The European Australian Business Council (EABC) is one of the premier and most effective corporate forums in Australia. The EABC enables business leaders to engage in high-level dialogue on economic and public policy issues with Australian and European political leaders, senior officials, diplomats and business delegations.
The European Union has been Australia’s largest economic partner for more than 25 years, and the world’s largest single market with a population of more than 500 million people. At the end of 2009, EU Foreign direct investment in Australia totalled $146.6 billion - aproximately 34% of total foreign direct investment.
Since the EABC’s establishment more than ten years ago, our Members have contributed greatly towards forging stronger business and institutional links between the European Union and Australia, working in close partnership with the official agencies of the European Commission and the Australian Government, and other peak business organisations.
AU-EU FTA Report Launch
Thursday, 28 November 13
GA Research in partnership with the European Australian Business Council (EABC) have undertaken a survey of Australian and European towards a free trade agreement (FTA) between Australia and the European Union, and what stakeholders perceive to be the risks and benefits of a potential FTA. The report of the survey was launched at a Conference hosted by the ANU Centre for European Studies Centre on the same topic in Canberra on Wednesday 27 November, 2013.
For further information and a copy of the report, please click here.
EU Ambassador to Australia addresses the EABC
Thursday, 3 October 13
In his first official speaking engagement of his posting, Ambassador Fabrizi joined EABC Members and guests for a Reception in Sydney, commenting on the current economic situation in Europe, where Europe stands in the global arena, and the EU-Australia relationship.
Read the full transcript on the EU Delegation’s website.
EABC 2013 Business Mission to Europe
Thursday, 20 June 13
The 2013 EABC Business Mission to Europe was led by HE Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO, Governor-General of Australia. The EABC was honoured that the Governor-General was the Head of its Delegation which visited France, Belgium, Slovakia and Austria from 2 -7 June 2013. This is the first occasion that an Australian Governor-General has led an economic mission overseas. The mission examined political and economic developments in Europe and the increasing influence that the institutions of the European Union hold in European and global affairs. The policy areas covered included financial markets, trade, energy, resources, climate change, infrastructure, innovation and many other areas of commercial interest.
Discussions also focused on Europe’s relationship with its major political and economic partners including China, Russia, and the US; European perspectives on the Asia-Pacific region, and co-operation between Australia and Europe in international institutions and forums such as the G20, NATO and the UN. The missions also provide a valuable opportunity for Australian business leaders to work with Australian Government representatives in Europe – principally with Australian Embassies and Missions and Austrade offices – to promote Australia’s economic credentials and capabilities, opportunities for European investment in Australia, and meeting with major European companies active in the Australian market.
The missions serve to profile the importance of Europe to Australia’s economy and the influence of European policy and institutions in global affairs. The programme provides prominent Australian business leaders, who are active in domestic policy circles, with insights into the drivers of European integration, often misreported or misrepresented in news reports and commentary. The missions have also been invaluable in foreing relationships and ongoing contact between the Council and peak business and policy groups.
EABC missions are actively supported by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Austrade, and Ambassadors to countries visited during the programme. The Delegation of the European Union to Australia and New Zealand and Embassies of European Member States also provide active support and endorsement of the missions.
The 2013 economic mission also marked the launch in Brussels of the inaugural Australian-European Leadership Dialogue.
EABC – Building Brand Australia – Australia Unlimited
“EABC is delighted to partner with Austrade to promote the Australia Unlimited campaign in key markets in Europe. Australia is well-recognised for the quality of its lifestyle, friendly people and can-do attitude. What’s less known is the strength of a growing, diverse and technologically-advanced economy strategically located in Asia. European companies and investors are seeing these opportunities and the Building Brand Australia campaign is a fantastic way to bring all of these elements together with a powerful and compelling message about what makes up Australia’s success, and where we are headed.”
- Jason Collins, CEO,
European Australian Business Council
During the June 2012 Business Mission, EABC members Alastair Walton, Nick Greiner and Hugh Morgan gave presentations to business audiences organised by Austrade in Frankfurt and The Hague, on opportunities in the financial services, investment, infrastructure and resources sectors in Australia as part of the Australia Unlimited outreach campaign.