Ambassador Sem Fabrizi with Commissioner Algirdas Semeta and Australian Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull.
On 25 September, H.E. Mr Sem Fabrizi presented his credentials to the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Her Excellency the Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO. In line with diplomatic customs, a government admits a newly arrived head of mission to the exercise of his full functions only after the presentation of credentials.
The EU Delegation opened to the public on Saturday 28 September. The general public toured the official meeting rooms where 24 European Union Member States represented in Canberra hold their regular meetings. Photos of this event are now available on this site and the Delegation's Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/EUAustralia
The European Commission's Directorate General for Education and Culture has selected Australia as one of two Cultural Cooperation partners for 2013, (the other country is Canada). The successful projects have now been announced.
The Delegation's publication "Celebrating 50 years: EU-Australia" was officially launched on 29 July 2013.
The G20 Summit will take place 5 to 6 September in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The EU will be represented by President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, and President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso.
Winner of the 2013 EU-Qantas Journalist Award is Jake Sturmer, National Science and Technology Reporter for ABC News, Sydney. Jake's project is entitled "Moving through the fog: Innovating a way out of Europe’s congestion crisis." Past winners have included Eleanor Hall of ABC Radio, Adam Morton of The Age, Lyn Gallacher of ABC Radio National, Cathy Alexander of AAP, Tim Colebatch of The Age, Michael Visontay of the Sun Herald, Josh Gordon of The Age, Tony Gordon of the Australian Financial Review, Diana Bagnall of the Bulletin, and Cathy Pryor of The Australian.
José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, and Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Energy, received Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Governor of California and Founding Chair of the "R20 Regions of Climate Action".
On 1 July 2013, Croatia joins the European Union as its 28th member country.
Erasmus Mundus aims to enhance quality in higher education through scholarships and academic cooperation between Europe and the rest of the world. The programme offers financial support for institutions and scholarships for individuals. Meet some of the Australian students who will benefit from a scholarship under the Erasmus Mundus program.
EU-Australia co-operation in education and training is underpinned by policy dialogue at government level and bilateral projects among institutions. The 2013 dialogue was held in Melbourne and concentrated on the challenges posed by globalisation and rapid technological advance for tertiary education.
The Governor-General of Australia, Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO led the European Australian Business Council's (EABC) 2013 Business Mission to Europe from 2-7 June.
Moving Beyond “Common Values and a Shared History”: Negotiating a Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement between Australia & Europe
Lecture presented by Alastair Walton, President of the European Australian Business Council on Wednesday 15 May at 5pm at the Australian National University Centre for European Studies. Mr Walton will also launch a new annual research fellowship aimed at improving EU-Australia trade relations.
"World peace cannot be safeguarded without the making of creative efforts proportionate to the dangers which threaten it."(R. Schuman)
Sixty-three years ago, on 9 May 1950, the then French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman made the first move towards the creation of what we now know as the European Union (EU).
The 2013 EUROPEAN UNION - QANTAS JOURNALIST AWARD in association with the National Press Club. Please see general information about the award. Applications closed 3 May 2013.
The EUVP (established in 1974) enables young, promising leaders from countries outside the European Union to gain first-hand experiences of the EU's goals, policies, institutions and achievements. The programme also serves to increase mutual understanding between professionals from non-EU countries and their EU counterparts. Successful applicants will have a unique chance to take part in an individual five-to-eight-day programme of meetings with EU officials at the EU institutions in Brussels, Strasbourg and /or Luxembourg. Applications close 19 April.
European Commission Vice-President and Commissioner for Competition, Joaquín Almunia, visited Australia in March. Vice-President Almunia presented the keynote speech at the EABC/ANZSOG Conference in Melbourne on 20 March, and the opening address at the International Bar Association 9th Competition Mid-Year Conference in Sydney on 21 March.
Statement by the High Representative, Catherine Ashton, on International Women's Day, 8 March 2013
Windows on Europe Film Festival is organised by the EU Delegation to Australia and the Embassies of the EU member states, in collaboration with Dendy. Sydney: 14-17 March 2013 at Dendy Newtown. This year the programme features cinematic gems from Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, the Slovak Republic, Spain and Sweden.
European Commission President Barroso announced the Nobel Peace Prize projects to help 23,000 children affected by war and conflicts. The Peace Prize money was approx 930,000 euros, which will be topped up to 2 million euros by the EU, and will go to funding access to basic education and child-friendly spaces for: around 4,000 Syrian refugee children in camps at the border between Iraq and Syria; more than 5,000 Colombian children, most of them refugees in Ecuador; 11,000 Congolese children displaced in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and refugees in Ethopia; and 3,000 Pakistani children in the conflict-affected north of the country.
The Ambassador and staff of the European Union in Australia wish you and your family a safe and peaceful festive season
The final in the series "Australia and Europe in Conversation" was held on Tuesday 4 December at the ANU Centre for European Studies. With the participation of H.E. Mr Paul Madden, High Commissioner for the United Kingdom to Australia, H.E. Mr Gian Ludovico de Martino di Montegiordano, Ambassador for Italy to Australia, H.E. Mr David Daly, Ambassador of the European Union to Australia, and the Hon Richard Marles MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs. If you missed the event, you can catch the program at 8.00pm on Thursday 6 December, or download from the ABC's "Big Ideas" website at http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/bigideas/australia-and-europe-in-conversation2c-part-ten/4327104
Op-ed by President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and
President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso
World Cinema Sessions is organized by the Tuggeranong Arts Centre in Association with the Diplomatic Missions of Argentina, Cuba, Malta, Nigeria, South Africa and Spain. See attached flyer for next week's screening of the Spanish film "The Hanged Man Game".
The upcoming Asia-Europe meeting (ASEM) will be held in Laos, 5-6 November 2012 with the theme: "Friends for Peace, Partners for Prosperity". Established in 1996, the key regional dialogue is made up of the 27 member states of the EU, the EU itself, members of ASEAN+3, as well as India, Mongolia, Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand and Russia. This meeting will be particularly important, as 2012 is the year of the EU in Asia, where Europe seeks to align itself more closely with the region, on economic, political and social grounds. 50 out of 51 participant countries are attending the upcoming talks. Participants also include EU representatives President Van Rompuy and President Barroso. On 9 November, ANUCES, the EU Delegation in Australia and the Asia-Europe Foundation will hold a seminar: "Mutual Perceptions of Asia and the EU in a Changing Global Environment - the view from Australia".
Helga Schmid, Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs in the EU's European External Action Service, will be in Australia from 5 to 7 November. Helga Schmid, Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs in the EU's European External Action Service, will be in Australia from 5 to 7 November. She will participate in the Australia-EU Strategic Dialogue, in Round Table dialogues with the Lowy Institute, the ANU Centre for European Studies, and a Boardroom Forum and lunch at the European-Australian Business Council.
David O'Sullivan, the Chief Operating Officer of the European External Action Service (the European Union's diplomatic service), will visit Wellington this week, on 22-24 August. Prior to joining the EEAS, Mr O'Sullivan served in the European Commission as Director-General for Trade from 2005-2010 and as Secretary-General from 2000-2005. While in the country, Mr O'Sullivan will be sharing information and views on global events and regional developments, such as Syria, Iran and across Asia and the Pacific.
On the 9th of May 1950, Robert Schuman presented his proposal on the creation of an organised Europe, indispensable to the maintenance of peaceful relations. This proposal, known as the "Schuman declaration", is considered to be the beginning of the creation of what is now the European Union. Today, the 9th of May has become a European symbol (Europe Day) which, along with the flag, the anthem, the motto and the single currency (the euro), identifies the political entity of the European Union.
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From the Delegation of the European Union to Australia
Signature of a new agreement between Australia and the European Atomic Energy Community (EURATOM) to spur a further deepening of cooperation in the areas of nuclear safeguards, security and safety: Julia Gillard, Australian Prime Minister, on the right, and José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission