3 JUNE 2019 - European Elections Forum & Cocktail Reception


Please join the European Australian Business Council (EABC) and the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) as they extend an invitation to EACCI members and guests, for a special forum on the upcoming elections which will be held across the twenty-eight Member States of the European Union between 23 and 26 May 2019.

The election results will have a major effect on the process of appointing the next European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union.

This is also a critical juncture for Europe, which made major advancements in achieving free trade agreements with important trading partners; in building new institutional frameworks and mechanisms; actions to combat climate change; and made major investments in the development of economic and social infrastructure, and in funding innovation, science and research.


With distinguished panellists including:

Dr. Michael Pulch; EU Ambassador to Australia Dr. Michael Pulch has been Ambassador of the EU to Australia since 2017. An accomplished diplomat, he has served as EU Ambassador to Singapore, and has had postings in China and Japan. 

Hon. Nick Greiner AC; EABC Chair and former Premier of NSW Hon. Nick Greiner is the Federal President of the Liberal Party of Australia and is a former Premier and Treasurer of NSW. He is currently Chairman of Rothschild Australia, QBE Asia Pacific, CHAMP Private Equity, and the EABC.

Zoya Sheftalovich; POLITICO Europe Contributing Editor Zoya Sheftalovich is a contributing editor and reporter for POLITICO, ranked by the annual ComRes/Burson-Marsteller survey as the most influential publication on European affairs. 

Prof. Philomena Murray; Jean Monnet Chair ad Personam Philomena Murray is Professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. She holds Australia's only Personal Jean Monnet Chair awarded by the European Union.

Jamie Smyth; Financial Times Australia Correspondent Jamie Smyth has been the Australia and Pacific Islands Correspondent at the Financial Times since 2014, having previously worked for the newspaper as the Irish Correspondent.

The European Union and Australia are currently in advanced staged of negotiations for an ambitious and comprehensive Free Trade Agreement, building on the strong foundations of shared values and common commitment to free and fair trade, underpinned by a rules-based international system, and high regulatory standards for social and environmental protections. A final negotiated deal will require the consent of the next European Parliament to be approved.



Date: Monday 3rd June 2019

Time: 5:00pm for a 5:30pm start; event will conclude at 7:30pm

Location: Union, Universities & Schools Club, 25 Bent Street, Sydney NSW

Cost: $70 pp, $85 pp for Non-Members 

Canapes and Drinks Included 

RSVP: 29th May 2019

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