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The EU Centre for Global Affairs is calling for papers (second call) for a Joint EU Centres’ Conference that will take place at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Melbourne on 16-18 October 2017. The title of this year’s conference is “Fulfilling the Vision: European Union Futures”For more details download the Conference flyer HERE.

Papers or suggestions for special sessions should be submitted by 14 July 2017 via the conference registration website HERE.

The conference leads to an associated event in Adelaide, ‘The Future of the EU Summit’, hosted by the Hawke EU Centre for Mobilities, Migration and Cultural Transformations, featuring Loukas Tsoukalis. Further details on this event can be found HERE.

The EU Centres look forward to your participation in the conference. This is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the European Union Centres program in Australia and New Zealand, and to look forward to the new activities of the Centres from 2018 onwards.

Please direct any enquiries about the Conference to Professor Bruce Wilson: bruce.wilson@rmit.edu.au.

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On 6 June 2017, the EU Centre for Global Affairs, in collaboration with the Australian Services Roundtable (ASR), the European Australian Business Council (EABC), and MinterEllison, welcomed over 85 interested participants from a broad range of services industry organisations, to engage with a high level panel of informed business speakers, following a Key Note address from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. This business event took place back-to-back with the Europe-Australia Leadership Forum, taking the discussions which had taken place in that context, transitioning it to a broader stakeholder audience that included representatives from the wider business community, in particular SMEs.

We were very lucky to have Laura Tingle, Political Editor for the Australian Financial Review, to moderate the forum, ensuring a concise, content-rich and interactive conversation.

Alison Burrows, Australia’s designated Chief Negotiator for the A/EU FTA reported the finalisation of the comprehensive new treaty-level Australia/EU Framework Agreement, which is expected to be signed in the coming months, as well as completion of the joint scoping study on the FTA, leading the way to likely launch of the negotiations before the end of the year. She outlined Australia’s perspectives and general objectives for the services industries, including for example in telecommunications, financial services and professional services. She also referred to outcomes captured in the proposed text of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) with respect to the digital economy and to investor-state dispute settlement.

Ivano Casella, Counsellor at the Trade and Economic Section of the EU Delegation to Australia and New Zealand, gave a thorough rundown on EU-Australia services trade and investment trade relations, analysing the size and composition of trade flows. He drew attention to the common ground achieved in the negotiations which are now on hold for the plurilateral Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) as a result of which Australia and the EU now know each other very well on the services front. He also provided an up to date briefing on the nature of the European Commission’s mandate on investment.

Pascal Kerneis, Managing Director, European Services Forum, outlined European business interests across several pillars of the FTA, including market access and regulatory disciplines and cooperation, impressing the audience with up-to-date trade in value added data to substantiate his perspectives. He expanded on the EC investment mandate, explaining the recent decision of the European Court of Justice.

Jason Collins, CEO of the European Australian Business Council, usefully coloured the discussion with a broad range of business anecdotes highlighting the very extensive nature of the bilateral commercial relationship.

Over a wide range of discussion on many important issues, two ideas stood out: the importance of a services-focused FTA; and the size and significance of the European Union as a services trading partner. As Jane Drake-Brockman (Director of the EU Centre for Global Affairs) wrote for the EU-Australia Leadership Forum, if we remain focused on merchandise trade, “we risk remaining blind to current Australian business realities.” Data suggests that, now more than ever, an FTA with the EU requires a strong services backbone to fully capitalise on this rich opportunity for Australia.

Pascal Kerneis similarly said in his blog that EU services exports total more than 25% of global services exports. If intra-EU services exports are taken into account, that reaches more than 40%. With such large intra-EU services trade flows, Australia will remain locked out of their markets, unless we create open these opportunities through services outcomes in the FTA.

The EU Centre for Global Affairs is conducting collaborative research with European partners on the Australia/EU FTA and will present additional findings to the business community at an event to be hosted in October 17 in Melbourne.

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Ivano Casella, Counsellor at the Trade and Economic Section of the EU Delegation to Australia and New Zealand

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Jason Collins, CEO of the European Australian Business Council

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Pascal Kerneis, Managing Director at the European Services Forum

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From left to right: Tim Harcourt, author of The Airport Economist asking a question to the panel; David Inglis, Partner with MinterEllison; and Laura Tingle, Political Editor for the Australian Financial Review

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From left to right: Ivano Casella; Alison Burrows, Chief Negotiator for the Australia/EU FTA; Pascal Kerneis; and Jason Collins

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Pascal Kerneis, in front of the banner of the EU Centre for Global Affairs

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From left to right: John Maroney, CEO of the SMSF Association; Pascal Kerneis; Ivano Casella; Robert Monterosso, EU Centre for Global Affairs; and Sabine Pittrof, Board Member for German-Australian Business Council

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The University of Adelaide’s Institute for International Trade and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade invite you to join us for a presentation and panel discussion on: BREXIT: Challenges and Opportunities for Australia.

Date: Monday 26 June 2017

Time: 3.30pm for a 4pm start, with drinks and refreshments concluding by 6pm

Venue: Room 4/5, Level 7, 10 Pulteney Street, Adelaide Get directions

RSVP: Please CLICK HERE to register your attendance

The European Union (EU) is Australia’s largest source of Foreign Direct Investment and our second largest trading partner, with EU investment in Australia having recently exceeded $1 trillion. The United Kingdom (UK) is Australia’s fifth largest trading partner, with two-way trade reaching some $26 billion during 2015-16 and investment in Australia estimated at almost $500 billion during the same period.

Given our significant trade and investment relationships with both the EU and the UK, Britain’s decision to exit the European Union has broad ranging implications for Australia.

  • How will the decision impact Australia’s trade and investment interests?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities for Australia?
  • How will we move forward?

Following the Brexit referendum on 23 June 2016, the Australian Government has continued to work with both the EU and UK to preserve and expand access for Australian exporters and investors in both markets.

Join leading experts for presentations and discussion on the implications of the Brexit decision for Australia’s trade and investment interests.

Speakers:

  • Remo Moretta is the Assistant Secretary responsible for Australia’s trade relations with Europe and Brexit. He served as Australia’s Deputy High Commissioner to New Zealand from 2012 to 2015. Mr Moretta has experience in trade policy and negotiations spanning over 20 years. He has served as First Secretary to the Permanent Mission to the WTO in Geneva and as Counsellor for Trade in the Australian Embassy in Washington.
  • Dave Gordge is Director of the South Australia State Office of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), where he is responsible for managing DFAT’s engagement with its diverse local stakeholders, including the State Government and South Australia’s business and academic communities. Mr Gordge is a career officer of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has served overseas as Deputy Head of Mission in the Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh (2011-13) and as Third Secretary, and later Second Secretary, in the Australian Embassy in Santiago de Chile (2004-06).
  • Professor Christopher Findlay is Executive Director of the Institute for International Trade and Executive Dean of the Faculty of the Professions at The University of Adelaide. Professor Findlay is an economist with expertise in international trade policy and theory, services trade and public policy. He has published extensively on trade liberalisation, Free Trade Agreements and regional integration.
  • Professor Kym Anderson is George Gollin Professor of Economics at The University of Adelaide and formerly foundation Executive Director of the Centre for International Economic Studies at the University of Adelaide, where he has been affiliated since 1984. Previously he was a Research Fellow in Economics at ANU’s Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, which he re-joined part-time in 2012. Professor Anderson has spent several years as a lead economist at both the GATT (now World Trade Organization) and the World Bank. His publications are in the fields of international trade and economic development, including a focus on primary products, food and wine.
  • Jane Drake-Brockman is Director of the EU Centre for Global Affairs, University of Adelaide. A former diplomat and Chief Economist with DFAT, she served as Minister at the Australian Delegation to the EU in Brussels 1995-1998. She has worked with the International Trade Centre in Geneva, Commonwealth Secretariat in London and OECD Secretariat in Paris; founded the Australian Services Roundtable; served as Executive Committee member of the Hong Kong Coalition of Services Industries, Convenor of the PECC Taskforce on Services and now chairs the new Asia Pacific Services Coalition.

For event enquiries, please contact Lisa Hunt via email at lisa.hunt@adelaide.edu.au or on 0421 359 518.

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What a brilliant week spent with the Shadow Players Theatre Group from Hong Kong, who brought their funny and engaging interpretation of Molière’s play The Learned Ladies to Adelaide to perform to both High School students and the general public in May 2017 as part of our Europe Day celebrations. The week started off with the […]

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The inaugural meeting of the EU-Australia Leadership Forum “Sharpen your Perspective: Shared Opportunities and Common Challenges” drew to a close in Sydney earlier this week. The event took place over 5 days. It started on Friday 2 June with a group of 50 Emerging Leaders engaging with subject experts and each other to gain a better understanding […]

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On the occasion of the inaugural EU-Australia Leadership Forum that is taking place is Sydney, Australia on 2-6 June, 2017 the Australian Institute of International Affairs on behalf of the EU-Australia Leadership Forum published “The EU and Australia: Shared Opportunities and Common Challenges”. This publication was designed to give an overview of the main themes of the EU-Australia relationship, […]

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Date: Tuesday 20 June 2017 Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm Venue: Palace Nova East End Cinema, 251 Rundle Street, Adelaide Get directions RSVP: Register Here Enquiries: hawkeEUcentre@unisa.edu.au Through the lens of national security and global stability, The Age of Consequences looks at the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity and migration. In recognition of European Climate […]

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By Jane Drake-Brockman Director, EU Centre for Global Affairs, Institute for International Trade, The University of Adelaide Vice-President, Australian Services Roundtable The narrative on commercial relations between Australia and the EU has traditionally been about agriculture. That was largely yesterday’s story. In retelling it, we risk remaining blind to current Australian business realities and ignore […]

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The forum provides an opportunity for Australian services firms to receive a high-level briefing on the proposed Australia/EU FTA from both the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the EU Delegation to Australia and New Zealand, with commentary and interaction from key business representatives in both Australia and Europe. The forum is moderated […]

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The EU Centre for Global Affairs is calling for papers for a Joint EU Centres’ Conference that will take place at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Melbourne on 16-18 October 2017. The title of this year’s conference is “Fulfilling the Vision: European Union Futures”.  Many observers are professing increasing scepticism about the future of the European […]

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