The EU Trade Commissioner Dr Cecilia Malmström revealed that the EU will begin drafting a Free Trade Agreement with Australia and New Zealand in July.
Commissioner Malmström will travel to Australia this month to launch talks with Trade Minister Steven Ciobo and deliver this year's Schuman Lecture at The Australian National University on 18 June.
Entitled 'EU–Australia: A Global Alliance for Trade', Commissioner Malmström's lecture will explore the opportunities offered by an EU–Australia Free Trade Agreement, and how this relationship could help strengthen the global trading system.
"We will be looking at facilitating trade in all areas - in goods and services, public procurement. We will also be talking about sustainable development, about energy, about regulatory cooperation." Dr Malmström told SBS News in an exclusive interview.
The ANU Centre for European Studies (ANUCES) has hosted the annual Schuman Lecture since1996. The first lecture was delivered by Lord Leon Brittan, the then Vice-President of the European Commission. Since then, the University has coordinated annual Schuman Lectures by many distinguished speakers, including former Australian Ambassador to Germany Mr Ritchie AO in 2017, and the Right Honourable Alexander Downer, MP, back in 2006. The Robert Schuman Lecture series celebrates the remarkable achievements of European integration since its modest beginnings in the European Coal and Steel Community in 1951, announced in a declaration by French Foreign Minister Schuman.
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