50 years ago, in March 1962, Sir Edwin McCarthy took up his position as the first Australian Ambassador to the EU. Since then EU-Australia relations have had their ups and downs but today the relationship is broader, deeper and stronger than
ever - but many challenges lie ahead.
Every month this year, two or three Ambassadors and/or High Commissioners from EU Member States, together with Australian Ambassadors to Europe and other experts, will gather at the ANUCES to talk about their country and why it joined the EU, their current position and how their country interacts with Australia. Most of the events will be recorded and broadcast by Radio National’s “Big Ideas” program,
and filmed by the Sky A-Pac Channel.
This month we are fortunate to be joined by H.E. Dr Hynek Kmoníček, Ambassador for the Czech Republic to Australia and New Zealand, H.E. Dr Mihai-Stefan Stuparu, Ambassador for Romania to Australia and New Zealand, H.E. Dr Milan Balažic, Ambassador for the Republic of Slovenia to Australia and New Zealand, Dr John Besemeres from the ANU Centre for European Studies and Distinguished Professor Ian McAllister of Political Science at the ANU, who will together discuss the fifty years of relations between Australia and the EU. Joining them will be Mr Paul Bongiorno, National Affairs Editor at Network Ten, who will moderate the discussion.
The podcast of the conversation is available on the Big Ideas website.
The video of the conversation is available on Youtube.
To view the flyer for this event please see: Australia and Europe in conversation - number 3: 50 years of EU-Australia relations.
For more information about the conversation series, click here.