2019. Read more here.


Eurostars compete in the Dragons Abreast Regatta
How many nationalities can you fit in a dragon boat? 24. Paddlers from the EU diplomatic community came together at Canberra's lakeside, paddling it out in support of breastcancer research. The Eurostars flexed their diplomatic muscles and made it into the A finals for the first time. They didn't take home the cup but did win the best warm-up award, hockey-pokey style. See the day's highlights in pictures on the @EUinAus facebook page here


Read 'So Distant, So Close' Australia and the European Union in the 21st Century 


Listen ABC Radio Country Hour (South Australia) EU Ambassador to Australia Michael Pulch discussing geographical indications, the FTA and other topics


Apply Fellowships at the EU's international research institute in Italy Open to Australia-based researchers of history, law, economics, social & political sciences


Visit EuroVisions: Contemporary Art from the Goldberg Collection @ the Canberra Museum & Gallery, 23 November -24 January ​