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EABC’s Business Mission to Europe includes Brussels stop, European Parliament discussion.
The European Australian Business Council (EABC) recently visited Brussels, Amsterdam, The Hague, Dublin and London. A highlight of the visit was a meeting with members of the International Trade Committee (INTA) of the European Parliament to discuss the opportunities for forging an ambitious, comprehensive economic partnership agreement (FTA) between the European Union and Australia. The session in Parliament was led, from the European side, by Daniel Caspary MEP, and from the Australian side by Finance Minister Mathias Cormann and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, together with EABC Chairman Nick Greiner AC, Deputy Chairs Simon Crean and Carla Zampatti AC, and Austrade CEO Dr Stephanie Fahey.
The week-long mission engaged with European leaders and institutions, including senior ministers in The Netherlands and Ireland, the new Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Central Bank Governors and peak business organisations. Discussions focused on the rapidly developing economic relationship between Australia and Europe (Australia’s largest trade and investment partner overall), including ways to enhance co-operation in areas such as bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations, innovation, climate change, energy, healthcare and security policy.
European leaders were supportive for the EU-Australia FTA as a platform for enhanced business ties, but also as a mechanism for broadening and deepening co-operation on a range of issues where shared values underpin a common perspective on major global issues.
Photo by EABC: EABC delegates exchange with the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee – European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium
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