Message from the Ambassador
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Trade and investment
Australia-EU FTA negotiations
Australia and the EU launched negotiations for a bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in June 2018. The launch was announced during the visit to Australia by EU Trade Commissioner Malmström. Both sides have made public reference to their commitment to achieving a comprehensive and ambitious outcome. Such an agreement has the potential to generate significant commercial benefits. It would also reflect the shared interest of Australia and the EU in protecting and promoting an effective global rules-based order. Four negotiating rounds have been held to date, in July and December 2018 and March and June 2019. Further rounds are planned in October and December 2019. Engage with the Australian FTA negotiating team here: www.dfat.gov.au
Science, research and innovation
Australia and the European Commission held their 15th Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee Meeting on 23 July in Canberra. The meeting was co-chaired by Director General of the European Commission’s DG Research and Innovation, Jean-Eric Paquet, and by Australia’s a/g Deputy Secretary in the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.
The meeting presented an opportunity for the European Commission and Australia to discuss the critical role that science and innovation can play in addressing the rapidly changing technological environment together with common global social, environmental and economic challenges. Both countries discussed the current areas of collaboration as well as areas of potential future collaboration. A Communique will be available shortly.
Foreign and Security Policy
Australia-EU Framework Agreement