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. Mr Charalampos Dafaranos, Ambassador for Greece to Australia, H.E. Dr Helmut Böck, Ambassador for Austria to Australia, H.E. Mr David Daly, Ambassador of the European Union to Australia and to New Zealand, and Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC, Chancellor of the Australian National University and former Foreign Minister, 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.