Australia and Europe in Conversation – number 5: 50 years of EU-Australia relations

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 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 the MEEUC is fortunate to be joined by the Finnish Ambassador, H.E. Mrs Maija Lähteenmäki, and H.E. Mr Willem Andrae, Ambassador of the Netherlands to Australia. Also speaking is Dr Andrea Benvenuti, Associate Member MEEUC and Senior Lecturer of European Studies and International Relations at the University of NSW. The topic of discussion is ‘The EU as a regional institution and democracy? The euro and the Future of the Union: the end of certainties?’ Joining them will be Mr Paul Barclay from ABC's Radio NAtional, who will moderate the discussion.

The podcast of the conversation is now available on the Big Ideas website.

To view the flyer for this event please see: Australia and Europe in conversation - number 5: 50 years of EU-Australia relations.

For more information about the conversation series, click here.

Date & time

Wed 27 Jun 2012, 12am


Monash Conference Centre, Level 7, 30 Collins Street, Melbourne


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