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Foreign Affairs Minister will represent Australia ANZAC Day Commemorations in Belgium
On 25 April 2015 Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop will represent the Australian Government at ANZAC Day commemorations in Ypres, Belgium to highlight the importance Australia attaches to honouring sacrifices made on the Western Front during the First World War. Nearly 13,000 Australians lost their lives in Belgium during the First World War. In Ypres, from August to November 1917, Australia suffered 38,000 casualties – our most costly experience of war. Read more
Anzac Day in Flanders 2015
The Australian Embassy, in collaboration with local municipalities and the New Zealand Embassy, is again organising a program of commemorations in Belgium on ANZAC Day. The day's program starts at 6am with the Dawn Service at Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood. Services then follow at Tyne Cot Cemetery, the Menin Gate in Ieper/Ypres and Toronto Avenue Cemetery in Ploegsteert. There is also Australian participation during the nightly Last Post Association ceremonies at Menin Gate on the 24th and 25th April. Our Commemorations page contains more information including on What to expect and how to prepare and Traffic and access arrangements
Foreign Minister Bishop Meets with EU High Representative Federica Mogherini
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on 22nd April met with EU High Representative Federica Mogherini in Brussels to take Australia-EU cooperation to a new level. In a statement afterwards Minister Bishop said: We marked the end of negotiations of the EU Australia Framework Agreement, which will provide a strong basis for developing our cooperation on a range of foreign and security policy matters. We discussed ways in which we can bring economic growth, jobs and prosperity to Australia and the EU, including through a potential Australia-EU Free Trade Agreement. Read more
Towards a closer Australia-EU Partnership: Joint Declaration of the Australian Foreign Minister and the EU's High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy/Vice President of the Commission
Prime Minister Abbott attends dinner meeting with EU Ambassadors
Prime Minister Abbott (centre) with EU Ambassador Fabrizi on his left and other EU Ambassadors.
Australian Prime Minister, the Hon Tony Abbott, attended a dinner on 13th April hosted by H.E. Mr Sem Fabrizi, the European Union (EU) Ambassador in Canberra, to discuss Australia-EU relations. Also attending were Heads of Mission from EU countries.
innovationXchange - Australia’s new aid paradigm
Foreign Minister Bishop on 23rd March launched innovationXchange, an Australian Government initiative to revolutionise the delivery and effectiveness of Australia’s aid program. The A$140 million project, the next phase of the Australian Government’s new aid paradigm, will mainstream innovation throughout the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Read more
Australia marks International Women’s Day
Ambassador Higgie is pictured with Ambassador Schuurman after having hosted an International Women’s Day lunch.
Australia marked International Women’s Day (IWD) on 8th March and the days leading up to it with a variety of events and activities. In 2015, Australia used IWD to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade launched a publication Empowering Women – Australia’s support for gender equality and the empowerment of women and Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, Natasha Stott Despoja AM, penned an opinion piece and put her message about IWD on-line . Here in Brussels Ambassador Higgie hosted an International Women’s Day lunch on 5th March with the guest of honour Ambassador Marriët Schuurman, NATO Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security.
New Business Envoy launched
The first edition of Business Envoy – a publication that shares market insights from DFAT’s global diplomatic network – was launched today on the DFAT website. Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb said that “the bi-monthly Business Envoy will better inform Australian business on the economic and market implications of geopolitical events and trends”.
Australia and Iraq confirm shared commitment to combating Daesh
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iraq, HE Dr Ibrahim Al-Ja’afari, in Canberra on 12 February to discuss bilateral relations and reaffirm our shared commitment to combating the terrorist threat of Daesh (also known as ISIL). Read more
Ambassador Higgie speaks in the European Parliament to the Delegation for relations with Australia and New Zealand
Ambassador Higgie (centre) delivering his speech to members of DANZ
Ambassador Higgie gave a speech highlighting core elements of the relationship between Australia and the European Union before the Delegation for relations with Australia and New Zealand (DANZ) at the European Parliament on 26 February. In his remarks, the Ambassador underlined the broad scope of existing cooperation between Australia and the EU, including on development, terrorism and trade. He also emphasised the potential for future cooperation on trade and security.
Landmark China-Australia Free Trade Agreement
The landmark China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) will unlock substantial new benefits for Australians for years to come. ChAFTA will add billions to the economy, create jobs and drive higher living standards for Australians. Australian businesses will have unprecedented access to the world’s second largest economy. It greatly enhances our competitive position in key areas such as agriculture, resources and energy, manufacturing exports, services and investment. Read more
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