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. Mrs Eva Ponomarenkova, Ambassador for the Slovak Republic to Australia and New Zealand, H.E. Mr Yannis Iacovou, High Commissioner of Cyprus to Australia, H.E. Mr Francis Tabone, High Commissioner of Malta to Australia and New Zealand and the Hon Mr Tim Fischer AC, former Leader of the National Party and Deputy Prime Minister in the Howard Government, 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.
To view the flyer for this event please see: Australia and Europe in conversation - number 9: 50 years of EU-Australia relations.
For more information about the conversation series, click here.