The European Union: Australia’s New Business Horizon


About the Symposium

Together with Mr Don Kenyon of the ANU’s National Europe Centre, Associate Professor Pierre van der Eng of the School Management , Marketing and International Business organised the two-day symposium The European Union: Australia’s New Business Horizon during 13-14 March 2008. The symposium discussed current issues in the business relations between Australia and the EU. About 60 invited participants from private enterprise, Commonwealth public service, foreign diplomatic service in Canberra, and the ANU contributed to a varied program that contained 10 presentations. Each of the presentations outlined a key aspect of the bilateral relationship. The event was supported by the European Australia Business Council and Minter Ellison Lawyers.

Discussions revealed that the bilateral business relationship is strong, and also that both parts of the world are committed to the liberalisation of trade and investment. Consequently, following Asia and North America, the EU can be regarded as Australia's new business horizon.

However, a range of ‘behind-the-border’ regulations in both Australia and the European Union may stand in the way of further growth and diversification of bilateral trade and investment. Discussion canvassed how this issue may be addressed at political and diplomatic levels and in academic research.

Symposium Program: PDF file, 32KB

Symposium presentations

Available PowerPoint Presentations:

Date & time

Thu 13 Mar 2008, 12am – Fri 14 Mar 2008, 12am


Sparke Helmore Theatre 1, ANU College of Law, Fellows Road, The Australian National University


Mr David Spencer, Deputy Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade
Mr Iain Sandford, Deputy Director, International Trade Group, Minter Ellison
Mr Mitchell H Hooke, Chief Executive, Minerals Council of Australia
HE Ambassador Bruno Julien, Head of Delegation of the European Commission to Australia & NZ
Mr Phillip Glyde, Executive Director, Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Professor Jenny Corbett, Executive Director, AJRC, Crawford School, Australian National University
Professor Christopher Findlay, School of Economics, University of Adelaide, and Mr Hussain Rammal, School of Commerce, University of Adelaide


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