Australian Embassy
Belgium, Luxembourg and Mission to the European Union and NATO

Message from the Ambassador
Welcome to the website of the Australian Embassy in Brussels. I hope you find it informative.  Our role is to promote Australia's interests with the European Union, NATO and in Belgium and Luxembourg. We also provide a range of services to Australians. Learn more about what we do by watching the video below.

 

 

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The Embassy is located at:
Level 7, Avenue des Arts/Kunstlaan 56, Brussels 1000

Embassy opening hours 
08.30am-5:00pm on weekdays, except public holidays (passport and notarial services are available Monday to Friday by appointment only).

Please note the Australian Embassy in Brussels will be closed  during the Holiday Season from 25 December 2019 until 1 January 2020 included.
For urgent consular assistance, please contact the Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305

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24-hour emergency assistance for Australian citizens outside normal business hours

For Australian Overseas

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If you need immediate assistance, you can call the Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 from overseas or 1300 555 135 from within Australia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. The fifth round took place in the week of 14-18 October 2019.  Engage with the Australian FTA negotiating team here.

                                                                                                        5th round of negotiations in Canberra, 14-18 October 2019

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.

DG Paquet visit to Australia July 2019 AU EU JSTCC

 

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. The official Communique is available here.

Foreign and Security Policy

Australia-EU Framework Agreement
The Framework Agreement between the European Union and Australia is a vehicle for enhancing cooperation across the foreign and security policy agenda where Australian and EU interests are aligned. The Agreement was signed on 7 August 2017 and entered into force (on a provisional basis pending ratification by all EU member states) on 4 October 2018.  Two meetings have been held of the Joint Committee that was established by the Framework Agreement to take forward a program of dialogue and cooperation.  The first meeting was on 13 November in Canberra, and the second took place on 24 June 2019 in Brussels.  The statements released after these meetings can be viewed at: https://dfat.gov.au/news/media/Pages/media.aspx


Australia EU Framework Agreement Joint Committee Meeting June 2019

Development
On 6 February 2019 the EU and Australia discussed stepping up their joint efforts in a number of development areas during their latest Development Dialogue in Brussels.  This was the third Development Dialogue and represents the high priority for both sides of holding regular exchanges in this area.  We confirmed our commitment to the rules-based order and explored opportunities for working together in the Indo-Pacific and through our respective approaches to infrastructure financing and connectivity.  The next dialogue will be held in Australia by 2020.

 

 

 

AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS LINKS
Austrade - Frankfurt office
Austrade - Paris office

Australian Network in Belgium (ANiB)

 

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT NEWS LINKS
Prime Minister The Hon Scott Morrison, MP 
Minister for  Foreign Affairs  Senator The Hon Marise Payne
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment  Senator The Hon Simon Birmingham, MP
Treasurer The Hon Josh Frydenberg, MP
Minister for Agriculture Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie
Minister for Home Affairs The Hon Peter Dutton, MP
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade