Developing Closer Ties: EU Member State Perspectives on EU-Australia Relations

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SUMMARY

The European Union consists of Member States who have strong interest in promoting relations with Australia on topics as diverse as trade negotiations, culture and economic opportunities. On the 28th of February, for the first time in Australia, the Hawke EU Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence brought 16 European Ambassadors and High Commissioners together at the University of South Australia, to dissect and debate the EU’s relationship with Australia.

The Ambassadorial Delegation included His Excellency Dr Michael Pulch, EU Ambassador to Australia. Heads of Missions representing a diverse range of European Union countries addressed key topics of interest to the EU and EU-Australia relations, including Culture, Commerce, Heritage, and Education and Research.

HIS EXCELLENCY DR MICHAEL PULCH, EU AMBASSADOR TO AUSTRALIA

His Excellency Dr Pulch was appointed to the role of European Union Ambassador to Australia in September 2017. Prior to his arrival in Australia Dr Pulch served as EU Ambassador in Singapore. Dr Pulch previously headed the Russia Division in the European External Action Service (EEAS) in Brussels, where he coordinated EU policies on Russia and chaired the EU Interservice Group on Russia. Prior to that from 2006 to 2011 he was posted to Beijing as Deputy Chief of Mission of the EU Delegation to China, in charge of EU policies on China and relations with Mongolia.

As deputy head of the European Commission's East Asia Division in Brussels until 2006 he worked on political and economic aspects of EU relations with countries in the Far East/Australasia region. He also co-authored the EU's first East Asia Policy Guidelines.

Dr Pulch holds degrees in law and political sciences from the universities of Bonn, Paris and Cambridge. He received honorary citizenships of the State of Tennessee and the City of Little Rock, Arkansas.

DR BERNHARD ZIMBURG, AUSTRIAN AMBASSADOR TO AUSTRALIA
TOPIC: CULTURE

Dr Bernhard Zimburg started his diplomatic career in the Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 1982, with postings including, Poland, Nigeria, United States, Indonesia, Algeria and Japan.

Previous to his appointment as Austrian Ambassador to Australia (2016), he served as Head of Department: Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Pacific, ASEM, for the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs. He also served as Head of Unit East Asia and Pacific, for the Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

DR ANNA ELISABETH PRINZ, GERMAN AMBASSADOR TO AUSTRALIA
TOPIC: COMMERCE

Dr Prinz began her diplomatic career in 1986. Since then, she has held various postings at German Embassies, including in Colombo, Bucharest and Jakarta. Dr Prinz has also held other positions such as Deputy Head of the task force on EU-Enlargement, Media Commissioner and Ambassador for Science Policy in Berlin. Before coming to Australia she served as Deputy Ambassador in Tokyo and as Ambassador to Slovenia in Ljubljana.

Her work supports the initiatives of the high-ranking Australia-Germany Advisory Group - deepening and strengthening bilateral relations and exchange.

BETTY BERNARDICA PAVELICH SIROIS, CROATIAN AMBASSADOR TO AUSTRALIA
TOPIC: HERITAGE

Betty Pavelich Sirois has served as a multilingual senior diplomat, with more than 25 years of progressive experience in public service in Europe and North America. She has also worked as a Foreign Policy Advisor to the Speaker of the Parliament, Republic of Croatia and Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Croatia to NATO. She has a comprehensive knowledge of public affairs, international relations, and defence and security matters.

MARTHA MAVROMMATI, CYPRUS HIGH COMMISSIONER TO AUSTRALIA
TOPIC: EDUCATION AND RESEARCH

Since 2014, Martha Mavrommati has served as the Head of the Consular Affairs Division and is currently Head of Cultural Diplomacy. She has represented Cyprus in many International Conferences and meetings.

Martha Mavrommati has a long established career in the Foreign Service, with a number of postings including: Syria, the United States, and Brazil. Her background also includes work in the non-profit sector, journalism and academia.


 











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