The new European Union Ambassador to Australia, Dr Michael Pulch, presented his credentials to the Governor-General at Government House in Canberra.
Dr Pulch said he was pleased to take up the appointment at an exciting time in the EU-Australia relationship.
"We are about to hopefully start negotiating a free trade deal which will significantly enhance our relationship. We also recently signed a Framework Agreement that upgrades our bilateral political cooperation and held our first EU-Australia Leadership Forum that brought together leaders from all sectors," Dr Pulch said.
"Our interaction is expanding fast, to our mutual benefit. A clear example of this is the growing Australian involvement in the EU's $A120 billion Horizon 2020 innovation program where more than 80 Australian researchers are participating in programs worth more than $A300 million.
"I would also encourage as many Australians as possible to participate in the Erasmus+ education program that has so far seen more than 360 Australians study in Europe since 2015."
Dr Pulch said he was looking forward to contributing to deepen bilateral relations and helping Australians engage more with the EU which is the world's largest economy, the biggest trade player, the number one global development aid donor and major innovation hub.
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