The inaugural meeting of the EU-Australia Leadership Forum draws to a close today, having taken place against the stunning backdrop of Sydney and its Vivid festival. The EU-Australia Leadership Forum is an impressive gathering of people from both sides of the world, representing business, the not-for-profit sector, government, academia and the media. They have come together to discuss how the EU and Australia can work together in the future. This event comes at a crucial point in EU-Australia relations, with a Framework Agreement covering relations between the two ready to be signed, and negotiations about to start on an EU-Australia Free Trade Agreement.
The event took place over five 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 of what the EU and Australia already do together. The group also formulated recommendations that were presented to Senior Leaders. Senior and Emerging Leaders joined together in a day of discussions on major issues on the agenda of both parties, such as the crisis in politics, global shocks and paths to prosperity. The Senior Leaders are today completing the event by participating in a series of roundtables.
The Forum also saw the launch of a publication dedicated to EU-Australia relations, with original and reprinted pieces covering issues such as foreign policy, security, trade, climate change, migration and innovation. It describes the major milestones in the EU-Australia relationship and provides key statistics. The EU and Australia: Shared Opportunities and Common Challenges is available to download and printed copies are available on request.
The video below shows highlights from the inuagural EU-Australia Leadership Forum, as well as reflections from some of those who took part.