Australian and Europe in conversation: 50 years of EU-Australia relations

Australian and Europe in conversation: 50 years of EU-Australia relations
Tuesday 16 June 2015

50 years ago, in March 1962, Sir Edwin McCarthy took up his position as the first Australian Ambassador to the EU. Today the EU-Australia 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, 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.

Some of the conversations will be held in Melbourne and a number of them will be recorded and broadcasted by Radio National’s “Big Ideas” program, and filmed by the Sky A-Pac Channel. For the list of conversations, please, scroll down or click here.

CES Visiting Scholar Laura Clarke has been filming the conversations series to produce a short documentary film. The documentary is out now. (The trailer to the documentary is available below).

Australia and the European Union in Conversation from Hickory Hill Productions on Vimeo.

Australia and the European Union in Conversation (trailer) from Hickory Hill Productions on Vimeo.


29 February 2012 ... in conversation with Denmark, Poland and the EU Delegation Link
28 March 2012 ... in conversation with Germany and France Link
18 April 2012 ... in conversation with Czech RepublicRomania and Slovenia Link
30 May 2012* ... in conversation with Belgium and Sweden Link
27 June 2012^ ... in conversation with The Netherlands and Finland Link
25 July 2012 ... in conversation with Ireland and Portugal Link
29 August 2012 ... in conversation with Bulgaria and Spain Link
26 September 2012 ... in conversation with CroatiaHungary 
and the EU Delegation
31 October 2012 ... in conversation with Cyprus, Malta and Slovakia Link
28 November 2012 ... in conversation with Austria, Greece and the EU Delegation


4 December 2012 ... in conversation with The United Kingdom, Italy and the EU Delegation Link

* Event held in Melbourne by the EU Centre at RMIT University.
^ Event held in Melbourne by the Monash University European and EU Centre.

All events are held in cooperation with the
Delegation of the European Union to Australia.



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