The EU-Australia Leadership Forum (EUALF) is a unique project in the EU's suite of public diplomacy actions and demonstrates a shared commitment to the already strong bilateral relationship. The Forum's overall objective is to broaden and deepen the existing ties and in so doing, help shape the vision for the partnership, based on the future EU-Australia Framework Agreement and forthcoming EU-Australia Free Trade Agreement.
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The EU-Australia Leadership Forum was launched on 8 September 2016. The core of the project is the EU-Australia Senior Leaders Forum, a high-level event held annually, alternately in Australia and in Europe. This forum brings together key European and Australian leaders from Government and Opposition, business, media, education and civil society. It helps provide input and ideas to diversify and intensify the relationship in key areas.
The Senior Leaders Forum is complemented by the EU-Australia Emerging Leaders Forum. This latest brings together young and energetic professionals, MPs, academics and policy makers from both Australia and Europe to engage in discussions around the future of the EU-Australia relationship. They contribute their ideas and recommendations to the Senior Leaders Forum.
The first EU-Australia Senior Leaders Forum, combined with the first EU-Australia Emerging Leaders Forum, took place in Sydney, Australia, in June 2017. It gathered European and Australian senior leaders from a range of sectors. Visit the event page to learn more about the forum. The next Forum will take place in Europe in 2018. A call for applications to the 2018 Forum will be released in the course of 2018.
The project also runs regular Expert Policy Workshops ahead of regular officials-level EU-Australia Sectoral Dialogues, which cover topics such as security, counter terrorism, trade, education, macro-economic issues and development. These workshops provide critical, analytical and innovative thinking to inform the officials-level dialogues and assist the strategic discussions of the Senior Leaders and Emerging Leaders fora. The EU-Australia Leadership Forum held its first Sectoral Policy Workshop on 28 March 2017, on the theme of "Development in a digital world". Find out more about the workshop.
The project funded by the European Union through the Partnership Instrument (EUR 2 million, approximately AUD 3 million) will cover a period of three years (2016-2019). Throughout this period, several papers and publications on various key policy issues will be produced to inform both the Senior Leaders and Emerging Leaders Fora, and Expert Policy Workshops.
The contract is managed by a consortium led by MWH – now part of Stantec, in partnership with the Australian Institute for International Affairs (AIIA), Agriconsulting Europe (AESA) and the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (GACIC).
A Multi-Stakeholder Steering Committee comprising leaders from Europe and Australia across all sectors – government, industry, academia, NGOs and interest groups – will help guide the project.