50 years of EU-Australia relations – Wednesday 31 October 2012 5.30 – 6.30pm. 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 ANU Centre for European Studies to talk about their country and why it joined the EU, their current position and how their country interacts with Australia.
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 Gian Ludovico de Martino di Montegiordano, Ambassador for Italy to Australia and the Hon Mr Tim Fischer, 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.
Venue: ANU Centre for European Studies, 1 Liversidge Street (Bldg 67C), Canberra Parking: please see the Visitor Parking Map